(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), March 28, 2013 – A resolution sponsored by Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) seeking to amend Tennessee’s Constitution to allow 501 (c) (19) charitable veterans groups to raise funds in the same manner as other 501 (c) (3) charitable organizations, has received final Senate approval. Veterans groups were left out of the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2002. That amendment allowed charitable groups registered with the Internal Revenue Service as 501 (c) (3) organizations to conduct an annual fundraising event like duck races, cake walks, raffles and other games of chance.
“Years ago when this constitutional amendment passed, our veterans were left out,” said Senator Crowe. “We have been working ever since to change the Constitution to give veterans the ability to raise funds to help the less fortunate in our community.”
Senate Joint Resolution 60 requires that any funds raised by the games go to purposes that benefit the community, veterans or retired veterans. It was approved by the 107th General Assembly and must receive a two-thirds plurality in the current 108th General Assembly. Upon passage in the House of Representatives, it then goes to voters in a statewide referendum in November 2014 where it must receive a simple plurality of votes cast in the race for governor.
“These veterans groups do a lot of good community service work and I am proud to join with my colleagues to find a way to help them in their efforts. I hope that we can all look forward to seeing this measure on the ballot in 2014,” Crowe concluded.