Senator Glenn McConnell says the Senate will take up the House version of a bill to require an official state ID for people to vote. But he says the chamber has gotten snagged in the past few days with more ideological debate–
We had a small group in the Senate who wanted to deny to state employees their medical health coverage if their child or their wife was raped or was the victim of incest and they wanted an abortion, they didn’t want the state health plan to pay for it in those two exceptions.
The abortion issued tied up debate on the budget in the Senate. McConnell says he and other Senate leaders were frustrated:
We had outvoted that position and they still persisted. So, Senator Lee Bright started a filibuster and the Senate adjourned at around midnight the night before, came back the next day and Senator Leatherman got the floor and Senator Land. Let me give you the backdrop to this: The Senate had already unanimously agreed on Tuesday that there would be no more amendments. So, I don’t understand these people that say they wanted to adjourn because they wanted to debate the bill more. They can’t put up amendments.
McConnell says the Senate will have to debate the Voter ID bill instead of simply pass it.
We’re going to get to it and there was a lot of debate that we should have concurred with the House amendment, but the House amendment was flawed and the people who wanted us to concur would have opened up South Carolina’s IDs to illegals and to what I call identity theft because the House language repealed that you have to have a birth certificate and a picture ID to get a South Carolina ID.
Senate continues debate this week, mainly on the state budget. The other bills, like the ones dealing with voter ID and changes to liability law-known as tort reform, will have to wait or be slipped in somehow.