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We got a terrific response from organizations and individuals throughout California to oppose SB549, which would selectively expand charitable raffles and let professional sports teams and their foundations play by different raffle rules than the rest of us. Thanks to the dozens of you who signed onto our letter

This “David and Goliath” story went national! You can read the Associated Press story, which quotes CalNonprofits’ CEO Jan Masaoka and member Sara Griffen, who runs the Imperial Valley Food Bank. Unfortunately, the bill still passed in both the Senate and the Assembly, although not without some dissent. CalNonprofits thanks the legislators who stood up to vote against it:

Assemblymembers: Mike Gatto (D-43), Lorena Gonzalez (D-80), Richard Gordon (D-24), Tom Lackey (R-36), Brian Maienschein (R-77), Philip Ting (D-19), Das Williams (D-37) 
Senators: Mark Leno (D-11) and Bill Monning (D-17).

Ten additional legislators did not vote or abstained.

But our fight is not over! We are preparing our letter to Governor Jerry Brown, urging his veto of SB 549. If you would like to sign on, please email Nancy Berlin before September 15th at 5 pm PT. The deadline for the Governor to sign or veto bills is Oct 11th, but we need to weigh in with his office soon.

CalNonprofits will continue to stand up for nonprofits and the communities they serve. If you’d like to be more involved in our advocacy efforts, contact Nancy Berlin.
You can read more about this bill and others that CalNonprofits is weighing in on here at the CalNonprofits Bill Tracker.

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