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South Carolina May Allow Charitable Gambling

24 January 2011 by admin

raffle-tickets121South Carolina has some of the most restrictive gambling laws in the United States. In fact, pretty much every form of gambling is illegal there. You can play in the state lottery and charitable bingo games, but not much else. In one slight step forward, though, voters in the state will soon decide whether to allow charitable gambling.

Last week, the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would put the issue on a ballot, for residents to vote. Two different bills were approved. One would allow non-profit organizations to hold a “casino night,” with the proceeds going to charity. The other bill would allow charitable raffles.

Currently all raffles are illegal in South Carolina, though non-profit organizations use them on a regular basis to promote charities. Most organizations have found that interactive activities like raffles and casino nights make it easier to raise money for a cause than by simply saying you need money for that cause. Therefore, legalizing those practices could be beneficial for those organizations and the causes they support.

If the measures gain voter approval, non-profit groups would be allowed to hold raffles as long as a minimum of 90% of the proceeds go to charity. The legislation would also allow a “50-50 raffle,” where half of the money goes to the charity and the other half to the winner of the raffle. Voters could also approve of non-profit groups holding casino nights, with the money wagered going to charity.

There is bipartisan support in the state for allowing the non-profit groups to use raffles and casino nights to raise funds for charities. Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell said that not allowing groups to use those techniques to raise funds was an example of the “overreaching nanny state” and decried government telling people how to spend money and how to raise money. Democrat Brad Hutto said that the legislation is wise and would benefit charities. He also reassured the anti-gambling crowd that it wouldn’t pave the way for gambling legalization in the future.

Though the state Senate largely supports the bills, there is opposition and it is also bipartisan. Democrat Joul Lourie wants to limit the number of casino nights that non-profit groups can hold as well as the amount of money that can be in play and the games that can be offered. Republican Phil Shoopman supports allowing the charitable raffles, but opposes the casino nights, thinking that gambling is a vice we don’t need to use for charity.

In the end, luckily, it doesn’t matter what the politicians think. The people of South Carolina will decide. Senator Hutto’s “assurances” aside, we also won’t know if this will pave the way for future gambling law changes. If the people of South Carolina find that gambling isn’t actually bad, and can be used for good, maybe they will also decide that regular for-profit casinos should be allowed. It’s been a long time since South Carolina banned gambling, plenty of time to change their mind.

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