Business leaders want SC Senate to give up paychecks

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Business leaders are trying to put more pressure on South Carolina senators to pass a road repair bill by asking them to give up their paychecks.

Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman said Tuesday the proposal from South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President Ted Pitts did not deserve a response.

The eighth week of the General Assembly session started Tuesday with the road bill still being blocked by opponents. Senators met for more than two hours in the morning and didn’t even get to the proposal.

Leatherman says ending the filibuster with a vote is not feasible because it would limit debate on 300 different amendments to 10 minutes each.

The Florence Republican says that isn’t enough time on each amendment to hash out important issues.