The Indiana Gaming Commission recently implemented changes to charity gaming legislation. SEA 340-2011 included the expansion of the use of credit cards at an allowable event. Effective July 1, 2011, organizations may not accept credit cards or extend credit to a player for the purchase of a chance to play in a game of chance during an allowable event or for the purchase of licensed supply. However, a qualified organization is permitted to accept credit cards for the non-gaming portions of an allowable event; such as the purchase of food, beverages, merchandise, and retail goods and services offered at a benefit auction.
In addition, the legislation allows for the use of a volunteer ticket agent, removes related activities from the inclusion in gross revenue to determine license fees, and increases the number of days a qualified organization may hold a festival.