COLUMBIA — After nearly two hours of testimony, Roebuck Republican Sen. Lee Bright called for a second day for people who want to voice their opinions of his bill that would require transgender people to require them to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate.
Testimony will continue Thursday afternoon, with Bright and Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, meeting one hour after the Senate adjourns. The Senate is scheduled to begin 11 a.m. Thursday.
Those wishing to testify during a Senate hearing Wednesday morning filled the small hearing room and overflowed into the hallways on the third floor of the L. Marion Gressette State Office Building.
After about 20 people testified, with the majority speaking against the bill, and many more saying they wanted to weigh in, Bright and Lourie agreed to meet again on Thursday.
The hearing drew testimony from mayors from Columbia, Greenwood and Florence; former Columbia City Councilman Cameron Runyan; former S.C. Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum; U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles; and representatives from various organizations.
Presidential election 2016
A week of putting presidential candidates front and center on CNN wraps up Thursday with a debate between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
CNN also held Republican presidential town halls with Anderson Cooper all week, hosting Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his family on Monday; businessman Donald Trump and his family on Tuesday; and Wednesday with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife Heidi Cruz.
Other news making headlines this morning:
Senators hear emotional outpouring of opposition to transgender bathroom bill (The Post and Courier)
Senate approves bill requiring lawmakers disclose private sources of income (The Post and Courier)
Future of MOX still uncertain as U.S. Senate appropriators punt on the problem (The Post and Courier)
Judge moves Dylann Roof trial to early next year (The Post and Courier)
SLED report names 2 with ties to SC Attorney General Wilson (The State)
What’s inside the SLED report’s blacked-out pages (The State)
SC House kills road-repair bill, governor, senator say (The State)
House changes could doom Senate roads plan (The Greenville News)
‘Build the wall,’ other pro-Trump chalking spotted around Winthrop campus (The Herald)
Aiken brings in FBI to investigate civil rights search complaint against police officers (Aiken Standard)
Fox anchor Megyn Kelly meets with Trump to ‘clear the air’ (The Associated Press)
Sanders backers in full press to wrest superdelegates from Clinton (FOX News)
Trump campaign manager will not be prosecuted, sources say (POLITICO)
The Case For John Kasich, The Candidate The Most Voters Think Is OK (NPR)
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