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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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