Kansas voters legalize charity fundraising raffles

Decision 2014 (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas has legalized charity fundraising raffles.

Voters approved an amendment to the state constitution in Tuesday’s election. The measure allows nonprofit, religious, veterans and other organizations to hold raffles as fundraisers.

But organizations will not be allowed to sell raffle tickets through electronic gambling or vending machines or contract with professional lottery or raffle companies to operate their contests.

Legislators sought to allow such contests by law in 2013, but Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed the measure, seeing a violation of the state constitution.

The constitution originally prohibited all forms of lotteries. Under existing Kansas law, raffles are essentially private lotteries.

Kansas now has a state lottery and state-owned casinos, but they’re permitted under a 1986 amendment making an exception to the overall ban on lotteries.

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