House bill would raise bingo limits


The House of Representatives last week passed a bill authored by state Rep. Don Walko, D-Allegheny, that would update Pennsylvania's limits on how much non-profit organizations can earn from bingo games.

“This legislation would modernize the way nonprofits raise funds in our state and update restrictions that have held them back. These changes would enable nonprofits such as volunteer fire companies and churches to expand their fund-raising capacity. With expanded gaming in Pennsylvania, these changes are more important than ever before,” Rep. Walko said.

The bill (H.B. 2204) would make several changes to reflect current technology and monetary inflation:

• increase the maximum payout per day from $4,000 to $10,000;

• allow organizations to have bingo up to four days a week, up from the current limit of two;

• allow an organization to offer one progressive jackpot per day that could increase by $10,000 per day, up to a limit of $50,000;

• allow the use of handheld electronic bingo cards;

• allow leasing of bingo halls and compensation for professionals to run the games; and

• remove limits on advertising.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.


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