State Capitol Roundup
1/10/2014
A weekly summary of important events on Capitol Hill
Provided by Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-171)

Reporting Deadline for Small Games of Chance Requirement Extended

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue extended the reporting deadline for clubs and other eligible organizations that hold small games of chance licenses by one year.  This change means there is no reporting requirement in 2014 for these organizations. The new date for electronic reporting will be Feb. 1, 2015, with a newly created online reporting system from the department becoming available later this year.  Nonprofit organizations without a liquor license do not have to file any reports at all.  Clubs with liquor licenses netting less than $20,000 in proceeds also do not have to report.  To help interested parties make the most of the new small games of chance law, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, in conjunction with the Gaming Control Board, Department of Revenue and State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, will hold statewide informational session for liquor licensees interested in tavern gaming.  The sites and times for the sessions are listed at http://www.lcb.state.pa.us/cons/groups/externalaffairs/documents/form/002326.pdf.  The seminars are for those interested in tavern gaming only. Club licensees, eligible organizations and small games of chance distributors are encouraged to visit www.revenue.state.pa.us/SGOC  for information on how Acts 90 and 92 of 2013 impact them.

January is Radon Action Month in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is reminding residents that January is National Radon Action Month.  Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can seep into homes through cracks in basements and foundations and can build up inside to concentrations many times the recommended level.  Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Pennsylvania and causes about 20,000 lung-cancer deaths in the United States every year. Pennsylvania is particularly prone to elevated radon levels, with about 40 percent of homes in the state having radon levels above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action level.  Residents may hire a certified radon testing company, though it is easy to perform a radon test by using a kit that can be purchased at a home improvement store or a Pennsylvania-certified radon laboratory. Completed test kits should be sent to a Pennsylvania-certified laboratory, where samples are analyzed.  For more information about radon, including information on interpreting test results and finding a Pennsylvania-certified radon contractor, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Radon, or call 1-800-23-RADON.


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