In a measure intended to avoid the kinds of problems recently encountered in Georgia with a gambling operation cloaked as a chain of phone calling card stores, the South Carolina legislature is addressing a bill proposed by Senator Larry Martin to clarify existing state law regarding video gambling devices.
Manufacturers are using an ambiguity in the current law to provide devices that offer prizes after a user purchases calling cards or internet service time. While the suppliers of the devices contend they are contests and not gambling games, law enforcement officers in some areas have been rounding up the machines in a crackdown. Judges’ rulings on the matter have conflicted, and therefore the Senator indicates that a clarification is needed in the law.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill on Tuesday, and moves forward to the Senate. A similar bill is working its way through the House.