SC Legislature feels and looks different with same issues

SC Legislature feels and looks different with same issues
(Source: Joe Gorchow)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s 124th session of the General Assembly starts Tuesday. Lawmakers will meet for 18 weeks in the first year of the two-year session.

They plan to meet in person, even with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senate President says all senators will wear masks, while the House speaker is strongly encouraging his members to wear face coverings.

The Senate will open with 30 of its 46 members Republicans. That’s the most Republicans in modern times.

Lawmakers are expected to tackle familiar issues like education, the budget, Santee Cooper and abortion; and new things like COVID-19, redistricting and criminal justice reforms championed by House Speaker Jay Lucas.

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