A bill to make raffles and charities legal in South Carolina still lingers in the Senate. Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell says it’s a struggle getting this bill passed.
There are two bills, we have to do it two ways. To take care of the non-profits, and to allow those things we have to do a constitutional amendment and a statutory implementation. It took us four weeks to get the statute through. They, of course, the opponents as I call them, they tightened that statute down now where it is the most restrictive statute in the Southeast.
McConnell says lawmakers get one more shot at passing the bill.
What is really sad is after we got that passed and sent to the House, we took up the constitutional amendment on Wednesday and the vote was 22 in favor and 17 against. We have to get 31 votes for the public to even have an opportunity to vote on this.
Opponents of the bill are worried it could open to organized gambling, such as when the state accidentally legalized video poker in a 1986 budget change. McConnell dismissed those fears.
Nobody wants the nanny-state telling them what to do with the money in their wallet. Number two, this isn’t going to lead to gambling. And, number three, a lot of people profess to be for limited government and they want to sit here and micro-manage people’s lives.
McConnell says the majority in opposition are Republicans, members of his own party. The Senate will take up the bill–again–next week.