Lawmakers Work on Sweepstakes Ban

7:55 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Lawmakers are working to address sweepstakes machines popping up across the state.

Legislators says a new proposal would clear up an exception found in the law that some believe allows the sweepstakes machines to operate legally.

Law enforcement agencies across the state have seized some of the machines but SLED Chief Mark Keel says the change would clarify the law and put everyone on the same page.

Lawmakers say they need to work on how to address changing technology.

"The sweepstakes have kind of molded into a form of video poker and that's what we're trying to address. How do you address that? Their idea is to say that there's no exception, that statute doesn't apply. Clearly there's three magistrates, a lot of folks think that it does and so there's some confusion and we're gonna try and clarify that what you can and can't do under that sweepstakes exception," said Rep. Bruce Bannister, a Greenville County Republican.

Lawmakers ran out of time discussing the proposal, but plan to meet again next week to continue work on the bill.

The measure has already cleared the senate.

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