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Legislative session ending with much work left undone

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina’s legislative session is drawing to a close without a state budget or action on most of lawmakers’ priority issues.

State law requires the regular session to end at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Lawmakers return for a special, three-day session June 16. But their work is limited to the state budget and bills that have passed both chambers with differences that can be worked out in six-member conference committees.

Any measures that haven’t made it such committees are dead for the year.

Those include the effort to raise money to fix South Carolina’s roads and bridges.

The House passed a bill in April that would raise $400 million. A Senate proposal would roughly double that. But opponents of increasing the gas tax have blocked votes in the Senate.

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