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Local skepticism, opposition greets gambling bill
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A bill that would legalize certain types of gambling around the state, including betting at equine events such as the Carolina and Colonial cups, was introduced earlier this month in the S.C. House of Representatives. Authored by state representatives Boyd Brown (D-Fairfield) and Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg), bill H.3931 proposes an amendment to the state constitution that would allow “pari-mutuel betting on horse racing, sports betting on professional sports, casino activities, such as card and games of chance with the use of electronic devices of gaming tables.” The bill goes on to say revenue from the betting would be “used for operational purposes of government, including tax relief and school and infrastructure improvements.”