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Pa. Postpones Reporting Requirements For Groups Running Small Games Of Chance

(The Pennsylvania capitol, in Harrisburg.  File photo)

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – The Corbett administration has granted a reprieve to private clubs and others who were faced with new reporting requirements for small games of chance.

A new law that raised the prize limits for small games of chance is something that groups wanted, but the law also includes licensing and reporting requirements that those groups protested were an undue burden.

So, Elizabeth Brassell, spokeswoman for the state Revenue Department, says the Corbett administration has determined that it can waive the new reporting requirements for a year.

“While the law required the reports, it did not set a date for the reporting to begin. So, the intent is that the one year delay in reporting will allow us to determine whether legislative change is warranted, and what additional outreach to the regulated community is appropriate.”

But Brassell notes that accountability for organizations that run small games of chance will be a critical element and that provisions of the law that require groups to maintain records and prepare for future reporting are still in place.