— The Pennsylvania General Assembly continues efforts to ensure civic and veterans’ groups have the flexibility to use money collected through Small Games of Chance. The House passed legislation by Sen. Michele Brooks (R-Crawford/Erie/Mercer/Warren) which would extend Rep. Kate Klunk’s (R-Hanover) Act 118 of 2020
“I am grateful to Sen. Brooks for picking up the torch to extend legislation I crafted during the pandemic when many community clubs and service organizations were struggling. American Legions, VFWs, Moose Lodges and other civic clubs are vital parts of our communities, and they need more time to bounce back,” said Klunk.
Typically, the proceeds from games are split 60/40. Sixty percent goes toward charitable endeavors and the remainder stays with the club that collected the money. Under Klunk’s Act 118 of 2020, clubs were allowed to use 60% of Small Games of Chance money to cover general operating expenses including rent, payroll and utilities. Brooks’ bill extends that ability through the end of the calendar year. Following that period, rules will revert to the standard 60/40.
Senate Bill 1159
now goes to the governor’s desk for signature.