- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina legislators are introducing more bills this week for the session that starts in January.

Wednesday is the second and final day for senators to pre-file legislation. Those bills are expected to be posted online later in the day. House members’ first day to pre-file is Thursday. They get another chance to jumpstart their bills next week.

Senators introduced 173 bills on their first pre-filing day last week.

They include proposals for what are considered top priorities for 2015, such as reforming ethics laws, funding highway and bridge work, and decreasing domestic violence.

Also in the batch were numerous proposals designed to decrease abortion, boost guns rights, and make more offices appointed by the governor.

Others range from increasing the minimum wage to making military retirement pay tax exempt.

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