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House Gaming Oversight Committee Learns More about PSP Enforcement, Education Efforts
8/21/2012
HARRISBURG – To help clear up much of the misinformation and confusion that has resulted from updates to the state’s Small Games of Chance Act, Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, today held an informational meeting with the state police’s Bureau of Liquor Code Enforcement (LCE).

“Today’s meeting was based on an informational workshop the bureau has held in eight regions of the Commonwealth to educate nonprofit organizations about changes in the law and to update them on the original Small Games of Chance law,” Pickett said. “This gathering also is helpful to lawmakers who have been answering many inquiries from constituents and nonprofit groups in their districts about the updates in the law.”

Although the LCE specifically enforces the Small Games of Chance law for nonprofit organizations that also hold liquor licenses, the information presented also benefits other community groups that offer raffles, drawings and other small games of chance, such as fire companies, fair associations, sports boosters, etc.

According to Sgt. Jamie Jones, commander of the LCE’s Punxsutawney district office who led today’s presentation, the bureau issues far more warnings than citations, and most of those deal with administrative violations, rather than criminal violations.

The LCE reported that the majority of questions posed by nonprofit groups – such as which games are permitted under the law – deal with the original act and not the changes made by Act 2 of 2012. The updates made last year increased prize limits and payouts and now allows nonprofit groups that do not function 100 percent in the public interest – such as VFW and American Legion clubs along with private membership clubs – to retain 30 percent for operating expenses with 70 percent for public interest purposes. Volunteer fire companies, rescue groups, food banks and other charitable groups with 100 percent public interest functions can still use 100 percent of the proceeds from small games of chance for their operational costs.

The full LCE seminar is available in a PowerPoint format on its website at www.lce.state.pa.us, along with worksheets, schedules and other required paperwork.

Pickett said that she and the committee will be reviewing the law and speaking with more interested groups about any improvements that may be needed so that the overall benefit of the Small Games of Chance Act – raising money for public interest projects – can be maintained.

State Representative Tina Pickett
110th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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