Another week begins with SC Senate stuck on road funding

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate is starting its week in a familiar place — debating getting more money to the state’s roads.

Sen. Lee Bright will be on the floor Tuesday. He took over a nearly two-week filibuster by Sen. Tom Davis. Bright says South Carolina can find enough money to repair bridges and fix potholes without raising the gas tax.

The debate has paralyzed the Senate, which can’t debate any other bills with opposition until it handles the roads issue.

Senators could vote to sit Bright down, but that would limit the time they have to debate the roads proposal and more than 200 amendments.

Business leaders are angry at the delay. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce plans a Tuesday news conference to demand senators end the filibuster.

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