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Several Small Games of Chance Act Updates Under Consideration
2/14/2013
Many organizations that operate small games of chance rely on fundraisers to keep their doors open and to continue their valuable contributions to our communities. That is why I supported and sponsored several pieces of legislation that make further updates to the Small Games of Chance Act.

Major updates passed by the General Assembly last session were enacted to benefit these organizations by allowing them to increase their prize limits. However, since its enactment, the Small Games of Chance Act has raised some concerns and highlighted the need to make additional modifications to this law.

After receiving feedback from various local nonprofit organizations that rely on the money generated through the use of games for fundraising, I felt it was crucial to revisit this bill to specifically address the concerns of my district.

As a result, I introduced legislation, House Bill 657, which would give licensed organizations under the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act the ability to conduct the popular “race night games.”

Current law states that only punchboards, daily drawings, weekly drawings, 50/50 drawings, raffles and pull-tabs are permitted to be played by a licensed eligible organization. My legislation would expand this to include race night games. Many of our charitable organizations would like to hold these games and have contacted me to express their concern about this game being left out of the current law. Simply put, adding this type of game to current law, as proposed in my legislation, will provide our local charitable groups with an additional way to raise money for their organizations.

Another piece of legislation that I co-sponsored, House Bill 290, which recently passed 186-10 through the House, includes two amendments I authored. This bill would make a number of clarifications, including the addition of selected raffles such as Chinese Auctions, quarter auctions, race night games, Texas Hold’em, poker runs and vertical wheels.

This legislation would also clarify the definition of a “public interest” purpose. It makes it clear in state law that an entity operating solely in the public interest – such as a volunteer fire company – has the ability to retain the money for its own charitable purposes. A further revision would clarify the use of another organization’s licensed premises.

The new legislation would permit club licensees – which are organizations with a liquor license – to retain the first $40,000 in small games of chance proceeds for their own use. Once the $40,000 has been retained by the organization, the current 70 percent/30 percent split of proceeds between public interest purposes and general operating expenses would begin.

This legislation now awaits consideration in the Senate. For more information regarding legislation that pertains to updates to the Small Games of Chance Act, visit my website at www.RepBoback.com.

Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Lauren Whetzel
717.260.6451
lwhetzel@pahousegop.com
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