South Carolina Legislature kills proposed charity raffle question

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May 13, 2010

COLUMBIA, South Carolina: South Carolina Legislature killed three bills that would have allowed raffles to be held of charitable purposes. According to reports, that means that any school or church raffle would remain illegal until 2013, or later. The House decided to not allow members to consider the bills, leaving deadlines to pass and the bills to be discussed in the future.[1]

According to reports, a constitutional amendment would not be allowed to be placed in front of voters until 2012. Section 1 of Article XVI of the South Carolina Constitution says that a legislatively-referred amendment can go on the ballot if approved by a 2/3rds vote of each house of the South Carolina State Legislature. (If the state's voters approve the amendment, it must then go back to the legislature for a second affirmative vote.)

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