Small Games of Chance Reporting Requirement Delay

This week's column from State Sen. Wayne Fontana.

During the 2011-12 legislative session, the General Assembly passed legislation, Act 2 of 2012, which increased prize limits for small games of chance for the first time in 23 years. Under this legislation, prize limits for daily games increase from $500 to $1,000, weekly games from $5,000 to $25,000, and monthly raffles from $5,000 to $10,000.

These changes to the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act will help many of our non-profit organizations raise additional and much-needed revenue. Whether it be veterans’ or fraternal organizations, religious groups, or civic or service associations, the increased prize limits will help keep them afloat as most of the money will be returned to the community which in turn will benefit us all.

In addition to increasing prize limits, this legislation also introduced new reporting requirements for eligible organizations. These reporting requirements were set to commence on Feb. 1. After hearing from many organizations on the difficulty they would have in submitting reports in time, I, along with my colleagues in the Senate Democratic Caucus, requested the Corbett Administration delay implementation of these reporting requirements.

I am pleased to report that the delay has been granted and that small games of chance licensees will have a year to meet the new reporting requirements. This extension will provide the General Assembly the opportunity to make some necessary adjustments to the reporting requirements to the newly changed law. The increase in prize limits will not be affected.

For more information on Small Games of Chance reporting requirements and to view frequently asked questions, please visit https://www.doreservices.state.pa.us/SGOC/Report/Default.aspx. You may also direct questions to the Department at 717-787-8275.


Senator Wayne D. Fontana

42nd Senatorial District


MSgt. John DeLallo January 09, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Senator Fontana seems to want everything to be Republican or Democrat. While I applaud his efforts to kill Act 2, and the moratorium on reporting, please. This had to be a bipartisan effort, with kudos to both sides of the aisle. After all, the "other side" has control of Senate, House, and the Governor's Mansion. Now if we can get a bi-partisan effort in place to tell the State Police and LCE to butt out (their 117 page regulation started the complaining) we're home free. Make no mistake, I completely agree with Senator Fontana's efforts, along with the other members of House and Senate who supported this effort.
MSgt. John DeLallo January 09, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I looked at my post, and didn't make myself clear enough. This is a great example of what good things happen in Harrisburg when everybody works together. If a Republican had published this article, I would have chastised him/her as well. Keep up the good work for the "Common-Wealth", Senator. Give yourself a Bravo Zulu.


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