Local clubs and charitable organizations will be allowed to use 50/50 drawings as a fundraiser starting Sunday under Pennsylvania's small games of chance reform legislation.
Meanwhile, a group of 13 state lawmakers, led by state Sens. Richard Kasunic, D-Dunbar, and Timothy Solobay, D-Canonsburg, want more changes in the amended law. The lawmakers claim the small games of chance law is creating too much confusion over what is allowable and how the law is being enforced.
Last week the lawmakers wrote a letter to Gov. Tom Corbett asking the administration to delay the reporting requirements for the organizations to give the Legislature more time to address concerns raised since the changes were enacted. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has set Feb. 1 as the initial reporting date.
"Obviously, these groups are not ready to file," said Will Dando, Kasunic's chief of staff.
The senators have not been informed what the administration plans to do about possibly changing the upcoming reporting deadline, he said.
Maia Warren, information specialist for the state Department of Revenue, said the department has received the request.
"At this point we're looking at it to evaluate whether this is creating an undue burden and if so how we could work with the regulated community to see if we can find a reasonable solution," Warren said.
Act 2 of 2012, which became effective in March, represented the first time the law had been revisited by the Legislature in decades.
"This amended bill is an improvement, but it should have included more common sense changes aimed at simplifying the law," Kasunic wrote in a press release.
After Act 2 was passed, state and county officials reached out to clubs and organizations that use the games as a way to raise funds for community projects. An educational seminar in Somerset County drew more than 200 people.