Ed Schafer, Legislative Counsel for the Municipal Association of S.C., said some new laws specifically take out retroactivity, while Smith’s law does not.
“If she persists in the position, it could mean somebody bringing suit and making a determination from there,” he said.
Coleman has argued that Smith targeted her out of personal animosity stemming from an out-of-wedlock birth that links her family with his. Smith, a pastor, has denied her charge.
The lawmaker’s original effort to take on Coleman’s concurrent positions, H.3321, had been limited to the local community. The governor had vetoed it, pointing to a conflict with the state constitution's Home Rule provision.
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