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The Honorable Jeff Pyle, jpyle@pahousegop.com
Pyle Says Local Groups Rely on Small Games of Chance for Funding
3/25/2010

Ford City lawmaker urges House leaders to move House Bill 169 

Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong/Indiana) recently joined several Pennsylvania Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, fraternal organizations and volunteer firefighters at a press conference to urge legislative leaders in the House to call up House Bill 169 for a vote. 

“Our fraternal organizations, fire halls and veteran groups in the 60th District and across the state are struggling to remain financially solvent,” Pyle said.  “Partly due to an outdated law, these groups have been unable to adequately raise funds to support their programs and operations.” 

The Local Option Small Games of Chance Act was originally signed into law in 1988 to give community organizations the ability to conduct daily and weekly games of chance to finance capital projects and provide assistance to local neighborhoods.  Since prize payouts have remained at 1988 levels, local groups have been unable to keep pace with the escalating costs of utilities and maintenance. 

Under House Bill 169, limits for prize payouts would be increased from $500 to $1,000 for daily drawings, from $5,000 to $25,000 for weekly drawings and from $500 to $1,000 for raffles.  This legislation would also permit progressive games with a maximum cash value of $5,000.  Organizations that perform emergency services would be able to conduct one drawing per year with a maximum award of $50,000 for the purpose of raising funds to purchase equipment. In addition, this bill will allow these organizations to use a portion of the money raised to help the groups sustain capital projects like fixing a roof, purchasing an emergency generator or replacing a heating system. 

“Our fire departments serve our communities in so many remarkable ways,” Pyle said.  “Their selfless service is a model of commitment for our local communities.  The Legislature should not stand in their way to raise the funds they need to function and help others.” 

He noted that this legislation would give emergency personnel the ability to focus more of their time on their main duty – fighting fires and responding to emergency calls.  “Aside from training and responding to emergencies, not many folks realize the amount of time and money a volunteer firefighter personally donates to maintain operations,” Pyle said.  “This legislation will assist them and our other valued local organizations in achieving greater self-sufficiency with no impact to the taxpayers.  It’s important to know that this proposal is very different than what brought in legalized casinos.  There is no comparison and that is why I support House Bill 169. 

It’s much more acceptable to me to have our fire halls, fraternal and other philanthropic organizations operate small games of chance to benefit themselves rather than for the corporate casinos to just take our money, he continued.  I’m hopeful this legislation will help relieve the financial burden put on our local firefighters and other fraternal/beneficial and veterans’ organizations.” 

Rep. Jeff Pyle
60th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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