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BATON ROUGE - Michael Legendre was recently named Director for the Department of Revenue''s new Office of Charitable Gaming.
Under Act 568 of the 1999 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, the Office of Charitable Gaming was transferred from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Revenue. The new office is responsible for issuing and renewing annual state licenses required for organizations conducting games of chance like charitable raffles, bingo, etc. The office will also monitor licenses for compliance with gaming laws and regulations and train gaming organizations in the proper use of the Uniform Accounting System.
Legendre has been in state service for 18 years and comes to the Department from State Police where he was audit supervisor of Video Gaming for the past seven years. Previously, he also served as auditor and as an audit supervisor for Charitable Gaming. He began his state career at the Office of Financial Institutions and later served as a Special Investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division of the Department of Revenue before being employed at State Police.
"I''m excited about these new duties," Legendre says, "and I''m looking forward to helping Revenue get the Office of Charitable Gaming up and running properly and as fairly as possible." The law transferring Charitable Gaming from State Police requires that the office be fully functioning by January 1, 2000. Right now, Legendre says the office is in transition from State Police to the Department of Revenue, but will be ready by the January deadline.
A native of Baton Rouge, Legendre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University. He and his wife Terri have three children and are active workers in the St. Jude Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.
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