ALBANY — Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, is calling on the New York State Gaming Commission to take the necessary steps to fully implement the Charitable Gaming Act, which will allow non-profit groups to sell raffle tickets via the internet and provide for additional payment options for raffles and other fundraising activities.

Gallivan sponsored the legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2017. It directed the Gaming Commission to develop and approve regulations to allow the law to take effect in June 2018.

The commission never adopted the changes.

“The fact that this law has not been fully implemented nearly three years after being passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor is inexcusable,” Gallivan said in a news release. “Non-profit groups need this law now more than ever. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many charitable organizations have been unable to hold in-person fund raising events.”

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