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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 4, 2012 12:14 PM
From: Senator Richard L. Alloway, II
To: All Senate members
Subject: Expansion of PA State Lottery Law
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that will expand the PA State Lottery Law to provide funding to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for the purpose of offering arts programming for seniors ages 65 years and older.

The Pennsylvania State Lottery was established on August 26, 1971, by Act 91 for the purpose of providing property tax relief for Pennsylvania seniors.

Expanding the Pennsylvania Lottery Law to allow for arts programming for seniors will allow a population largely unable to participate in creative and social endeavors to do so. It has been proven that participation in arts programming by seniors increases social interaction and artistic creativity and achieves measurable improvement in mental and physical health.

Enacting this legislation will provide seniors the option to participate in new social settings, engage in creative endeavors, and become educated in all forms or art. Seniors will improve their self esteem and ability to concentrate, increase their ability to concentrate, increase their ability to share feelings and artistic creations, become enthusiastic about creative endeavors, and develop pride in their accomplishments. Participation will increase sociability, curiosity, and artistic ability - all leading to improved mental and physical health.

Since 1971, Pennsylvania Lottery funded programs have grown to include rent rebates, free and reduced fare transit, low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET, long-term living services, and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including full and part-time senior centers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Lottery is the only state lottery that designates all of its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. In the last year, the lottery generated more than $1 billion in benefits for programs.

This legislation would add funding for arts programming for seniors to the list of programs funded by the lottery.

Introduced as SB1008