There are 40 new laws on the books in South Carolina. They were all recently signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley. It was a very fast move, as the bills just got to her yesterday, having passed through the rest of the legislative process. Though the exact totals aren't yet known, it's anticipated that this could be just the start, and dozens of other bills could come through this week. Below are a few big points from the bills.
The Legislative Process Gets Shorter
In the future, South Carolina's legislative sessions won't last nearly this long, ending on May's second Thursday. This cuts them down by about three weeks. Until now, South Carolina has had the 13th longest legislative session in the country. The House has been asking for a reduction for two decades, but it never went through. It's worth noting that the House asked for more than three weeks to be cut.
Gun Laws Change on the Georgia Border
It's been hard for concealed gun owners to travel between Georgia and South Carolina, something many who live on the border have to do every day, as South Carolina and Georgia have different standards for allowing concealed carry; people in Georgia don't have to go through a training process first to get a license and legally carry a gun. Now, a reciprocity agreement was settled upon so that these individuals can travel without worrying about breaking the laws in the other state. This will mainly impact those in Aiken County, who had complained about the inconvenience.
Restrictions on Private Pipelines
Eminent domain can sometimes be used by the government to take land from citizens when it's needed for development. One law makes it so that private, for-profit companies are not able to use this when building petroleum pipelines.
Changing with the Laws
One thing that people often don't realize about laws is how quickly they can change, and how many may change at once. It's important for people to follow these changes, especially when they deal with things like gun rights, to make sure they know what they're legally allowed to do and what defense options they have when accused of breaking these laws.
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