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Mon Feb 18, 2019, 12:57 AM

'Casino Night' fundraiser at NC Museum of History canceled after legal questions

RALEIGH -- Legislative Republicans have renewed their criticism of Gov. Roy Cooper’s 2017 veto of a bill allowing nonprofit “game night” fundraising events featuring casino-style games and alcohol — and it’s prompted a popular fundraiser to get canceled.

In a news release Wednesday, Rep. Jamie Boles of Moore County and Sen. Rick Gunn of Alamance County, both Republicans, pointed to a “Casino Night” event being held this weekend at the N.C. Museum of History, and they said Cooper’s administration is violating a law he refused to change.

“This game night is occurring on state property, literally across the street from the governor’s office where he decided not to allow it,” Gunn said in a news release.

The governor’s office isn’t involved in facility rentals at the history museum, which is available for private events and overseen by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Saturday’s event is an annual fundraiser hosted by the N.C. Museum of History Associates, and its website promises “casino game tables” and “blackjack tables” in addition to food and alcohol.

Read more: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article226386505.html

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