Palmetto Sunrise: Legislature’s Crossover week approaching fast

Crossover week looms over legislators.(Cynthia Roldán/Staff)

COLUMBIA — With just seven days to go until Crossover week arrives, the schedule of South Carolina’s lawmakers is filling up fast with committee meetings.

You see, any bill that doesn’t pass either chamber by May 1 — whether it’s the House or the Senate — essentially dies. That’s because lawmakers feel like if a bill has languished at the committee level this long, then it has very little chance of passing both the House and the Senate by the end of session on June 2.

That doesn’t mean that bills that are filed last minute can’t be fast tracked. But that happens mainly when a proposal is urgent. A perfect example of a fast-tracked proposal is the bill that led to the removal of the Statehouse’s Confederate battle flag in 2015.

So, prepare for a whirlwind of bills making it through the committees of both chambers in the next two weeks. Any bill that doesn’t pass by the end of this second half of the General Assembly’s two-year session get scrapped permanently. Lawmakers who are left standing after this year’s election cycle have to refile their bills and start the process all over again in 2017.

What you may have missed over the weekend:

Former S.C. Gov. David Beasley featured in campaign ad for Sen. Hugh Leatherman (Facebook)

With the end of the 2016 session near, Gov. Nikki Haley is forced to push harder for key legislation (The Post and Courier)

Black S.C. students suspended, expelled three times more often than whites (The State)

Proposed changes to SC disturbing-schools law going no where (The State)

In Florence, McMaster talks roads and transgender bill (Morning News)

SC roads bill sent back to Senate with amendments (Aiken Standard)

Zika expected to spread to South Carolina amid funding battles (The Post and Courier)

Poll: Americans happy at home, upset with federal government (The Associated Press)

Pro-Ted Cruz slate of GOP convention delegates elected in Charleston (The Post and Courier)

Ted Cruz’s Conservatism: The Pendulum Swings Consistently Right (The New York Times)

Trump and Clinton Bet on New York to End Campaign Turbulence (Bloomberg)

While the GOP worries about convention chaos, Trump pushes for ‘showbiz’ feel (The Washington Post)

Mexico Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ by Trump’s Threat to Fund Border Wall (Bloomberg)

Brazilian Lawmakers Advance Impeachment Proceedings Against Dilma Rousseff (NPR)