SC legislators face looming deadline for bills' passage

Published: Apr. 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT|Updated: May. 3, 2015 at 3:01 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's House and Senate will be busy this week trying to meet a legislative deadline. Bills that haven't advanced from one chamber to the other by Friday have little chance of becoming law this year.

After the crossover deadline, bills require a two-thirds vote to even be considered by the other chamber for the session that ends June 4. That's a high hurdle for measures that are at all controversial.

So far this session, little has made it into law, and just 18 legislative days remain. However, measures that don't pass this year don't die. Debate can resume in January.

Bills that haven't crossed over yet but are on legislative calendars for potential floor debate this week include those addressing police body cameras, concealed weapon permits and pet tattooing.

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