Legislative panel to take up gambling bills
COLUMBIA - Proposals to allow kitchen-table poker, gambling-themed fundraisers and raffles in South Carolina are set for a vote by a legislative panel.
A Senate Judiciary subcommittee will debate the bills Thursday, following several public hearings across the state.
Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell says it's none of the government's business if friends want to gather around a kitchen table and play cards. The Charleston Republican says the state's antigambling laws need a common sense overhaul.
Those 207-year-old laws ban "any game with cards or dice."
McConnell wants to make gambling in private homes, where the house doesn't profit, legal social gambling, and allow nonprofits to hold limited "casino night" fundraisers. A proposed constitutional amendment would allow raffles.