On February 19th, we reported that Muncipal Judge Larry Duffy opined that Texas Hold ‘em was not a game of chance but skill. That was a huge victory for individual rights here in South Carolina and now President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell has introduced legislation that would change the 207 year old law to legalize social gambling.
S. 535 Section 1.E – Gambling in a private home where no house player, house bank, or house odds exist and where there is no house income from the operation of the game is social gambling and is an affirmative defense to the provisions of subsection (A).
S. 535 Section 1.F – A charitable, religious, fraternal or other nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income taxes pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(8), 501(c)(10), or 501(c)(19) because it is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, fraternal or nonprofit purposes may conduct or participate in a casino night fundraising event of limited duration during which wagers may be made in gambling activities
Other sponsors on this bill include: Mulvaney, Ford, Land and Knotts
Be sure to begin contacting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and encourage them to support this bill.
All we have to say is it is about time the state quit infringing on our private lives within the walls of individuals homes.
The government should not be in the business of enforcing morals (I’m opening up a can of worms on this one) and should not intrude on the lives of people in this fashion. If I so choose to play cards with friends in the comfort of my home, so be it. Who am I harming?