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Gold Coins, Eggnog and Secret Compartments: This Week at the Legislature

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It seems the South Carolina General Assembly has had no problem thinking up wacky ideas this week.

First is a proposal “that would mandate that gold and silver coins replace federal currency as legal tender in this state.”

First talked about in the SC blogosphere, this idea made its way into the national news and surely provided many folks across the country with some good laughs.

Next is a bill that would ban alcohol sales on Christmas and Thanksgiving Day.

This idea will likely anger eggnog drinkers and those who enjoy spirits on these two holidays. But it’s a good complement to another proposal that confirms that while it should be illegal to sell alcohol on Sundays, paying a fee to sell alcohol on Sundays makes it OK.

And just yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban secret compartments in cars. That’s right, no compartments or fuel tanks other than those installed by the car manufacturer.  This bill was introduced last session, as noted in our Best/Worst review of property rights legislation. The intent of the bill is obviously to discourage drug smugglers, but the act of creating a secret compartment in itself should not be illegal.

These three ideas kicked around by the General Assembly this week may be humorous, but there is nothing funny about lawmakers playing around with our personal freedoms. To read more, click here.

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Written by SC Policy Council

February 19, 2010 at 9:24 am

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