A debate about Amazon.com in the House dominated attention last week, while senators also worked on the state budget. Matt Long reports.
On Tuesday, the House also voted to pass a final voter ID bill that had been approved by leaders in both the House and Senate the previous week. If the Senate passes the bill, it would head for the governor’s desk for her signature. No more amendments can be added.
The Senate voted to put direct funding for ETV back in the state budget. The House had removed it, instead providing the money for state agencies which use the network’s services.
The Senate passed a flurry of bills before becoming bogged down in budget discussions. One of those was ATV safety legislation that would ban children six and under from driving ATVs on public land and would require those under the age of 16 to wear a helmet. Senators voted to exempt youth who drive on private land, leading some legislators to complain the bill was “watered down.” Gov. Nikki Haley’s spokesman has said she will sign the bill.
The House passed a bill that would make it a crime for prison inmates to use social networking websites. It gained momentum after a news report earlier this year found dozens of inmates were on Facebook.
The Senate voted to require in-home care providers to get a license. It now only needs Haley’s signature to become law.
The House also beat a procedural deadline to pass a jobless debt bill that tries to refinance nearly $1 billion in loans the state borrowed from the federal government two years ago. Treasurer Curtis Loftis criticized the proposal, saying it relies too much on unpredictable bonds and risks South Carolina’s “AAA” credit rating.