By Paul Gable
Three weeks remain in this year’s SC General Assembly legislative session.
It would be nice to think SC lawmakers would actually accomplish something useful before the year is done.
But, that is wishing too much from our current crop of do-nothing legislators in Columbia.
When the two houses of the SC General Assembly adjourned last week, the SC House was in the midst of debating a bill that would prohibit the state’s judges from making any rulings based on Sharia law.
Rulings from our state’s judges are too often not based on any law. They tend to make it up as they go along with no regard for state or federal constitutions or statutes. However, our judges aren’t becoming experts on the Koran, so there is little reason to be legislating in this area.
The SC Senate, meanwhile, was in the midst of attempting to pass a bill that would limit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. The limit is now 24 weeks so we’re not talking any earth shaking change here.
These issues must be important in Columbia, however, because the Sharia law and abortion bills are taking priority over bills for road maintenance funding, ethics reform and an education equality fix mandated by the SC Supreme Court.
Year in and year out the SC General Assembly proves that the whole is lesser than the sum of its parts.
It’s past time to start looking for some new names on election ballots rather than continuing to re-elect these tired, old do-nothings who believe their need to perform stops after election day.