SC voters to decide whether to legalize raffles

Voters will decide next year whether church cake walks and school raffles will finally become legal in South Carolina.

Schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations could hold a limited number of raffles each year under measures given final approval last week by the Legislature.

The resolution that puts the question on November 2014 ballots needs no action by Gov. Nikki Haley. A separate measure awaiting her decision lays out how state law would regulate raffles, if voters approve.

Currently, the only legal raffle in South Carolina is the state lottery. The state is among just four nationwide where raffles are illegal.

Raffles are held regularly across the state anyway. But enforcement of the ban is selective, depending largely on whether someone complains to police.