Charitable Raffles In LIMBO

Posted By: Ann Timberlake Advocacy ,

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Despite efforts by Representative Weston Newton/R/Beaufort and Senator Chip Campsen/R/Charleston to avoid legal uncertainty over the use of raffles by charitable nonprofits after the July 1, 2020 sunset of the current Raffle Act, we are in limbo until the General Assembly returns for a special two week session on September 15th. 

We remain encouraged that the legislature will enact S.719 when it reconvenes and we hope that the final version of the reauthorization bill will remove the sunset provision going forward since raffles have proven their success in safely raising over $13 million for beneficial causes over the last five years. We also appreciate the support of bill sponsors, Rep. Russell Fry/R/Horry and Senator Greg Hembree/R/Horry. 

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State’s position is that it has no enforcement authority after July first, so it will disable the raffle registration feature on its website.  They will retain the raffle financial report form and online filing feature so that charities can still file those for the last fiscal year that they registered (late fines would not be assessed). 

Whether or not SLED would seek criminal enforcement for raffles scheduled between July and the expected reauthorization of the Raffle Act in September is unknown.

Updates on this situation may be found at https://sos.sc.gov/online-filings/charities-pfrs-and-raffles/raffles.