Dunbar Votes to Send Small Games of Chance Update to Governor
HARRISBURG – Last week, Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) joined with the majority of his House colleagues in voting to send House Bill 169 to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk for his signature.

This legislation updates Pennsylvania’s 24-year old Small Games of Chance Act to create new definitions and increase prize limits for fundraising games used by volunteer fire companies, veterans’ organizations and other community service groups.

“Passage of this legislation is critical to enabling our volunteer fire companies, VFWs and countless other volunteer organizations to continue their valuable work of serving and protecting our local communities,” said Dunbar. “When it comes to serving our fellow man, state government must remove archaic, legislative obstacles that make raising adequate funding difficult or even impossible.”

Once signed into law, House Bill 169 will allow community service organizations to use up to 30 percent of the money raised for general operating expenses such as equipment, property taxes, new facility construction or repairs, and many other capital projects. The majority of the funds raised, 70 percent, would be used for public interest purposes such as sponsoring youth sports, refurbishing local parks, or giving out grants and scholarships to local students.

While not applying to bingo, the measure would also increase the weekly prize limit on small games of chance from $5,000 to $25,000, and permit fire companies and EMS organizations to conduct raffles with a weekly limit of $50,000.

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State Representative George Dunbar
56th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Ty McCauslin
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