House Approves Grove Coin Auction Amendment to Local Option Small Games of Chance Legislation
6/13/2012
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today approved an amendment authored by Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) that would add coin auctions to the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act.

“Many nonprofit organizations in my district have approached me asking for coin auctions to be legalized,” said Grove. “Coin auctions are a successful revenue generator for nonprofit groups, which provide very important private-sector services to our communities. It is important for us to empower charitable organizations to raise funds, and I believe adding coin auctions to the Small Games of Chance Law is a good start.”

Grove’s amendment was added to Senate Bill 444, which would further update Pennsylvania’s Local Option Small Games of Chance Act. The amendment was approved by a vote of 183-15.

Last year, Grove authored House Bill 1323, which also would legalize coin auctions. The legislation has been before the House Gaming Oversight Committee since April 2011.

Coin auctions have made headlines in the past, as many charitable groups used them as fundraisers without knowing they were not permitted by law. This put prosecutors in the awkward position of taking legal action against the groups or turning a blind eye to the prohibited activity.

“The times are changing, and it is important for the Legislature to keep up with current trends in small games of chance to the benefit of our nonprofit organizations,” said Grove. “These groups have already seen their efforts overshadowed with the legalization of casino gambling in Pennsylvania. They have to be able to offer games attractive to participants in order to fund their charitable missions. If these groups are unable to meet the needs of the community, government may be forced to step in and provide assistance, costing us all.”

A final House vote on Senate Bill 444 is expected in the near future. It will then go back to the Senate for consideration.

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

State Representative Seth Grove
196th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
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