Wednesday, May 14, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina House has advanced a measure to overturn an 1802 antigambling bill by allowing card games and dice in social clubs and homes.
A committee on Tuesday unanimously approved the bill already passed by the Senate and spurred by state police warning Sun City Hilton Head last year that bridge and canasta social clubs advertised by the retirement community violates state law.
Under strict reading of state law, any playing of social games could be considered as gambling and could result in liquor licenses being revoked.
Previous efforts to legalize games such as bridge and kitchen-table poker have been blocked over fears of the re-emergence of video poker and gambling.
Sponsoring Republican Sen. Tom Davis of Beaufort has threatened to challenge the law if the bill isn't passed.
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