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House OK's bill to deter slow left-lane driving
Driving too slowly in the left lane isn’t just an annoyance; it’s also dangerous to others on the road. Hopefully, a bill passed by the S.C. House last week will help persuade slow drivers to keep right.
The House voted unanimously to let police issue tickets to motorists who stay in the left lane if it impacts other drivers by forcing faster-moving vehicles to either slow down or switch lanes. Violators could face a $200 fine or 30 days in jail.
The bill now goes to the S.C. Senate.
If you ask me, this law is long overdue.
Protecting the lives of the unborn
The state House last month passed bold right-to-life legislation banning most abortions after a baby's heartbeat can be detected. (I strongly supported this bill. Like most people in our community, I believe every life is precious -- including those not yet born.)
The bill, which had been approved by the S.C. Senate in January, was signed into law by Governor McMaster. However, a federal judge has temporarily blocked the measure in response to a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood. I’m optimistic the legislation will be deemed constitutional, but I’ll be monitoring the matter closely.
Safeguarding the right to worship
A bill ensuring church-goers can worship as they please – even during a lockdown – has passed a House committee. This is in response to government efforts elsewhere in the country to ban or restrict indoor church services. It must now come before the full House for a vote. I don’t know when that will happen, but rest assured I’ll be voting in favor.
The right to self-defense and gun-ownership
As you may be aware, I'm a proud member of the NRA and an unwavering supporter of the constitutional right to self-defense and gun-ownership. As such, I've co-sponsored an "open carry" bill to allow trained concealed weapons permit holders to carry those guns openly anywhere concealed weapons are currently allowed. It would bring South Carolina in line with 46 other states that have some kind of open carry law. I’m pleased to say it has passed the House judiciary committee and will be taken up by the full House. I’ll keep you posted.
A bad bill: repealing the requirement for
public hearings on the governor’s budget
A misguided piece of legislation pending in the S.C. House would repeal a state law regarding public hearings on state spending.
The governor each year puts forward a proposed spending plan, called an executive budget, for the following fiscal year. State law requires the House and Senate budget committees to hold joint hearings on that plan before adopting their own version of the budget.
Unfortunately, the Legislature hasn't been holding the hearings. They've simply ignored the law.
Now, some House members are trying to repeal it. Last week, a bill to do so received preliminary approval from the the budget committee.
This is a bad bill, and I will oppose it when it comes before the full House. Public hearings are a vital tool for citizens to give input. Rather than scrapping the law, we should begin to comply with it. We should give citizens the chance to sound off on the governor’s proposed budget, and we should listen to what they have to say.