HARRISBURG, Pa., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today ceremonially signed House Bill 169, a bill to help eligible organizations to raise money for charitable causes by increasing prize limits for small games of chance.
The measure, now Act 2 of 2012, updated several measures within the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act, including prize payout limits. It applies only to registered eligible organizations, including a charitable, religious, fraternal or veterans' organizations, clubs, or civic and service associations.
The bill, originally signed by Corbett on Feb. 2 and effective on March 3, increases the individual prize limit from $500 to $1,000, and a group may award up to $25,000 in prizes a week. Club licensees are also now permitted to use up to 30 percent of proceeds from small games of chance for operational expenses.
The act also requires that each license application include the results of a Pennsylvania State Police criminal history record information check on the executive officer and secretary of the eligible organization making the application.
The governor was joined by the bill's sponsor, Rep. Sheryl Delozier, along with other government officials and representatives of civic groups during a ceremony at American Legion Post #143 in New Cumberland, Cumberland County.
For more information on the updated law, visit the Department of Revenue online at www.revenue.state.pa.us/SGOC.
Media contact: Eric Shirk, 717-783-1116
SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor