Dear Friends –
Your voice was heard. Please call or email your state leaders and say THANK YOU tomorrow morning.
Speaker Bobby Harrell – (803) 734-3125
Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell – (803) 212-6610
Senator Chip Campsen – (803) 212-6016
Rep Jay Lucas – (803) 734-2701
Rep Jim Merrill – (803) 734-3072
Rep Alan Clemmons – (803) 734-2994
Agreement on Clean Voter ID Bill Reached
(Columbia, SC) – After last week’s vote, the House and Senate versions of the Voter ID bill (H. 3003) were sent to a joint House/Senate conference committee to see if an agreement could be reached. Conferees met in Columbia today and agreed on a bill that focused on securing our state’s election process with a clean Voter ID only bill.
Over the past week, citizens from across our state voiced their support for a clean Voter ID bill. Conferees responded by removing issues unrelated to the overall goal of securing our state’s elections.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell issued the following statement about the joint adoption of a clean Voter ID conference report:
“The House and Senate conferees worked together to approve a clean Voter ID bill by agreeing to remove the same unrelated issues that killed the bill last year. These members – Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas, Rep. Alan Clemmons, Rep. Jim Merrill, Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell and Sen. Chip Campsen – displayed a great deal of statesmanship by putting aside their differences and focusing on what our state’s citizens wanted, a clean Voter ID bill.
“With a clean Voter ID agreement reached by the conference committee, the goal of securing our state’s elections is again just one step away from becoming law. The House looks forward to giving this clean Voter ID conference report final approval.
“The many South Carolinians who made their voices heard on this issue was incredible. The groundswell of grassroots support was overwhelming and the message was clear – our citizens want a clean Voter ID bill passed this year. The phone calls, emails and social networking done by concerned South Carolinians all over our state is what made this happen.”
Now that House and Senate conferees have signed off on a clean Voter ID conference report, a copy will be sent to each legislative body for final approval. Once adopted by both bodies, the ratified act will then be sent to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.
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