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Governor signs gaming legislation

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INDIANAPOLIS – March 22, 2012 – Waterfowl and other wildlife will be the ultimate beneficiaries of legislation signed by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels last Friday. Senate Enrolled Act 315, authored by state Sen. Randy Head and sponsored in the house by state Rep. Mark Messmer, streamlines the licensing and reporting process for charity auctions, such as Ducks Unlimited fundraising banquets.

"This legislation is really common sense," said Gildo Tori, Ducks Unlimited director of public policy. "It allows national organizations like DU to acquire one license to be used by local affiliates. It replaces a lengthy process with a 21-day application period, for example—just one of the things that make it easier for philanthropic organizations like DU to raise money for worthy causes."

Indiana's 11,561 DU members raised more than $600,000 through 87 events run by 52 individual volunteer committees in 2011. That money goes into habitat that benefits waterfowl, primarily wetlands and associated grasslands.

"It's great to see positive things happening in fundraising," said Curt Lee, Indiana DU state chairman. "Between this and the new DU license plate, we're really encouraged about the future of wetlands and waterfowl conservation in our state and across the country."


Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc

Media Contact:
Kristin Schrader
(734) 623-2000
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