Palmetto Sunrise: Senate airs frustrations on roads debate delay

Like rush-hour traffic on I-26 the S.C. Senate is slowly dealing with a House-approved roads bill. Paul Zoeller/Staff

COLUMBIA – The widely anticipated Senate roads debate remains slow moving to the ire of many lawmakers a month into the legislative session.

Those frustrations will reportedly be discussed on the Senate floor today, per a Senate aide.

Much of the debate that’s happened this year has been done in private among a group of eight senators. Details of their plan came to light last month in a Senate Finance Committee meeting.

A proposed amendment to the current House roads bill, dealing with the tax relief component of the bill, was discussed. The amendment is expected to be voted on next week—after the committee receives more agency input. A floor debate is expected to start on Feb. 16.

The legislative session began on Jan. 12 with roads as the top priority.

2016 watch

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders will square off tonight in an MSNBC debate at 9 p.m. NBC News’ Chuck Todd and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will moderate the #DemDebate from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. A live stream is available at

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum did not kick off his 46 county tour in South Carolina Wednesday, instead he ended his campaign and backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul also dropped out of the 2016 race on Wednesday.

A Rubio campaign ad with Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., begins airing in South Carolina today, according to the Rubio camp. Scott officially endorsed his Senate colleague on Tuesday.

New York businessman and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump will rally at the Florence Civic Center Friday evening.

Statehouse today

The House starts session at 10 a.m., the Senate at 11 a.m.

Meeting highlights today include a 9 a.m. Senate Judiciary subcommittee looking into eminent domain by pipeline companies, another judiciary subcommittee at 10 a.m. on police dash cam footage being subject to freedom of information laws and a 1 p.m. joint citizens and legislative committee on children.

Today’s headlines:

S.C. Senators save Air Facility Charleston for another two years (The Post and Courier)

S.C. Republicans in Congress weigh in on drafting women in the military (The Post and Courier)

Bill Clinton touts wife as a ‘change-maker’ for workers, women at Allen University campaign rally (The Post and Courier)

Harpootlian endorses Sanders for president (The Greenville News)

South Carolina Legislature elects Judge John Few to Supreme Court (The Post and Courier)

Anti-Trump PAC ready to attack in S.C (The Greenville News)

Jeb Bush Plans Family Reunion (and Campaigning) in South Carolina (The New York Times)

House to take 3 weeks off this session, Senate to take 1 (AP)

Report: Using WIPP for plutonium disposal instead of MOX is ill-advised (Aiken Standard)

South Carolina’s Democratic and Republican Primaries Are Taking Place in Parallel Universes (The Nation.)

Inside Rand Paul’s slow-motion collapse (POLITICO)

Final two Dems go head-to-head in debate (The Hill)

New Hampshire Flooded By $100 Million in Political Ads (Bloomberg)

Trump resists staff calls to change course (POLITICO)