Tuesday, May 23, 2006

S.C. Supreme Court holds county cannot ban gambling on day cruises

In Palmetto Princes v. Georgetown County, the County claimed authority to enact an ordinance prohibiting gambling day cruises. The County contended the Johnson Act allows a local government, rather than just a state government, to enact a law prohibiting gambling day cruises. The Supreme Court affirmed a grant of summary judgment in favor of Palmetto, holding that the plain language of the Johnson Act indicates that only a State, not a division of the state government such as the County, can act to prohibit gambling day cruises.

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