Cindi Scoppe

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I checked in S.C. Senate President Harvey Peeler a week after the House held a two-day organizational session that was marked by the absence of masks and social distancing, raising questions about whether lawmakers will be able to avoid calling in sick for a second consecutive year. With the 2021 General Assembly set to convene at what's likely to be the height of the post-Christmas COVID surge, how far lawmakers are willing to go to prevent transmission could mean the difference between a full session and one infected legislator setting off a chain reaction that makes it practically if not legally impossible for the Legislature to meet.

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