COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - State Senator Tom Davis says if legislators block his bill aimed at allowing retirees to legally play bridge, he'll sue to get South Carolina's centuries-old anti-gambling law thrown out altogether.
The Beaufort County senator says his bill is the result of state law enforcement warning a manager at Sun City Hilton Head last year that the bridge and canasta social clubs advertised for residents violated state law.
Davis says retirees in his district are outraged.
His proposed legislation specifies that members of social groups can legally gather at someone's home or community clubhouse to play card and dice games.
It represents the latest attempt to change the state's 1802 anti-gambling laws.
Some lawmakers and faith-based groups have opposed any change out of concerns it would usher in far more than kitchen-table poker.