Pa. House advances small games of chance bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state House has approved legislation that would allow social clubs and other organizations offering small games of chance to increase their weekly prize payouts.

Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) says his proposal, House Bill 1313, would eliminate the $35,000 limit on weekly prizes. He says that would allow nonprofit and club licensees to make larger contributions to local charities such as fire companies and little league teams.

The bill would allow for 3-year games of chance licenses and expand the number and types of games offered by clubs, nonprofits, and tavern liquor licensees.

By law, Moul says all small games proceeds raised by nonprofits go to charities in their home communities, and nonprofits with liquor licenses must contribute 60 percent of their small games revenue to charity. Club licenses can keep the first $20,000 raised and must contribute 60 percent of additional revenue to charity.

His bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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