SC legislators kill bills allowing raffles

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators have killed an effort to allow charities to hold raffles.

House members refused Thursday to allow the chamber to consider a measure allowing churches, schools and other nonprofits to raise money through raffles. The only legal raffle in South Carolina now is the state lottery.

The 59-49 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to waive a rule that bills be on the calendar for a day.

Minutes earlier, the House voted 101-0 to send a proposed constitutional amendment to allow the raffles to the Judiciary Committee. The moves means those bills are almost certainly dead this session.

Proposals not moved from one chamber to the other by week's end need two-thirds majority to be considered in the other.

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