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MORNING BUZZ: Senate debate shifts to abortion, roads and borrowing for buildings

Next up for state Senate debate?

The S.C. Senate passed its version of the state’s $7 billion budget last week. But the Senate has several big debates ahead with only 12 days left in the regularly scheduled legislative session. Senators could start debate on a bill that would ban abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later. But they also likely will be vying to get a new Senate GOP roads proposal and a bill that would borrow money for building maintenance for the state’s public colleges and National Guard armories into priority spots on the calendar. The Senate meets at noon. (Watch)

Ethics reform revival?

The Senate Judiciary Committee has on its calendar a series of House-passed ethics bills. The Senate already has punted on its own ethics-related reforms, signaling a lack of appetite in the upper legislative chamber for updating the state’s decades-old ethics laws. The Committee also will take up several proposals that are a reaction to officer-involved shootings. (3 p.m. / Gressette 308)

Lindsey Graham comes to the State House

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will visit state officials, weighing a 2016 White House run, said his testing-the-waters committee. Graham will meet privately with Gov. Nikki Haley, Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson, Secretary of State Mark Hammond and the Senate Republican Caucus. Graham will address the open meeting of the state House Republican Caucus at 11 a.m.

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