Grove Votes for Small Games of Chance Update, Reforms expected to assist civic organization fundraising efforts and strengthen enforcement
11/15/2011
HARRISBURG – Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) joined the majority of his colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today when he voted in favor of legislation that would update the Commonwealth’s Small Games of Chance Act, allowing community organizations to increase their fundraising efforts.

“Fire companies, veterans organizations and other civic groups contribute so much to our communities, and this legislation is about encouraging these non-profit groups to continue to provide community services that government might otherwise be expected to perform and fund,” said Grove. “The legislation also will improve enforcement and compliance. It will modernize an act written more than 20 years ago.”

House Bill 169, written by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), would increase prize limits for small games of chance from $500 to $1,000 for daily drawings, from $5,000 to $30,000 for weekly drawings, and from $5,000 to $10,000 for raffles per calendar month. It also would allow organizations to use up to 30 percent of the money raised for the entity’s general operating expenses, which is currently prohibited by law, with certain specified prohibitions as to how the money may be used. The remaining 70 percent of the proceeds would be used in the public interest.

Organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars have come out in favor of the bill, and Gov. Tom Corbett has signified his support, as well.

“Many civic organizations have contacted my office to express support of this legislation,” said Grove, a co-sponsor of the bill. “I voted in favor of the legislation because it will help our dedicated volunteer firefighters, brave veterans and other pillars of our community. America was built on a foundation of citizens helping each other – not on the government intruding into every area of our lives. This legislation speaks to the heart of that founding principle.”

Grove noted his legislation to authorize quarter auctions, House Bill 1323, is still awaiting the consideration of the House Gaming Oversight Committee.

“I get a lot of questions about the quarter auction bill, and I am still calling for a committee vote on the legislation,” said Grove. “I give the committee and its chairman, Representative Curt Schroder, a lot of credit for tackling some very important issues this year, including several necessary gaming reform measures. I am hopeful the committee soon will turn its attention to my proposal, which would provide additional help to our community organizations.”

More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at RepGrove.com or Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.


State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives


Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com 
717.783.8063
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