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Despite strong opposition from the nonprofit community, the legislature passed and the Governor signed SB 549, a bill that would selectively expand charitable raffles and let professional sports teams and their foundations play by different raffle rules than the rest of us. One positive note is that the provisions are not permanent, and this special carve-out expires in three years. That gives us the opportunity to take another look at the experiences nonprofits and the Attorney General’s office have had with raffle laws, and craft a fairer system.

We strongly believe that laws affecting nonprofits should be created with input from stakeholders throughout the sector and should treat nonprofits equally. That’s why, as the statewide alliance for nonprofit organizations, we will be convening a multi-stakeholder task force to review the California raffle laws. CalNonprofits was one of the co-convenors for such a task force in 2000 that developed the current set of regulations.

We appreciate the nearly 100 of you who signed onto our letter to the Governor expressing opposition to this unfair bill. While we’re disappointed that fairness didn’t win out this time, we look forward to working with all of you on the next phase of this effort. 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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