DOVER, Del. - The state Senate has approved a bill allowing veterans groups and fraternal organizations to operate slot machines.
The Senate voted 15-to-2 for the bill Tuesday after adding an amendment expanding the authorized gambling to include local fraternal societies not affiliated with national groups like the Elks or Moose.
The Markell administration and lawmakers have been looking to pacify veterans groups and fraternal organizations since they were told late last year to stop their illegal slots operations.
The bill makes permanent existing interim measures that allow the organizations to offer slots gambling, with the state keeping 40 percent of the proceeds after players are paid. The organizations would be required to use at least 40 percent of their winnings for charitable purposes.
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