Kansas Charitable Gaming Measure, SCR 1618 (2014)
|Voting on Gambling|
|Not on ballot|
This measure was sponsored in the legislature by the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs, and, specifically by Sen. Caryn Tyson (R-12). It was known in the legislature as Senate Concurrent Resolution 1618.
Raffles are currently considered gambling in Kansas, which makes holding raffles illegal in the state. In 2013, the legislature tried to expand the ability of charitable organizations to hold raffles, but the measure was vetoed by Gov. Sam Brownback (R) because he believed it would violate the state constitution. He said in a statement, “However, I support the Legislature’s policy goal of permitting certain limited raffles for charitable purposes," and he encouraged the legislature to consider a constitutional amendment, instead.
According to a summary of the measure by Senator Caryn Tyson,
On the November ballot, as a Kansas voter, you will be able to mark the ballot for or against a Constitutional change that would allow churches, veteran’s organizations, charities, and other non-profits to legally hold raffles. The Constitutional Amendment would restrict the number of raffles per year and ban electronic gaming or vending machines selling raffle tickets. 
Text of measure
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The following explanatory statement will be printed on the ballot with the amendment as a whole:
Explanatory statement. The constitution currently prohibits the operation of lotteries except for specifically authorized lotteries. A raffle is a lottery and is illegal under current law.
A vote for this proposition would permit the legislature to authorize charitable raffles operated or conducted by religious, charitable, fraternal, educational and veterans nonprofit organization. The legislature would define what constitutes a charitable raffle. Nonprofit organizations would be prohibited from contracting with a professional lottery vendor to manage, operate or conduct a charitable raffle.
A vote against this proposition would continue the current prohibition against all raffles. 
- See also: Kansas Constitution, Article 15
|§ 3d. Regulation, licensing and taxation of "raffles" authorized. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 3 of article 15 of the constitution of the state of Kansas, the legislature may authorize the conduct of charitable raffles, as defined by law, by nonprofit religious, charitable, fraternal, educational and veterans organizations. No such nonprofit organization shall contract with a professional raffle or other lottery vendor to manage, operate or conduct any raffle.|
Media editorial positions
- The Hutchinson News said,
It is time to make these fundraisers officially lawful, lest state regulators come in and start shutting down activities that, being more about fundraising than gambling, serve a worthy purpose. Besides, with the state running its own casinos, it seems hypocritical to say cheerleaders can’t be selling raffle tickets to raise money for the booster club or parent-teacher organizations for their school. 
—John D. Montgomery, Hutchinson News editorial board, 
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Kansas Constitution
Either house of the Kansas State Legislature can propose an amendment to the state's constitution. Two-thirds of the members of each chamber must approve the resolution. If they do, the proposed amendment goes on either the next statewide ballot during which members of the state legislature are elected, or on a special election ballot if the legislature agrees to have a special election for this purpose.
SCR 1618 was first introduced in the Senate on February 12, 2014. On March 12, 2014, the Senate passed a substitute concurrent resolution as amended. The House adopted this same substitute on March 26, 2014. On April 4, 2014, the resolution was enrolled and presented to the secretary of state.
March 12, 2014 Senate vote
|Kansas SCR 1618 Senate Vote|
March 26, 2014 House vote
|Kansas SCR 1618 House Vote|
- Open States, Kansas SCR 1618: State constitutional amendment authorizing raffles
- Full text of the measure
- Kansas Legislature, "Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 1618 By Committee on Federal and State Affairs," accessed May 14, 2014
- Open States, "Kansas 2013-2014 Regular Session, "SCR 1618: State constitutional amendment authorizing raffles," accessed May 14, 2014
- Associated Press, "Kansas voters to decide fate of charitable raffles," March 27, 2014
- The Wichita Eagle, "Brownback vetoes bill expanding Kansas raffles," June 17, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Ottawa Herald, "TYSON: State Senate action touches taxes, raffles," April 14, 2014
- HutchNews.com, "Legalizing raffles: Voters can make easy fix to allow raffle fundraisers for charity," March 26, 2014
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