Snyder applauds passage of measure to help veterans’ service organizations

CARMICHAELS, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Pam Snyder said she’s pleased that veterans’ service organizations, including the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters, are closer to getting some relief, as many of these chapters have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the unanimous passage of H.B. 777, which she co-sponsored, would allow these organizations to use all revenue from Small Games of Chance temporarily to help keep them afloat.

“The clubs that operate in my area and across our state are such an integral part of our communities,” said Snyder. “Not only do they provide a place for veterans to gather, but they also support several local causes and efforts, including blood drives, support for youth sports, and so much more. I know they’ve been hit extremely hard by this pandemic, and I was proud to support this measure, because it will truly be a life-saver for these clubs and help them survive.”

Under current law, the clubs are required to give 60% of their Small Games of Chance revenue to charity and allows them to keep the remaining 40%. House Bill 777 would allow the clubs to tap into the remaining 60% of those funds and use it to pay employees, rent, utilities and other operational expenses.

Back in September, Snyder supported an effort to create a one-time grant program to help the clubs stay afloat.

House Bill 777 heads to the governor’s desk for further action.