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SC Senate refuses to put roads on priority status

Author: BY SEANNA ADCOX

Source: The Island Packet

May 1, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate has refused to give priority status to a bill funding road and bridge construction.

The Senate's 26-19 vote Thursday failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority to give special debate status for the bill. Both lawmakers and business leaders have called road funding a top priority this year.

Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler urged senators to give him more time to work toward a compromise with Republican senators who won't support the proposal as written. It raises an additional $800 million yearly for roads through taxes and fees.

Senators of both parties pointed out they're running out of time and the Senate must get to the debate to make any changes. The session ends June 4.

Peeler insists the Legislature can still pass an infrastructure package.

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