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More Bills Passed This Year, Than Last

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If you haven’t had a chance yet to check out this year’s Best/Worst, take a look over at SCPC. One thing you’ll see is that this year’s Best/Worst is longer than last year’s. In fact, it came as a surprise to us that the Legislature passed more bills in 2010 than 2009. At the same time, 2010 was a bit disappointing when it came to thinking creatively about free market health care reform, environmental reform and education reform. Not much fundamental budgetary or tax reform either.

Anyway, here are the numbers:

Bills Introduced, Passed and Vetoed During the 118th General Assembly

2010 (Second Regular Session)

1,052 bills and joint resolutions introduced

219 passed

46 vetoes (not including budget vetoes)

36 vetoes overridden

2009 (First Regular Session)

1,402 bills and joint resolutions introduced

205 passed

16 vetoes (not including budget vetoes)

16 vetoes overridden

As we observed in our special report on shortening session, the South Carolina Legislature passed about one bill a year/per legislator during the 118th General Assembly. Likewise, as a body, seven bills annually were introduced per legislator.

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Written by Jameson Taylor

November 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm

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