The final countdown on South Carolina's legislative session and what the Senate - where most of the unpassed bills await - is anybody's guess. But if there are any issues to watch it's a budget compromise, ethics reform, a potential ban on texting and driving and whether a newly-expanded University of Charleston can be established.

The last item may provide for the most intrigue, as Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Charleston, has said that the Charleston delegation will use everything in their political arsenal to get the bill passed. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, the incoming president of the College of Charleston, said that he would resign early this week in part to get out of the bill's way and to ensure that his decisions as presiding over the Senate weren't seen as biased.

The University of Charleston bill would create the state's fourth comprehensive research university, housed at the College of Charleston.

Senators pushing the bill hope that the longtime former senator will use his political clout to help get the bill passed.


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