Legislators Have a Lot to Cover in Last Week

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Lawmakers are heading into the final days of the legislative session with some big ticket items still outstanding, including prison construction and redistricting. This week legislators will determine the fate of dozens of bills. Lawmakers must redraw legislative districts after a panel of federal judges tossed out 12 districts, ruling they were unconstitutionally designed on racial lines. Also on the table for a conference committee is what to do with legislation aimed at protecting Confederate monuments by prohibiting the removal of any historic marker or monument. Lawmakers must also consider a proposal allowing the state to inspect faith-based day care centers. And a trio of Republican senators have threatened to derail the final days of the session unless an autism therapy bill gets a committee vote. And finally, lawmakers will debate the addition of nitrogen gas and the electric chair as methods of execution.


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