State lawmakers from Horry County have prefiled numerous bills for consideration when the legislature reconvenes in a few weeks, including measures that support medical marijuana, crack down on sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, and oppose offshore drilling.
In addition, a lawmaker from Greenville is looking to crack down on drivers going below the speed limit in left passing lanes. Republican State Sen. Ross Turner wants to increase those fines to $200.
The second regular session of the South Carolina General Assembly will convene on Jan. 9, 2018, and consider new legislation and bills still pending from last year.
State Sen. Greg Hembree of North Myrtle Beach is sponsoring a non-binding resolution asking the federal government to remove barriers that block research on the use of cannabis to treat medical conditions and illnesses.
State Rep. Greg Duckworth is also sponsoring a resolution asking Congress to block seismic surveys that are the precursor to offshore drilling for oil and gas.
“Basically, it’s just sending a message to Congress that folks on the coast oppose that kind of activity,” Duckworth said.