Special Olympics bill headed to governor

TRI-CITY HERALDApril 24, 2013 

A Washington bill intended to help the Special Olympics raise money is the governor's signature away from approval.

The amended bill, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, passed the Senate on a 36-12 vote Tuesday. It was passed by the state House with revisions earlier this month.

If signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, the law would allow the state Gambling Commission to hold up to four enhanced raffles each year to support people with developmental disabilities through the Special Olympics.

The drawings would have a grand prize of up to $5 million, with individual ticket prices capped at $250. If signed, it would take effect July 28.

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