Palmetto Sunrise: A rough week for the Senate

Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, told his colleagues to bring pajamas on Tuesday, because they’d be staying as long as it took to pass the capital reserve bill. Grace Beahm/Staff/File photo

COLUMBIA — State senators went home on Thursday with little accomplished publicly after being subjected to days of filibusters.

Note: publicly. Behind the scenes, there was a lot of movement going on among them.

While Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, held the floor between Wednesday and Thursday, senators outside of the chamber huddled over paperwork, over food and over their phones. So many senators were roaming outside of the chamber that it triggered a quorum call at least twice.

Davis was using an amendment to the capital reserve bill (the state’s rainy day fund) by Sen. Shane Martin, R-Pauline, to filibuster. Martin’s amendment called for redirecting the money allocated toward the capital needs of higher education to repair the state’s roads; a measure that Davis supports.

Thursday ended in the middle of his filibuster, with Davis holding the floor for a second day in a row. Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, warned his colleagues to come prepared on Tuesday for a long day to ensure the passing of the capital reserve bill. There are six days left in the legislative session.

“We’re at a total impasse here this afternoon,” said Leatherman after the Senate adjourned. “You may have heard my remarks: ‘bring your pajamas or whatever you want to bring because we’re going to deal with the capital reserve bill when we come back in’.”

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Davis: Bill could help local roads more than thought (The Greenville News)

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