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S.C. Chamber of Commerce calls on senators to vote on roads bill

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Staff Report
Published Feb. 23, 2016

The S.C. Chamber of Commerce has issued an “action alert” to members to call their state senators and tell them to end a filibuster that has blocked action on a roads package.

“The Senate needs to pass a roads bill this week,” Ted Pitts, chamber president and CEO, said in a message to members. “South Carolinians are tired of hearing our senators tell us they agree that we need to fix our unsafe roads and structurally deficient bridges, but then never seeing a vote on the issue.”

Pitts and the chamber are taking aim at Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, who launched a filibuster last week to throttle any vote on a roads package. Davis managed to block a bill last year that would have raised the gas tax and provided more money to the S.C. Department of Transportation to fix the state’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.

“The business community is taking notice of the Senate’s continued inaction, and we urge senators to do their job and vote to pass a roads package that increases funding, holds the DOT accountable, and fixes our roads and bridges once and for all. We are monitoring this debate closely.”

In its alert to members, the chamber said delaying the vote causes more traffic jams and crashes, jeopardizing public safety.

Prior to convening the General Assembly in January, Senate leaders said passing a roads bill is the top priority for this year’s session.

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