House attempts to pressure Senate to take up roads bill

COLUMBIA — The House is trying to pressure the Senate to pass a bill this year that addresses South Carolina’s deteriorating roads.

The House voted 84-9 Wednesday to allow the issue to be considered in the special session. If the Senate approves it too, the resolution would allow senators to take up the bill that’s been stuck in that chamber for weeks without a vote.

That could mean the Legislature will continue to work through the summer.

The House approved its road-funding plan in April. House Speaker Jay Lucas says the House is giving the Senate another chance to address the state’s top need.

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Currently, only budget bills and measures that have already passed both chambers can be considered in the special session that started Tuesday.