Pa. Senate passes small games of chance reforms - abc27 WHTM

Pa. Senate passes small games of chance reforms

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Legislation to reform Pennsylvania's small games of chance law has passed the state Senate.

The legislation would allow volunteer fire companies and social organizations to increase individual prize limits from $1,000 to $2,000 for any single chance, and award up to $35,000 in prizes in any seven-day period.

Reporting requirements would be eliminated for volunteer organizations without a liquor license and for those with a liquor license that raise less than $30,000 a year from small games.

Raffle auctions, more commonly known as bashes or Chinese auctions, and night at the races would be added to the list of allowable games.

The legislation would also allow small betting pools such as those typically associated with the NCAA basketball tournament or Super Bowl.

Up to three organizations could host a joint fundraising event.

The measure would also change the revenue split from 70 percent for charity and 30 percent for the club's operational expenses to 60 percent for charity and 40 percent for the club.

The legislation is awaiting consideration in the state House.


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