Cephas bill to boost senior programs by up to $2 million per year advances to full House

HARRISBURG, May 22 – The House Gaming Oversight Committee today voted out a bill (H.B. 1162) introduced by state Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., that would provide an additional $1.5 to $2 million per year for senior programs.

"My bill would redirect unclaimed gambling winnings to the Lottery Fund to be used for programs for older Pennsylvanians, such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Currently, after five years, unclaimed winnings are sent to the Department of the Treasury as unclaimed property. Under my proposal, people would have up to two years to claim their winnings before waiving rights to them and having those winnings transferred to the state Lottery Fund," Cephas said.

"Based on current numbers, my bill is estimated to generate between $1.5 and $2 million per year."

Cephas' bill now goes to the full House of Representatives.

Cephas represents the 192nd Legislative District in west Philadelphia, which is home to more than 60,000 residents from the Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Morris Park, Overbrook Park, Overbrook, Haddington, Hestonville and Carroll Park areas.