South Carolina legislators killed three efforts Thursday to allow charities to hold raffles, likely meaning they're dead this session, and any school raffle or church cake walk will remain illegal until at least 2013.
The House refused Thursday to allow members to consider measures allowing churches, schools and other charities to raise money through raffles. The only legal raffle in South Carolina now is the state lottery.
The measures were derailed on the floor by procedural rules and deadlines.
Legislators were trying to advance measures to give them a better chance of succeeding this year. Bills not passed by one chamber by week's end require two-thirds approval to be considered by the other. Measures not approved this session would have to be reintroduced next year.
Other proposals caught by the looming crossover deadline include one yanking the driving privileges of teens who drop out, are expelled or miss more than seven unexcused school days. A bill to either suspend their license or prevent them from getting one until they are 18 passed 67-29 on Thursday. But an effort for an additional, perfunctory vote to occur automatically on Friday failed, so it doesn't make it to the Senate by the deadline.