House approves measures to legalize raffles in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The House has approved measures aimed at legalizing raffles in South Carolina.

The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday on measures enabling nonprofits to hold a limited number of raffles yearly. One measure approved by a 104-6 vote would ask voters in 2014 whether the constitution should be changed to allow raffles. The other outlines how a legal raffle could be run and regulated.

If voters approve, raffles could become legal in 2015. The measures require another House vote. The Senate approved them in February.

Raffles are held regularly across the state anyway. But enforcement of the ban is selective, depending largely on whether someone complains to law enforcement.

Previous efforts to make raffles legal failed as gambling opponents feared the unintended consequences. Those opponents signed off on the latest version.

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