TWISC: In Session May 3, 2018
The bill was intentionally amended late Wednesday evening by fellow Democrat and bill opponent Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, to virtually outlaw all abortions in the state.
The tactic helped end cloture and move the bill to third reading debate, which ensued on Thursday. While Republicans had the votes to invoke cloture Wednesday, they didn’t have the higher margin to end the filibuster on Thursday.
Gov. Henry McMaster weighed in on the abortion ban bill as did Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield. Massey also said a bill that would ask voters if they want the governor to appoint the superintendent of education could get debate priority next week.
But senators will be back on Friday to continue this debate.