Some recent issues have led to the city of Clinton enforcing obtaining licenses for event raffles.
According to state statute, registration is required for community organizations and non-profit groups. Clinton Mayor Carolyn Peters explains this is something that has been in place for a couple years but has not been enforced. She notes the group needs to get the approval of the governmental entity where the raffle would be held.
There are two different licenses that can be obtained. Mayor Peters explains there are yearly licenses as well. She says organizations that have weekly drawings or raffles can obtain a license and approval once rather than having to continuously come back to City Council meetings for approval.
The city will conduct background checks on the person administering the raffle. Mayor Peters explains after the raffle, the winnings need to be reported to the city as well. A one time license or a license for a year is free of charge.
Mayor Peters says this is going to be a learning experience for those at City Hall as well as those wishing to administer a raffle. She reminds those organizations the Clinton City Council meets the first and third Monday of the month and they must get themselves on the agenda to get approval for the license.