Legislation Watch: South Carolina, Going, Going …

OUR last report on creationist legislation still pending this year was here Legislation Watch: Missouri and South Carolina. Since then the Missouri bill has died (see: Missouri Creationism Bill Goes Extinct).

There are, of course, a few states where the people are never safe because their legislatures are in session all year long (those are: Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), and there are other states with limited sessions that won’t adjourn for at least a few more weeks or months (Arizona, California, Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Tennessee), so one never knows what may yet happen in such places, but for now we’re left with only South Carolina to actively watch.

For background, see Creationist Bill Filed in South Carolina. That unfortunate state has two creationist bills that have been pending since last year.

The first bill is S. 873. You can keep up with its legislative history here. The second bill is S. 875, and its progress can be followed here.

Both bills are the work of Senator Michael Fair, a hard-core, full-blown creationist who has been promoting such laws in his state for years. Here’s his page at the website of the South Carolina legislature. It informs us that his occupation is “insurance,” which we assume means he sells it. Wikipedia has an article on him: Michael L. Fair, but it’s not very informative.

Nothing is happening with either of Fair’s two bills — they’re just sitting in committee. Perhaps they’ll die there. According to the legislature’s website, this legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on 03 June — a few days from now. That date could change, of course, but as of now, time is running out for Fair’s bills.

From where your Curmudgeon sits, in his luxurious underground control room at the fabled CITADEL — the Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere, things are looking good for this year’s Legislation Watch.

But the creationists are forever active, so our work continues.

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3 responses to “Legislation Watch: South Carolina, Going, Going …

  1. The South Carolina legislature’s rules prevent a bill from moving between houses at this point without a 2/3 vote. Fair’s bill would have to clear committee and then get 2/3 and then pass in the state House in order to become law. A tall order and unlikely to happen.

  2. Thanks, S.C. and Josh. This brightened my day, I needed that.

  3. Thanks, Josh. That’s good news.