Palmetto Sunrise: Bill giving stiffer penalties for assaulting an officer dies in committee

South Carolina Sen. Thomas Alexander, Walhalla, talks at the 263rd Army Air & Missile Defense Artillery Brigade in Anderson.

COLUMBIA — A bill that would have increased the degree of offense and penalty for assaulting a law enforcement officer is dead for the year.

Sen. Tom Alexander, R-Walhalla, introduced the bill at the beginning of the 2015 session as a way to give greater protection to police officer, corrections officer, emergency medical service provider, or firefighter.

“It’s really designed for first responders and detention officials to make sure that their safety and well-being is certainly provided for and that there’s a mechanism that if it’s violated that there are consequences to that action,” Alexander said.

The bill was scheduled to be discussed this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but instead was sent back to the subcommittee, which is chaired by Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg.

Hutto said there are too many other big issues, including ethics, roads and the state’s budget, that there will be no way to get to Alexander’s bill this session.

Headlines making news this morning:

SLED report on corruption probe includes names of two close to attorney general (The Post and Courier)

Future of S.C. transgender bathroom bill unclear (The Post and Courier)

Struck by findings about police shootings, SLED chief calls for more training, money (The Post and Courier)

Ethics reform bills stall in the Senate (The Post and Courier)

Coyote bounty eliminated from state budget (The Post and Courier)

Supreme Court unseals documents in Wilson, Pascoe dispute (WACH-FOX)

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