PEE DEE, S.C. (WBTW) — An effort to allow local accommodations tax money to go toward workforce housing has taken a step forward in South Carolina.

The bill passed Thursday in the state Senate by a vote of 34-6, with Sen. Mike Reichenbach, who represents Senate District 31 covering Florence County and parts of Darlington County, the only local senator to vote against the bill.

Reichenbach said he made a pledge to his constituents to be fiscally responsible and that this bill is not fiscally responsible.

“My concern on this bill is that we’re writing a blank check,” he said. “Before I vote on any bill, I look at the fiscal impact, and the fiscal impact summary for this bill says that the revenue impact of this bill is undetermined. Individuals, business, we don’t write blank checks.”

Reichenbach said a short-term solution would be to have a bill that has an undetermined revenue impact.

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