SC bill decriminalizes kids' games

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 6:08 AM
Last updated 4:03 PM
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COLUMBIA -- A child playing pinball at Chuck E. Cheese would no longer be breaking the law, under a bill to exempt such games from the state's anti-gambling law.

"It's a common-sense bill," said Rep. Bill Herbkersman, R-Bluffton, who introduced H. 3708 with Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia. On Tuesday a House subcommittee approved the bill.

Two Frankie's Fun Park locations in the state, and seven Chuck E. Cheese, would be among the establishments to get a break under the bill. Historically law enforcement has not cracked down on young gamers. The bill extends to pinball, console machine, crane and claw devices, novelty arcade games, foosball, miniature racetrack, football or golf machines, skeeball, air hockey machine, trivia and others.

A similar bill was zapped last year because lawmakers worried it would create a loophole for the video poker industry to return to South Carolina.

Michael Gunn, a lobbyist for Research Services, said this year's bill would not affect the sections of state law that pertain to gambling.

Sarita Chourey can be reached at (803) 727-4257 or sarita.chourey@morris.com.

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treerock
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treerock 04/29/09 - 06:32 am
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the first time's free, then

the first time's free, then you gotta pay for it...

LEO
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LEO 04/29/09 - 06:33 am
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It's about time South

It's about time South Carolina got rid of this and the other blue laws of the state. Just curious, why isn't the lottery considered gambling? Could it be because the state can regulate it and get its share of the winnings?

justsaying
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justsaying 04/29/09 - 08:07 am
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it's a huge gamble coming

it's a huge gamble coming outta Chuck E's with your sanity intact!

scott-hudson
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scott-hudson 04/29/09 - 08:19 am
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My gosh, Ramjam, you are

My gosh, Ramjam, you are right on that!

Edward1968
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Edward1968 04/29/09 - 08:57 am
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Yeah, Tim Wilson sums it up

Yeah, Tim Wilson sums it up in his song "Chuck E Cheese Hell".

andywarhol
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andywarhol 04/29/09 - 12:05 pm
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That's why they sell beer at

That's why they sell beer at Chuck E's

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 04/29/09 - 12:07 pm
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They STILL sell beer at Chuck

They STILL sell beer at Chuck E's? Why? Why would you want to sell beer to parents who are supposed to be supervising their children, then driving them home. That is stupid and dangerous.

gnx
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gnx 04/29/09 - 01:08 pm
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How could video poker in

How could video poker in South Carolina be competition for a lottery that didn't exist until years after it was outlawed?

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