Originally created 05/06/02

Bills don't pass vote



AIKEN - Crossover Day came and went last week as lawmakers worked on some hotly contested bills, leaving some in the legislative dust.

Bills that did not make it from one chamber to the other by Wednesday died in the process. Only a two-thirds vote by a chamber can revive a bill.

House Speaker David Wilkins' massive Homeland Security Defense bill, which would set stiff penalties for acts of terrorism, is in a Senate committee, but some terrorism-related bills did not make it out of their respective chambers.

Among those were a Senate bill that would have forced flight school instructors to provide federal law enforcement and immigration officials with identifying information on students who are not U.S. citizens.

The bill, which languished in the Senate Transportation Committee, also would have banned instructors from teaching students who don't have a valid driver's license from South Carolina or one of its border states.

While a conference committee continues to work on how to spend lottery revenues, some lottery-related bills also died.

House lawmakers decided not to support a bill that would sentence people receiving public assistance to 20 hours of community service or up to 30 days in jail for buying a lottery ticket.

Some bills affecting education failed to get beyond committee review. Among those were a House bill that would have made the superintendent of education appointed rather than elected.

An attempt to create a Savannah River Basin Compact to protect the use of the river's water supply did not make it out of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

A bill that would have mandated that all laws be drafted so a person with a high school education can understand them died in the House.

Reach Matthew Boedy at (803) 648-1395 or matthew.boedy@augustachronicle.com.