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Everett Agrees With Small Games Reporting Moratorium
By Rep. Garth Everett
January 8, 2013
The Department of Revenue has postponed the Feb. 1 deadline for organizations to file reports under Act 2 of 2012, the Small Games of Chance law, and delayed it for one year, Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) today said.
“I have heard from several constituents that this new law was onerous on small clubs and has created some confusion for organizations that run small games of chance,” said Everett. “I think the one-year moratorium on reporting is a good idea. Obviously, there were unintended consequences with the new law, and now, we will have to opportunity to correct that legislatively.”
Everett said there are many volunteer fire departments, veterans’ organizations and other charitable groups that use the small games as a way to raise funds to aid the communities where they are located in. He said the services they provide are important to the life of a community.
“Every year, these groups work hard to raise money which they then turn back to other worthy causes like youth sports and other programs that directly aid residents,” said Everett. “It was becoming clear that these new rules needed to be clarified so that they would not cause undue hardship on people already working on a volunteer level. I applaud the Department of Revenue for delaying enforcement of the new rules. This was the right thing to do.”
Everett added that work is already under way to bring a legislative remedy for the problem to the House floor. Additionally, Everett said that during the moratorium he will be pushing for legislative changes that exempt small clubs and organizations from many of the new regulations