After Thursday’s South Carolina House of Representatives session, Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell (R-Charleston) said the legislative body would take two weeks off this session in order to save taxpayer money.
Harrell said, barring an unforeseen reason, the two weeks would be the week of March 21 and the week of April 18.
The House traditionally breaks for a week after Easter. However, Harrell said Easter’s late date this year was too close to the end of the session.
It usually costs about $50,000 per week for legislators’ travel and meal costs.
Last year, the House furloughed for four weeks. In 2009, they broke for five weeks.
In other House news:
— A judiciary subcommittee cleared legislation that would ban the sale of alcoholic energy drinks in South Carolina.
— Members put off debate on a bill that would require a photo identification card in order to vote. Rep. J. David Weeks (D-Sumter) cited a House rule that required bills to be posted on the House calendar for at least 24 hours before they are taken up. The Speaker sustained the challenge, and a second reading was changed to next Tuesday.
—The House welcomed the Byrnes High School football team for winning the state football championship, as well as the Lexington Dixie Youth Baseball All-Star Team, which won the Dixie Youth World Series over the summer.