When he's not running for governor, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen is a Democratic state senator from Camden. But because he is running for governor, Sheheen will probably be the most scrutinized state senator this year (with Lee Bright, who is running against Lindsey Graham, a close second.)
Tuesday, Sheheen pre-filed seven bills for the 2014 legislative session. Here they are:
S.878: A bill that would make it illegal to publish video or audio of a violent crime. This is most likely related to the " knockout" game that has been reported in some cities. The bill has lots of exceptions for police, private investigators and journalists.
S.879: A bill that would ban anyone younger than 18 from using a tanning bed.
S.880: A bill that would ban people with a beginner's permit or a restricted driver's license from using a cell phone while driving. The bill would also ban all drivers from using a cell phone while in a school zone or a construction zone.
S.882: This bill would exempt people from the state definition of "employment" if they transport cars for auto dealers.
S.883: This bill would ban "campaign staff, fundraisers, and members of committees organized to influence the outcome of campaigns" from using state-owned cars or airplanes. This is most likely in reference to this incident.
S.884: This bill would require the screening committee for boards of trustees at state colleges and universities do a "analysis of the demographic representation" of the board before screening candidates for a vacancy. This is most likely in response to this.
S.881: This bill would allow counties to exempt "solar energy electric systems" from property taxes.