In a session bookended by abortion and guns, here’s what SC legislators did and didn’t do

In a session bookended by abortion and guns, here’s what SC legislators did and didn’t do

Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, talks to reporters after the regular legislative session ended May 13, 2021. Seanna Adcox/Staff COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s 2021 legislative session started with a law banning most abortions and ended with passage of bills expanding gun rights and resuming the death penalty. As the regular session came to a close May 13, Democrats blasted the Republicans who dominate both chambers as prioritizing “red meat” issues for socially conservative primary voters over improving South Carolinians’ lives. But the Legislature’s Republican leaders called it a hugely successful year as they completed efforts that have fallen short repeatedly, following an election that gave the House and Senate their largest GOP majorities ever. “There were expectations that came along with that, and we delivered,” Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, said. The Legislature accomplished much more that didn’t get a lot of attention, he added. “I know we started off with heartbeat (the anti-abortion law) and ended with guns, so there are social issues on the front and back. But we did a lot of big stuff in the middle,” the Edgefield Republican said. “The reality is, we did a lot.” The Legislature managed to avoid, or even flat-out reject, issues that brought backlashes in other GOP-led states. Bills calling for big election law changes in absentee and early voting went nowhere. Both chambers did pass bills on election oversight. But with their versions vastly different , whether they do anything on that front is a question […]

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