Bills borrowing for schools, roads meet crossover deadline

Bills borrowing for schools, roads meet crossover deadline

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Bills to borrow money to repair South Carolina's crumbling roads and public schools are among those clearing a legislative deadline, while measures not likely to make it include those strengthening penalties for killing a K-9.

Legislators were busy Tuesday through Thursday trying to meet the May 1 crossover deadline.

Under House and Senate rules, bills that advance from one chamber to the other after Sunday require a two-thirds vote to even be considered. That's rarely possible for measures that are at all controversial.

Because this is an election year, bills that don't become law this session officially die. Continuing debate on a bill next year would require reintroducing it and restarting the hearing process.

The session ends June 2.

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