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House Approves Small Games of Chance Legislation, Says Delozier

The state House today approved legislation that would provide sweeping changes to the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act, which governs fund-raising efforts of local groups and organizations, said Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland).  

“I am pleased legislative leaders have finally brought this measure up for consideration by the full House,” Delozier said.  “For quite some time, our community groups have been struggling to meet their expenses and fund projects and services throughout our local neighborhoods.  We are now one step closer to getting this bill signed into law.” 

House Bill 169 would update the small games of chance law, which has not been revised since 1988.  Under the proposal, limits for prize payouts would be increased from $500 to $1,000 for daily drawings, from $5,000 to $25,000 for weekly drawings and from $500 to $1,000 for raffles.  This legislation would also permit progressive games with a maximum cash value of $5,000.  Organizations that perform emergency services would be authorized to conduct one drawing per year with a maximum award of $50,000 for the purpose of raising funds to purchase equipment. Additionally, this bill would allow these organizations to use a portion of the money raised to help sustain capital projects like building and heating/ventilation repairs.  

“We should applaud the members of these volunteer organizations for their dedication and commitment to making a difference in our communities,” Delozier said.  “For the past several months, my colleagues and I on both sides of the aisle have urged our leaders to move this bill forward and our persistence has finally paid off. 

“This has never been a Republican or Democrat issue,” she continued.  “The General Assembly has an obligation to ensure our communities have the resources necessary to provide assistance to local residents.” 

The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration. 

Rep. Sheryl Delozier
88th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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