(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Prieto, Angelica M. Jimenez, Daniel R. Benson, Troy Singleton and Paul D. Moriarty that would make way for veterans' organizations to use the net proceeds from games of chance to support their organizational expenses has been signed into law.
The law (A-2519) allows bona fide veterans' organizations or associations, registered with the New Jersey Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission and licensed by a municipality, to use the net proceeds from games of chance to support their organizations. Currently, these net proceeds can only be used for educational, charitable, patriotic, religious or public-spirited purposes.
"Cost increases in electric, gas, oil and other utilities support the need for this provision," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "These proceeds can help these organizations better balance their expenses and focus their energies on helping our veterans, instead of worrying about how they will be able to afford them."
"Many veterans' organizations must deal with increased living expenses amid dwindling donations and membership fees," said Jimenez (D-Bergen/Hudson). "We already offer this courtesy to senior citizen associations and clubs. I don't see why we can't extend it to these groups who assist veterans in need."
"These groups provide a refuge for our veterans," said Benson (D-Middlesex/Mercer). "It would be a disservice if we allowed these organizations to falter. Allowing them to use these proceeds to support their organizations is the proper gesture for a group that has contributed so much to our state and country."
"The economy has forced many people to tighten their belts and think twice about making donations to groups like veterans' organizations," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "These organizations provide valuable services for our veterans. This law helps ensure that they can continue to do so."
"These organizations assist not just veterans, but the communities where they are located," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). "Many double as community centers and provide financial aid to local fire and EMS volunteers. We have a responsibility to help them so they can continue to offer these services."