South Carolina state senators have changed their rules to make it harder for a single senator to hold up legislation.
Senate Republicans said the changes approved Tuesday are designed to ease the chamber’s reputation as a place where major bills usually stall and/or die. Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, said the idea is to prevent one senator from abusing their power and halting bills that otherwise have support from a large majority of the chamber.
“It’s a situation we’ve had to deal with a few times,” Massey said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “We’ll be on something, then all of a sudden there will be 200 amendments filed (by an opposing senator) that have nothing at all substantively to do with the bill.” [Read more…]