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Small Games of Chance Law Could Change

Proposal would allow bars and taverns to offer games currently restricted to non-profit groups.

ALTOONA - A proposed law that would change a small part of Pennsylvania's gaming regulations could make a big difference for some businesses and charities.

The bill already passed the state senate, and was up for debate Wednesday afternoon on the house floor.

Right now, those small games of chance can basically only be sold by non-profit organizations.

The new law would allow commercial bars and taverns to offer patrons the same opportunities.

That could mean very different things to each type of group.

The house made an amendment to the senate bill Tuesday night. It would allow the non-profits to keep 40 percent of their gambling profits as opposed to the 30 percent now.

If that version passes, it has to go back to the senate.

If approved there, it would then go to the governor's desk.

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