Grove Celebrates Passage of Legislation Aimed at Increasing the Success of Nonprofit Organizations
1/25/2012
HARRISBURG - Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) released the following statement today regarding the House’s concurrence vote on House Bill 169, which would increase the prize limits for small games of chance and make several other important changes to Pennsylvania’s Local Option Small Games of Chance Act:

“This legislation is about reducing government intervention in our communities by providing each nonprofit organization with the tools it needs to successfully carry out its individual mission. Nonprofit organizations rely on fundraising efforts, not government funds, which is why it is important for state government to increase the allowable prize limits and give our community organizations a chance to raise more money.

“The last time this legislation was updated was more than 20 years ago. Nowadays, these groups are facing competition from table games, slot machines, Powerball and other lottery games. In order for them to compete, nonprofit organizations must be able to offer attractive prizes or people will send their dollars elsewhere.

“The types of organizations that stand to benefit from this update of our law include, but are not limited to, our dedicated fire and emergency medical services (EMS) organizations, groups supporting services for veterans, civic organizations, churches, educational organizations, and many more. This legislation will have a positive impact on every community in this Commonwealth, as nonprofit organizations expect to see an impressive increase in funds raised.”

The Pennsylvania Federation of Fraternal and Social Organizations, the Pennsylvania Association of Nationally Chartered Organizations, the Pennsylvania State Veterans Commission, members of the Pennsylvania American Legion, and many others have spoken out in support of this legislation.

House Bill 169 would set a weekly prize limit of $25,000 and increase the maximum prize for a single game of chance from $500 to $1,000, unless a special permit has been obtained. The monthly prize limit for raffles would double from $5,000 to $10,000. Under the legislation, fire and EMS organizations could host a raffle with a $50,000 limit, which is not subject to an aggregate limit.

The legislation would allow organizations to use up to 30 percent of proceeds for capital projects, like building repairs, while requiring at least 70 percent of proceeds to be distributed for public interest purposes.

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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