Bill repeals outdated laws on Sunday sales, dancing, work

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – In South Carolina, it’s still technically illegal to work – or let people dance – on Sundays. Juveniles can’t play pinball. And it’s illegal to challenge anyone to a sword or gun fight.

Those are among the antiquated laws legislators are seeking to repeal. A bill up for debate Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee would repeal 11 state laws.

One that dates to 1880 makes adultery or living together outside of marriage illegal. State law still calls for violators to be “severally punished” by up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

Anyone who operates a “dancing hall” between midnight Saturday and midnight Sunday could spend 30 days in jail.

Another law says it’s illegal to sell virtually anything on Sundays, from clothing to clocks to cars.

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