Sweepstakes Bill Moves to Full House Committee

7:44 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Lawmakers are closer to passing a bill that would clear up how law enforcement and courts deal with sweepstakes machines in our state.

The bill received clearance from a House subcommittee Wednesday morning.

Lawmakers heard from the Attorney General's Office and the South Carolina Sheriff's Association. Both groups stressed a need for clarification in the laws.

Representative Tommy Pope says the issue also shows a need for the state to look at all gambling laws. 

"A raffle by the church is still an illegal raffle in South Carolina.  It always frustrated me as law enforcement, as prosecution, to exercise discretion as 'Oh it's the church, we're not gonna prosecute it, but you as a citizen we are,' said Pope. "It's not really fair to the citizens in that regard. So I think we move forward with this, and they mentioned the Senate was working on some things with the gambling laws. I think we need to give a hard look at it, to give clarity for the citizens and for law enforcement."


The bill will now move to the House Judiciary Committee.  It has already passed the Senate.


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