February 5, 2013 2:15 PM

Cindi Ross Scoppe | Move could end Senate’s long-standing bill blockage maneuver

Back when transportation was unreliable and roads often nonexistent, S.C. senators developed a tradition of informing the Senate clerk of any bills on the calendar about which they were particularly interested. That way, if the creek rose or the good lord for some other reason wasn't willing to help them to make it to Columbia on the next legislative day, their colleagues would pass over those bills, delaying the debate until they could arrive.

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