This week, state lawmakers began to loosen gambling laws when it comes to nonprofits and churches holding raffles. The raffles would be limited to four raffles and two casino nights a year. And 90 percent of the money raised must go to charity.
Richland Senator Joel Lourie says he has no problem with legalizing raffles for legitimate nonprofits.
He says there is room for abuse and that concern was echoed by some conservative Republican senators.
Another Democrat, Robert Ford of Charleston, says there should be more gambling in the state.
The Senate bills don’t go as far as Ford would like, however. The Senate Judiciary, in a series of measures, is trying to allow nonprofits to raise money and not break the law.