The House and Senate are back in session and in the first day of the Senate, debate dragged out over national issues. In the Senate, much of the afternoon was spent on concurrent resolutions to make an official South Carolina statement on the state’s right to sovereignty and the state’s displeasure with the federal health care bill.
Senator Joel Lourie chided his fellow Senators for the time spent:
(Lourie comment MP3 :20)
Richland Democrat Lourie is referring to Senator Larry Grooms now considering a run for Congress.
The resolution by Senator Larry Grooms and another by Senator Lee Bright were introduced soon after the Senate got down to bill consideration. Spartanburg’s Bright has been fighting for a “state’s rights” bill since last year. He and Senator Phil Leventis of Sumter disagreed on the purpose of the bill:
Leventis, like Lourie, argued that making a blanket statement for the state’s people on a national issue is not what the Senate is there to do, especially in a session beset with budget troubles. The Sumter senator says for something that speaks for all the people, it should be considered by all the people. Otherwise, he says caucuses or Senators should send a letter to the President.
The Senate reconvenes on Tuesday at 1 in the afternoon. The Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 9:30.