Mullery supports legislation to help club licensees

HARRISBURG, June 13 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, said the state House of Representatives today passed legislation that would raise the fundraising thresholds for club licensees under the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act.

The threshold under which clubs could retain 100 percent of money raised through small games of chance would rise from $20,000 to $30,000 if proceeds are $60,000 or less annually, an increase from $40,000.

The annual proceeds increase is similarly laid out in legislation introduced last month by Mullery.

In addition to raising that cap, an amendment to H.B. 864 would raise the trigger for submitting an annual report to the Department of Revenue when proceeds from games of chance exceed $30,000, an increase of $10,000.

"Filling out this necessary paperwork would not be as burdensome for our veteran and fraternal organizations and other nonprofit clubs under the amended bill," Mullery said. “It also would help them satisfy their charitable mission.”

The underlying bill (H.B. 864) would allow the state’s six international airports to conduct 50/50 drawings with the proceeds to be donated to a charitable organization.

The Luzerne County lawmaker said the House-passed legislation is a good companion to a bill he introduced (H.B. 1334) that would help ease the reporting and fundraising burdens on club licensees even more.

Current state law requires clubs to submit their annual reports with details itemized weekly. Mullery’s legislation would change that requirement from weekly to quarterly.