The public can speak up Sept. 30 on whether South Carolina should update its gaming laws to allow churches and nonprofit groups to hold charitable raffles.
A Senate judiciary subcommittee has scheduled a two-hour hearing beginning at 6 p.m. at North Charleston City Hall, 2500 City Hall Lane. The public will be invited to testify and offer opinions on the matter.'Modernizing the state's 300-year-old gaming laws has been an ongoing debate since a 2006 police raid on a poker game at a Mount Pleasant home.
Past bills filed in the General Assembly would have allowed churches and nonprofit groups to host games and raffles to raise money and allowed friends and family to play card and dice games in their homes.
But some legislators are concerned that modernizing the gaming law could create a loophole that would legalize gambling such as video poker. The Legislature outlawed video poker about a decade ago after lawmakers had inadvertently authorized it with the elimination of two words in the 1986 budget bill.