Bills Would Allow Horse Racing Bets in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of lawmakers considering how to support the horse industry in South Carolina is suggesting the state should allow legalized betting on horse races.

Bills filed in the House and Senate would limit betting to only horse races through online apps where betters would have to already have money deposited into their accounts.

Rep. Russel Ott introduced the proposal at a news conference, emphasizing it would be regulated by the state and the proceeds would go back to helping the horse industry…

Any gambling proposal likely has a tough road in South Carolina, which banned video gambling in 2000 after allowing it for several years and has made no efforts to join other states in legalizing other sports gambling.

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