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House Approves Delozier’s Proposed Modernization of Small Games of Chance Act
11/16/2011
HARRISBURG — House Bill 169, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), which would amend current Small Games of Chance law to allow nonprofit associations, charitable organizations and other civic groups to raise revenues to support their community as well as maintain their operation was approved by the House today.

Delozier’s bill would update the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act, which has not been updated since 1988, allowing for increased limits for prize payouts.

Small games of chance licenses are used by charitable organizations to raise funds to assist those in the local community. These nonprofit groups assist community residents by sponsoring youth sports, supporting fire companies and veteran events, refurbishing local parks, and giving out grants and scholarships to our students.

“Because of this outdated law, which contains minimum payout awards with the requirement that 100% return to the community, non-profit civic and service organizations struggle to raise necessary funds to keep their doors open,” said Delozier. “We need to work to preserve the role that local organizations have in our communities and ensure they have the means necessary to advance their goals, to our benefit. These groups are the stability of our towns working to benefit all of us.”

House Bill 169 would increase limits for prize payouts from $500 to $1,000 for daily drawings, from $5,000 to $30,000 for weekly drawings and from $5,000 to $10,000 for raffles per calendar month.

While most of the proceeds raised by these organizations would be distributed for public interest purposes, Delozier’s legislation would allow these organizations to begin using a small portion of the money raised to help sustain capital projects such as fixing a roof or heating system.

“My legislation allows for 70/30 division of the funds,” said Delozier. “Seventy percent of the revenue would continue to be used to fund projects and services throughout our local communities, while the remaining 30 percent of revenues could be used to sustain projects necessary to finance their operating expenses or upgrade their equipment.”

In addition to adjusting the current statutes surrounding small games of chance, House Bill 169 also sets stricter enforcement measures and penalties for organizations that do not comply with the regulations. "While the goal to help the community organization is the priority, with increased flexibility comes the need for additional accountability" said Delozier. "The civic clubs, organizations, state agencies and law enforcement personnel that I have worked with in crafting the compromise have recognized that need and worked to address it fairly."

“This is not a partisan issue,” Delozier said. “I am pleased that so many of my colleagues in the House, both Republicans and Democrats, agreed that it was important to ensure our communities have the resources necessary to provide assistance to local communities and residents, especially at a time when there is less money available from all levels of government.”

House Bill 169 now goes to the Senate for consideration.


State Representative Sheryl Delozier
88th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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