Saylor Lauds Passage of Small Games of Chance Reforms, Updates long sought by veterans groups and fire companies
HARRISBURG - Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York County) today announced passage of House Bill 169, which would allow veterans groups, social clubs, and fire companies to once again effectively use small games of chance to raise the money needed to help run their organizations.

Saylor noted that this type of fundraising is important to the many groups in Pennsylvania that help their neighbors in times of need and assist with community improvements such as playground and public park enhancements.

“Organizations in my community have unfortunately had their ability to purchase fire-fighting equipment and assist their neighbors in times of need curtailed in recent years due to outdated small games of chance regulations,” Saylor said. “I am pleased the competing sides of this important matter are now close to an agreement that can reach the governor’s desk.”

The reforms House Bill 169 makes to the 23-year-old Small Games of Chance Act would allow organizations such as veterans groups and fire companies to raise funds for general operating expenses, such as property taxes, utilities, heating and air conditioning, water and sewer, property insurance, liability insurance, mortgage payments, interior and exterior repairs, and new facility construction.

The legislation also increases the maximum prize for a single chance from $500 to $1,000, and the maximum weekly prize limit from $5,000 to $30,000 in a seven-day period.

A maximum limit of $50,000 for a monthly drawing per calendar month would be allowed, as well as a maximum limit of $100,000 for total prizes in a calendar month.

The bill raises prize limits for a raffle from $5,000 to $10,000 per month, and a raffle could exceed the $1,000 per single chance limit if the organization has obtained a special permit. Most organizations would be able to obtain three special permits per license term. Volunteer fire, ambulance and rescue organizations could get up to five. The total cash value of all prizes under a special permit would be $100,000 per license term.

Small games of chance regulations do not apply to bingo.

House Majority Whip Stan Saylor
94th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Charles Lardner
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