It seems that it takes national news making events to make the SC General Assembly work at all.
This year’s edition of the SC General Assembly may be known as the group that removed the Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds and little else.
In the past few days, momentum seems to be building for removal of the Confederate flag in response to the massacre of nine Black citizens at a Charleston church.
Removal of the flag was nowhere on the SC General Assembly radar at the beginning of the legislative year, or last week for that matter.
But now it will be debated in a specially amended legislative session next month and members of the SC General Assembly are falling all over themselves to demand its removal.
A bill to require police body cameras throughout the state was passed after a North Charleston police officer shot a fleeing Black man in the back two months ago.
Both events were covered by major national and international news organizations so they got the attention of the legislators.
Does it really take a major tragedy to get the SC General Assembly to act?