Saylor Votes to Send Small Games of Chance Reforms to Governor’s Desk
HARRISBURG - Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York County) today voted to send a measure, House Bill 169, to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk that would restore the ability for veterans groups and fire companies to effectively use small games of chance to raise the money needed to help run their organizations.

“Due to inflation, the prize restrictions and other limitations that were placed on small games of chance two decades ago have made it impossible for many veterans groups and fire companies in York County to assist their neighbors to the degree they had in past years or purchase the modern firefighting equipment needed to protect their communities,” Saylor said. “These changes will enable these organizations to once again raise the funds they need to do their work.”

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 use up to 30 percent of the money raised for general operating expenses and capital projects.

The majority of the funds raised, 70 percent, would be used for public interest purposes such as sponsoring youth sports, refurbishing local parks, or giving out grants and scholarships to local students.

The measure would increase the weekly prize limit of $25,000 on small games of chance from $5,000 to $25,000, and permit fire companies and EMS organizations to conduct raffles with a weekly limit of $50,000.

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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