Palmetto Sunrise: Crossover week is here

The South Carolina Statehouse

COLUMBIA -- State lawmakers have until Sunday to pass bills originating in their respective chambers or consider them likely dead for the year.

The May 1 crossover deadline marks the annual make or break point for bills to pass either the House or the Senate in order to have a shot at becoming a law this year. If bills don’t clear their respective chamber by the deadline it would take a two-thirds vote to send legislation to the other chamber.

Bills will need to pass third reading Thursday or receive key second reading approval by Thursday with automatic third reading granted for Friday.

The Senate will be working through its 84-page calendar this week to determine the legislative winners and losers ahead of budget debates that could start Thursday. The House has a lighter, 24-page calendar to work from, so far, during the start of crossover week.

Here are some of the highlights:

Senate bills awaiting third reading

- S. 649, a bill by Sen. Gerald Malloy, D-Hartsville, to require that each law enforcement agency has a written policy regarding the investigation of officer-involved deaths and shootings.

- S. 1015, a bill by Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, to penalize counterfeiters, buyers, sellers and installers of counterfeit airbags.

- S. 944, a bill by Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, to create a permitting process for events and demonstrations on Statehouse grounds. Law enforcement would also give input on whether such events should take place.

Senate bills awaiting second reading

- S. 429, a bill by Sen. Paul Thurmond, R-Charleston, dealing with workers compensation for first responders.

- S. 687, a bill by Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter, dealing with nonprofit animal shelters and the services the offer, mobile veterinary clinics and veterinary prescription medicine labeling.

- S. 650, a bill by Sen. John Scott, D-Columbia, to give the State Law Enforcement Division exclusive authority to investigate all officer-involved shootings.

- S. 1115, S. 1169, S. 1087, S. 1170, bills by Sen. Chauncey Gregory, R-Lancaster, dealing with alimony definitions and payouts.

- S. 1258, a bill by Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, that would leverage $200 million a year into a one-time, $2.2 billion bond to improve South Carolina’s itnerstates, roads and bridges. The bill was merged with another in a Senate Finance Committee meeting last week where the provision received broad support.

House bills awaiting second reading

- H. 5006, H. 5007 bills by Rep. Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville, dealing with recommendations from a Legislative Audit Council audit on the Retirement System Investment Commission and to let the State Fiscal Accountability Authority set the assumed rate of return if the General Assembly takes no action.

- H. 4387, a bill by Rep. Justin Bamberg, D-Bamberg, dealing with citation quotas for police officers and law enforcement agencies.

- H. 4029, a bill by Rep. Greg Norman, R-Rock Hill, dealing with awarding alimony.

- H. 4776, a bill by Rep. Rita Allison, R-Lyman, to provide $200 million to rural school districts in order to borrow money for facility improvements.

Today’s headlines:

State Democrats to pick national convention delegates Saturday (The Post and Courier)

Charleston Trade Center seeks to cater to new era in tranportation (The Post and Courier)

Sanford looks to primary fight with huge cash advantage, if that even matters (The Post and Courier)

Dear Santa: How about a new Berkeley County Courthouse? (The Post and Courier)

Lawmaker opposes workers’ comp bill to benefit first responders with PTSD (The Post and Courier)

Leaders, gun violence survivors rally to close Charleston loophole at Emanuel AME Church (The Post and Courier)

Attorney General Wilson: Losing control over a carefully crafted image? (The State)

SC Club for Growth PAC aims to push Leatherman out (The Morning News)

County denies FOIA requests into inmate’s death (Index-Journal)

State Senate race is region’s most costly political contest (Independent Mail)

Vladimir Putin says MOX shutdown breaches U.S.-Russia deal (Greenville News)

Elite Airways to begin Long Island flights to Myrtle Beach airport (The Sun News)

Pickens County to sue MRR for ‘frivolous’ litigation unless appeal withdrawn (Greenville News)

Lower Savannah Pre-Release Center in Aiken to close (The Aiken Standard)

Elections for Anderson-area Senate seat have been costly (Independent Mail)

Governor wants to change, but not scrap, North Carolina law (AP)

Lancaster County risks losing big bucks (Lancaster News)

Six months after historic flood, some Horry County homeowners still trying to stay afloat (The Sun News)

Zika virus outbreak would be a costly crisis for Horry County (The Sun News)

Races not about fighting, Democrats say (The Times and Democrat)

Undocumented mom fears her ‘American Dream’ will be cut short (The Charlotte Observer)

Construction means new ramp from I-85 to I-385 in Greenville (Herald-Journal)

Donald Trump’s Donald Trump (POLITICO)

Candidates Make Final Push in Five Northeastern States (The New York Times)

Obama announces 250 more troops to Syria (POLITICO)

Cruz and Kasich Cut Deal to Try to Stop Trump (Bloomberg)

How bathrooms and transgender rights have become a flash point in the GOP race (The Washington Post)