HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives approved legislation Monday, authored by House Gaming Oversight Chairman Rep. Jim Marshall (R-Beaver/Butler), which would give local charities additional avenues to raise money at certain sporting events.
Expanding a law enacted in 2012 that permitted nonprofit organizations affiliated with the Commonwealth’s major league sports teams to conduct 50/50 raffles at sports games, House Bill 826 would expand this fundraising tool to collegiate sports teams.
“The 2012 law has proven to be an excellent tool for charities to raise money,” Marshall said.
Under the bill, half of the proceeds from raffle sales would go to the sports teams’ designated charity and the other half would go to the lucky fan holding the winning ticket.
“Ultimately, this is about all types of organizations coming together for the good of our communities — sports teams can help our charities raise money that will inevitably be invested back into the community, all while enhancing the experience for fans,” Marshall said.
House Bill 826
now awaits consideration by the state Senate.
Representative Jim Marshall
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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