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New Small Games of Chance Legislation Will Assist Nonprofit Service Groups in Raising Funds
November 28, 2013- Don Rooney
HARRISBURG- The Governor has signed legislation changing the laws covering small games of chance in Pennsylvania. 

Our 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.

Senator 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."

The 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.

The 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" events.

Additionally, 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.

Senator 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.

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