Common Sense in the Gambling Debate? It’s Possible

04/26/2013 3:00 PM

04/26/2013 10:59 AM

Kudos to S.C. lawmakers – and particularly Murrells Inlet Republican Sen. Ray Cleary – for pushing through legislation to give voters the chance to allow churches and other nonprofits to hold fundraising raffles.

Current rules are simply too draconian – and as a result are often flouted with impunity. Even opponents to organized gambling can have no complaints about churches raising money for a new playground or the local Lions Club raising money to buy hearing aids for needy children. The state Lions president said the group has lost $500,000 a year since state police threatened one club and the opted to cease all raffles. That’s simply preposterous.

The change as passed includes logical limits that previous versions lacked, preventing, for instance, for-profit operators from popping up and offering to hold raffles on behalf of a nonprofit for a cut of the earnings. And because a prohibition on gambling is part of our state’s constitution, an amendment to allow these raffles must still go before voters for their approval in 2014. We’d encourage residents to support it next year.

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

Myrtle Beach Sun News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service