Palmetto Sunrise: Senate continues to crawl

With just two days left in the legislative session, the House awaits the actions of the Senate on major legislation that is in cue. Grace Beahm/Staff

COLUMBIA — With just two days left in the legislative session, the Senate adjourned Tuesday with Beaufort Republican Sen. Tom Davis holding the floor with his filibuster.

Days in the Senate have ended that same way over the last two weeks, and patience is running thin with many legislators in both chambers.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Jay Lucas noted, while he addressed his Republican Caucus, that an unnamed newspaper had published an editorial that listed everything the legislature had and had not accomplished this session. The paper, however, failed to point out that the progress of many major bills hit a wall after they were sent to the Senate by the House, Lucas said.

To be fair, the Senate has passed bills in recent weeks. But it’s been mainly local bills and those that legislators have no issue with. Everything grinds to a halt when they arrive at the “interrupted debate” portion of the calendar.

That is expected to happen again today, when the Senate returns for its second-to-last day of the legislative session. The Senate starts a little earlier than usual today at 11 a.m. In the meantime, the House is expected to stick around until late in the afternoon in hopes that the Senate sends them bills to pass at the last minute.


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