Lawmakers re-file legislation ahead of 2019 session

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Several South Carolina lawmakers will try their chances again at passing bills during the upcoming legislative session.

News13’s Georgiaree Godfrey looked at several bills re-filed at the state house.

Bills not passed by both the senate and the house by the time session ends ‘die,’ and the only way lawmakers will see the bills again is for the bills to be re-filed.

Last year, Senator Harvey Peeler filed a bill to do away with daylight saving time. The bill never made it out of committee. But, it will be back up for discussion this year.

Another bill deals with the execution of prisoners.

Right now, inmates have the option to die either by lethal injection or the electric chair. But, with a shortage of lethal injection drugs, lawmakers are proposing to use the electric chair as a ‘plan b’.

Senator Tom Davis has also re-filed a bill that deals with the study of medical marijuana.

“What I learned after getting the CBD oil law passed in 2014, I learned that there are a lot of other medical uses for cannabis that depended upon that THC component being present, particularly neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and cerebral palsy, or things of that nature,” said Senator Davis.

The medical marijuana bill made it out of the medical affairs committee. However, session ended before lawmakers could discuss the bill.

All bills filed for this year will have to start from the bottom, which means the bills will have to be passed by senate and house committees before being presented on the state house floor.

South Carolina’s new legislative session starts January 8.

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