Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho making it easier for religious, veterans’, civic and charitable organizations to hold raffle fundraisers was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Sen. Steven Oroho’s legislation would allow organizations holding raffle fundraisers to offer larger prizes without having to apply for a license. (Flickr)
“Many charity and veterans’ organizations hold raffles to help raise the funds needed to pay for the valuable public services they offer,” said Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Under New Jersey’s outdated regulations, however, it is nearly impossible to hold a raffle without having to go through the hassle and expense of applying for a special license. Raising the threshold for the types of door prizes that can be offered will go a long way in helping these organizations raise more funds for the programs and services they provide.”
Senator Oroho’s S-1941 would allow organizations to offer door prizes valued up to $200 without having to apply for a license. Currently, an organization has to have a license for any raffle door prize valued at over $50.
The legislation was introduced based off of recommendations made by the state’s Red Tape Review Commission, of which Senator Oroho is a member.
S-1941 must go to the full Senate for a vote before being sent to the Governor for approval. Identical legislation unanimously passed the full Assembly in May 2014.