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MORNING BUZZ: Senators closer to debating road fix

Ted Pitts, President and CEO of South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, speaks during a press conference at the statehouse. A coalition of leaders gathered to push legislation ahead concerning road repair.
Ted Pitts, President and CEO of South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, speaks during a press conference at the statehouse. A coalition of leaders gathered to push legislation ahead concerning road repair. tglantz@thestate.com

Senators to debate the capital reserve fund

After passing a 20-week abortion ban bill on Tuesday, the S.C. Senate next will take up a bill to authorize the state to spend $85 million in reserve money for various projects. The bill received preliminary approval last week, but lawmakers agreed to reserve the right to change it.

Senators to debate medical marijuana

At 9 a.m. a panel of Senators will debate a bill that would allow medical marijuana to be used for certain ailments. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, likely will not go far this year. However, Davis expects further debate next year. (Agenda)

Road repair debate could begin Thursday

State Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley expects the earliest the Senate could get to roads will be Thursday. Republicans, who make up a majority of the Senate, offered a fourth major road-repair plan two weeks ago. It would raise $800 million a year for roads through higher gas taxes and cut state income tax rates by 1 percentage point, or $700 million. The Senate plan also would give control of the Transportation Department to the governor. The proposal is an effort to meet Gov. Nikki Haley’s three requirements for a roads bill.

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