Small Games of Chance Legislation Will Assist Nonprofit Service Groups in
28, 2013- Don Rooney
The Governor has signed legislation changing the laws covering small games of
chance in Pennsylvania.
speaker is Senator Tim Solobay of Washington County, a strong supporter of the
small games of chance bills that Gov. Corbett signed into law Wednesday.
Solobay, who is a volunteer fire chief in Canonsburg in Washington County, says
the new Small Games of Chance Legislation signed into law by Gov. Corbett
"represents a necessary compromise that will help local volunteer
organizations that are doing good work for our communities."
new law eliminates the reporting requirements for volunteer organizations
without a liquor license. For those with a liquor license that raise less than
$20,000 per year from small games, there would be no annual reporting requirement. Many organizations complained that the new
reporting requirements enacted last year are cumbersome, confusing, and
onerous, which discouraged members from volunteering to keep the books.
measure also increases prize limits and expand the types of games allowed to
include popular games such as raffle auctions, commonly referred to as bashes
or Chinese Auctions, small betting pools and "Night at the Races"
the legislation allows clubs to keep more of the revenue they raise from small
games to help with expenses and expands the type of spending that is eligible,
allowing them to put it where itís needed most.
Solobay says the new law also allows taverns to offer small games of
chance. Taverns will be able to keep 35
percent of the profits from the games, with 60 percent going to the state and
35 percent to the municipality where the tavern is located.