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Important News

From: David P.
Sent on: Thursday, March 19, 2009 3:53 AM
Associated Press
Published: March 18, 2009

South Carolina legislators want to know what residents think about allowing people to play cards with friends and letting charities hold casino-night fundraisers.

A Senate Judiciary panel will hold public hearings March 23 at North Charleston City Hall and March 30 in Greenville County Council chambers.

Both meetings start at 5:30 p.m.

State law bans all games with dice and cards, and all raffles except for the state lottery.

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell has proposed bills meant to allow friendly games of poker and charity raffles.

State Lions Club executive director Gregg Turner told senators Wednesday the 161 clubs statewide have lost $500,000 since law enforcement threats ceased their raffles a year ago.

That means fewer seniors are getting free hearing aids, glasses and eye surgeries.

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