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Pa. House passes bill to expand limits for small games of chance

May 04, 2010

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that would expand the limits for small games of chance held by charitable and civic organizations.

Franklin County representatives Rob Kauffman and Todd Rock, both Republicans, voted in favor of the measure.

House Bill 169 would increase the allowable prize limit for raffles and daily drawings from $500 to $1,000, and it would increase the weekly prize limit from $5,000 to $25,000, according to a news release.

It would create a monthly drawing limit of $50,000, the news release stated.

House Bill 169 will go to the Pennsylvania Senate for consideration. It passed the House 166-24, according to the Pennsylvania General Assembly's website.

In February, representatives of social clubs told The Herald-Mail they have laid off employees, raised food prices and reduced charitable contributions because of Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement crackdowns on small games of chance.

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"With the law for these games being written more than 20 years ago, the payouts are small, thereby hindering the ability to raise sufficient funds for the organizations' operating expenses," Kauffman said in the news release.

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