Clyburn tries again with anti-smoking bill and others

COLUMBIA -- A Democratic lawmaker from Aiken is re-introducing two failed bills -- one to foster goodwill between diverse groups and another to reduce children’s exposure to second-hand smoke.

Rep. Bill Clyburn represents S.C. House District 82, which also covers parts of Edgefield and Saluda counties.

His bill, H. 3012, would create a “citizen relations committees” in each county. The committee’s job would be to promote equality of opportunity for citizens and improve discourse between racial, religious, and ethnic groups in the county. Each committee would have from five to 11 members.

The new committees would also recommend to the county’s governing body state legislation or other remedies for discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and finance.

Discrimination could be based on age, gender, ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, and religion, under Clyburn’s bill. A similar bill ran out of time last year. The lawmaker’s initial motivation was to fill a role once served by the county human relations board, which is now defunct.

A separate bill, H. 3122, would fine someone $100 for smoking tobacco while a child of preschool age is also in the vehicle. The bill has the support of the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative. That proposal, too, fell short in a previous legislative session.

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