COLUMBIA — An effort to put South Carolina candidates back on June primary ballots died on the Senate floor Wednesday.
Senate Republicans failed to attach to an election bill on “third reading” an amendment re-instating candidates who filed required financial forms by April 20, when including a five-day grace period. They hoped to attach it to a measure that cleared the House last year, but they never got to the amendment.
The attempt to fast-track the proposal required, by two-thirds majority, overriding a Senate rule barring unrelated amendments to a bill – an extremely rare move. The override failed 24-15 after several hours of debate.
Republicans and Democrats afterward pointed the blame at each other.
“We tried. We made a good faith effort, and we lost,” said Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin, R-Pickens.
Nearly 200 candidates were tossed off June 12 primary ballots after the Supreme Court ruled last week they had to hand over the paper form at the same time they filed their candidacy. The two-week filing period ended March 30. Those tossed included 55 candidates for House and Senate.
Georgia farmers optimistic
MACON, GA. — Despite a drier-than-normal spring, farmers in central Georgia say they’re optimistic about their crops.
One reason for their optimism is that most of the largest row crops – including peanuts, cotton and soybeans – haven’t been planted, The Telegraph reported.
Farmers say they’re waiting for rain to have enough moisture in the ground for the seeds to germinate. Some early crops appear to be in good condition, including winter wheat, farmers say.
In other news
A BILL GIVING TAX BREAKS to parents who send their children to private school or educate them at home advanced Wednesday in the Senate, despite a panel’s 3-2 vote against it. A Senate subcommittee sent the measure to full Senate Finance with no recommendation. Opponents say such programs undermine public schools by keeping tax revenues out of state coffers, a major funding source for public education.
– Associated Press