COLUMBIA — Both chambers of the South Carolina Legislature are taking a break the week after Easter, and the House is taking two more weeks off.

House Speaker Jay Lucas said Wednesday that the House won’t meet the week leading up to the state’s Republican presidential primary on Feb. 20. The House already planned to furlough itself the two weeks after Easter, which is the last week of March and first week of April.

Lucas says the House can take the additional time off “without missing a beat or falling behind whatsoever.”

He says that supports the House’s decades-long call for a shorter session. A bill shortening the session by a month advanced to the Senate floor last week.

The Legislature normally meets Tuesdays through Thursdays from January through June.