- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on legislation aimed at fixing South Carolina’s roads (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

Senators passed legislation intended to start fixing South Carolina’s crumbling roads hours after House Speaker Jay Lucas blasted their inaction.

The Senate voted late Tuesday to amend a bill that allows for $2 billion of borrowing for highway construction over a decade and makes governance changes to the Department of Transportation.

The amended bill returns to the House.

The vote occurred after Lucas took the podium to say the Senate and Gov. Nikki Haley will be to blame if the potential compromise dies when the session ends Thursday. He said senators must pass a bill now, and Haley should be demanding it.

Senators negotiated behind closed doors for hours over the leadership changes. The House and Senate versions differ in how the DOT commissioners are chosen.

___

6 p.m.

House Speaker Jay Lucas says Gov. Nikki Haley and the Senate will be to blame if legislation intended to start fixing South Carolina’s crumbling roads dies this session.

Lucas said Tuesday senators need to pass a bill, and Haley should be demanding it.

Two separate measures could allow for $2 billion in borrowing over 10 years for highway construction, using $200 million annually in existing fees and vehicle taxes. They also make governance changes at the Department of Transportation.

The House agreed to the borrowing after the Senate refused to pass a gas tax increase, with opponents arguing for reform first.

With just two days left in the legislative session, the Senate has yet to vote on either potential compromise.

Haley spokeswoman Chaney Adams says legislative leaders know Haley’s position.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide