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Introduced in the Senate on January 12, 2005
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Finance
Summary: Antique slot machines manufactured before 1970 may be possessed but not operated
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/12/2005 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-15 1/12/2005 Senate Referred to Committee on Finance SJ-15 1/18/2005 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Hayes (ch), Alexander, Land, Matthews, Grooms, Richardson
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 12-21-2710, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION AGAINST THE POSSESSION OR OPERATION OF CERTAIN GAMBLING MACHINES OR DEVICES, SO AS TO PERMIT A PERSON TO POSSESS ON HIS PREMISES BUT NOT OPERATE SPECIFIED NONELECTRONIC ANTIQUE SLOT MACHINES MANUFACTURED BEFORE 1970.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 12-21-2710 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 12-21-2710. (A) Except as provided in subsection (B), it is unlawful for any person to keep on his premises or operate or permit to be kept on his premises or operated within this State any vending or slot machine, or any video game machine with a free play feature operated by a slot in which is deposited a coin or thing of value, or other device operated by a slot in which is deposited a coin or thing of value for the play of poker, blackjack, keno, lotto, bingo, or craps, or any machine or device licensed pursuant to Section 12-21-2720 and used for gambling or any punch board, pull board, or other device pertaining to games of chance of whatever name or kind, including those machines, boards, or other devices that display different pictures, words, or symbols, at different plays or different numbers, whether in words or figures or, which deposit tokens or coins at regular intervals or in varying numbers to the player or in the machine, but the provisions of this section do not extend to coin-operated nonpayout pin tables, in-line pin games, or to automatic weighing, measuring, musical, and vending machines which are constructed as to give a certain uniform and fair return in value for each coin deposited and in which there is no element of chance.
Any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for a period of not more than one year, or both.
(B)(1) A person may possess on his premises but not operate a nonelectronic antique slot machine manufactured before 1970 into which may be deposited legal tender United States coins for the play of games of chance that display different pictures, words, numbers, or symbols at different plays and which slot machines then may deposit coins at regular intervals or in varying numbers to the player based on his plays.
(2) No operation of the antique slot machines referenced in subitem (1) is permitted. Violation of this subitem (2) is considered a violation of this section.
(3) The provisions of Sections 16-19-40, 16-19-50, and other provisions of law prohibiting gambling machines do not apply to the antique slot machines referenced in subitem (1) above provided the provisions of subitem (2) are not violated."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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