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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 6, 2022 10:40 AM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Devoting Funds from 50/50 Raffles to Fire Departments
Act 56 of 2019, the Sports Raffles Charities Act, authorized Major League and collegiate sports teams to conduct 50/50 drawings at sporting events, open practices, scrimmages and exhibitions.  I plan to reintroduce Senate Bill 768 of the 2021-2022 legislative session that would devote five percent of the philanthropic raffle revenue to local fire departments.

Faced with limited funding, dwindling ranks, and extremely expensive equipment, our local firefighters have consistently faced steep financial challenges, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is an opportunity to strengthen funding for local fire departments, protect our communities and indirectly help local governments and taxpayers.

Senate Bill 768 of last session was cosponsored by Senators Langerholc, Mastriano, Schwank, Aument, Pittman, J. Ward, Hutchinson, Stefano, Robinson, Argall, Martin and Bartolotta.

I hope you will join me in supporting these everyday heroes by cosponsoring this legislation. Thank you for your consideration.   

Introduced as SB553