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State Rep. Michael Carroll, D-Avoca, announced clubs and fraternal organizations have been given a one-year reprieve from the requirement to file burdensome reports on the small games of chance they operate.

Act 2 of 2012 aimed at updating the state‚??s Small Games of Chance law and how games of chance for charitable and other public purposes are conducted.

Act 2 would require local fire departments, veterans‚?? organizations and other volunteer organizations across the state to file volumes of new paperwork.

In response to input from many local clubs and a review of the reporting requirements with club officials, Carroll co-signed a letter, along with like-minded House members, requesting a delay in the reporting requirements.

The moratorium issued by Gov. Corbett will delay the filings until Feb. 1, 2014.

The reporting requirements contemplated by the Commonwealth were over-aggressive and likely would have resulted in many clubs losing this valuable funding stream. There are thousands of organizations that rely on small games of chance to raise money for community services and programs, and the freeze gives the General Assembly time to reconsider this proposal. It was imperative clubs be allowed to continue their fund-raising programs while recalibrating reporting rules, Carroll said.

Understaffed volunteer groups have had difficulty understanding the law, as well as the further revisions passed late last year.

I applaud the Governor for taking this action and hope he will work with the General Assembly to tailor the reporting rules to the unique needs of our fraternal organizations and private clubs, Carroll said.
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