Capital punishment. Publicly financed elections. Couch burning.
If you think you've heard those topics being debated by
lawmakers before, it's not deja vu.
All are subjects of bills that have come before the Legislature
multiple times in previous years. They're just some of the
countless bills that pop up year in and year out.
Monday when the deadline for Senate bills falls, many of
these familiar bills will be among the pack.
It generally takes a few years for all but the most popular or
urgent bills to become law. Legislators say the process of
legislative scrutiny helps improve the final versions of bills.
But some pieces of legislation never seem to make it through.
Berkeley County Delegate John Overington has been trying for more
than 20 years to get a bill passed that would reinstate capital
But Overington says there's value in simply bringing up the
issue. He says members of the public who support such legislation
need to know there are advocates working for them.