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Kauffman and Rock Support House Bill 169 Expanding Opportunities for Charitable and Civic Organizations to Raise Funds
5/4/2010

State Reps. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) and Todd Rock (R-Franklin) were among a majority of members voting in support of legislation to expand small games of chance opportunities for charitable and civic organizations. 

“The national economic situation has affected everyone, including our local fire companies, veterans groups and civic organizations. With Pennsylvania facing a mounting deficit, allocations from the state budget for these groups will likely decline or be eliminated, and pancake breakfasts and chicken barbeques are not bringing in enough money to support these essential organizations,” said Kauffman. “Their most profitable money raisers are small games of chance, such as raffles; however, with the law for these games being written more than 20 years ago, the payouts are small, thereby hindering the ability to raise sufficient funds for the organizations’ operating expenses. That is why this legislation is so important and why I voted ‘yes.’” 

Organizations affected by the legislation include charitable and civic organizations such as volunteer emergency services companies, fraternal and veterans organizations and religious organizations. 

House Bill 169 increases the allowable prize limit for raffles and daily drawings from $500 to $1,000 and increases the weekly prize limit from $5,000 to $25,000. It also creates a monthly drawing limit of $50,000.  

In addition, the legislation allows for progressive and insured games and places restrictions on advertisements of the games. 

“While I will never support full-blown casino gambling, as a long-time supporter of our local volunteer fire departments, veterans organizations, and the many other outstanding charitable, non-profit organizations whose survival literally depends on revenue for small games of chance to serve our communities, I was pleased to work together with Franklin County club members once again to secure final passage of this legislation in the House,” said Rock.   “Similar, if not greater, grassroots momentum will be necessary to move this legislation onto the governor’s desk for his signature.” 

Organizations supporting the legislation include Allied Charities, the Pennsylvania Federation of Fraternal and Social Organizations, the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) and the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute. 

House Bill 169 now goes to the state Senate for consideration. 

Rep. Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(717) 705-2004
(717) 264-3943
Member Site: 
RepKauffman.com
Contact:  Tricia G. Lehman
tlehman@pahousegop.com
(717) 772-9840
Caucus Site: 
PAHouseGOP.com

Rep. Todd Rock
90th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(717) 749-7384
(717) 597-2224
(717) 783-5218
Contact: Ty McCauslin
tmccausl@pahousegop.com
(717) 772-9979
Member Site: 
RepRock.com
Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com

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