Palmetto Sunrise: Roads bill set for floor debate

State Senators are set to discuss a roads bill on the floor of the Senate today. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith).

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Senate is clearing its calendars so that it can debate the roads bill on the floor of the chamber today.

Many lawmakers have said the debate is long overdue, since it was supposed to be the first issue they discussed on the floor at the start of the 2016 Legislative session more than a month ago. All of the meetings past 10 a.m., have been canceled and senators are coming in earlier than usual to start the debate.

Across the hall, the House is still on furlough. But there are two Agriculture panels meeting today.

Related:

Who to watch as SC Senate begins debating roads (The Associated Press)

Senate to start debating road repair plan Wednesday (The State)

Where presidential candidates are courting voters today:

10:30 a.m.: Town hall in Beaufort. Beaufort Inn: Tabby Place, 913 Port Republic St.

2 p.m.: Town hall in Summerville. Summerville Country Club, 400 Country Club Blvd.

6:30 p.m.: Town hall in Myrtle Beach. Springmaid Beach Resort, Carolina Ballroom. 3200 S. Ocean Blvd.

10:30 a.m.: Veteran’s Roundtable in Columbia. 534 South Beltline Blvd.

12:30 p.m.: Meet and Greet in Newberry. The Grille on Main, 1212 Main St.

12 p.m.: Meet and Greet in Seneca. Seneca Family Restaurant, 515 By Pass 123.

4:45 p.m.: Campaign rally in Spartanburg. Oakbrook Preparatory School, 190 Lincoln School Road.

11:30 a.m.: Campaign rally in Bluffton. Bluffton Promenade, Calhoun Street Square.

9 a.m.: Campaign rally in Mount Pleasant. Omar Shrine Temple, 176 Patriots Point Road.

1:45 p.m.: Campaign rally in Aiken. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.

6 p.m.: Campaign rally in Chapin. 450 E. Boundary St.

10 a.m.: Private event hosted by Sun City Republicans in Bluffton.

5 p.m.: Campaign rally in Walterboro. 2724 Green Pond Highway.

7 p.m.: Campaign rally in Sumter. Sumter County Civic Center, 700 West Liberty St.

In other news:

Time running out for Haley to endorse a presidential candidate (The Post and Courier)

Trump dials back attacks on Bush, pushes forward against Cruz (The Post and Courier)

Why Trump resonates with SC’s evangelical voters (The Greenville News)

Rubio touts his national security credentials (The Post and Courier)

Jeb Bush woos crowd in Leesville (The Post and Courier)

Cruz denies Gowdy claim of Facebook deception (The Greenville News)

Carson makes campaign stop in Spartanburg at Christian event (Herald-Journal)

White House hopefuls tackle MOX, eminent domain (Aiken Standard)

Where do GOP presidential candidates like to eat in SC? (The State)

Sanders touts his ‘radical ideas’ for change (The Post and Courier)

S.C. Democrats not feeling the ‘Bern’ (The State)

Clinton paints wife Hillary as ‘changemaker’ in Greenville (The Greenville News)

Party of Who? (Free-Times)

In-person absentee voting for S.C. Republican primary ends Friday (Aiken Standard)

Bill to restrict disposal of coal ash headed to Senate floor (The Greenville News)

Haley announces $30 million expansion of Nurse-Family Partnership (The Post and Courier)