The South Carolina Senate is known for its painstaking progress in passing bills, which any senator will tell you is all a part of being the deliberative body, not hurried like the House.
They are not as prolific as the House, either.
But entering this session of the Senate, the higher chamber has agreed to hurry things up…a little.
The Senate has changed its rules by setting time limits on how long a senator can introduce a bill. In the past, the sponsor could stay on the podium all day.
If a senator contests a bill, that knocks it down to the contested calendar, a tough place to be. A new rule limits the number of bills that a senator can block. Only three bills per senator, per day, per calendar.
This may move things a long a little better, or make the members of the deliberative body become even more creative in how they will stymie a measure they do not like.