COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Senate committee has passed a bill that would require refugees to register with the state and for the State Law Enforcement Division to track them.
The General Committee passed the bill Wednesday with the two Democrats voting against it.
U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan and Mick Mulvaney told the senators that they think the federal government doesn’t do enough to check the background of refugees, especially those from countries with terrorism problems.
But the bill faces a tough road. Democratic Sen. Kevin Johnson of Manning placed a minority report on the bill, blocking floor debate.
And Republican Sen. Katrina Shealy of Lexington says she can’t support it unless a requirement to post the registry of refugees on the Internet is removed.