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S.C. Lawmakers Racing the Clock to Finish Legislative Session

Originally published by Mary Green for WRDW

Medical marijuana, hate crimes, judicial reform, and energy expansion – are all on the line this week at the South Carolina State House.

They’re among the bills that need to either pass in the Legislature to stay alive – or they’ll die for the year.

State law requires the General Assembly wrap up its work for the legislative session by 5 p.m. Thursday.

So when lawmakers gavel in Tuesday for their final week, it’ll be a race to the finish.

Thousands of bills have been filed – ranging from many that haven’t gotten as much as a hearing to those that are just a vote away from reaching the governor’s desk.

So now lawmakers have to decide which ones get priority as time winds down.

“We’re going to have plenty of work to do. … I think we’re going to have our hands full, just working through the calendar and dealing with whatever the House sends back to us,” said Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield.

Among the bills awaiting a debate in the House are two big ones that have already passed in the Senate.

The first would merge six state health and human service state agencies into one.

The other would make changes to the process by which lawmakers select judges.

Senators expect to wrap up debate on a House bill that updates South Carolina’s name, image, and likeness, or NIL, law for college athletes.

Senators also have yet to debate a top priority this year from the Speaker of the House an expansive energy reform bill.

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