The legislators have approved a bill to legalize casino nights for charities in North Carolina.
On Monday, the house of representatives voted 95-17 in favor of the bill. The changes to the existing legislation were approved, allowing charities to host casino nights now to raise funds.
While charities in the state have been organizing casino nights, now it is approved by the law.
Lawmakers in favor of the bill have said that it was not fair to keep charities from organizing such events and that nonprofits should be allowed to host casino nights.
However, the bill will only apply east of Interstate 26 to comply with Cherokee casino agreements.
North Carolina has two tribal casinos Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino.
Earlier in April, the senate had approved sports betting at the two North Carolina’s tribal casinos.
The Senate had Voted 43-7 in favor of Senate Bill 154 which seeks to allow the two Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Casinos offer sports betting and horse wagers.
Talking about the additional revenues the state can generate by legalizing sports betting, Senator Jim Davis, who had introduced the bill to the Senate, had said: “It is expected that the sports betting regulation will enhance the revenue of the tribe [by] about $14 million a year and that will yield about $1 million for the state.”