House Measure Aims to Limit Ceremony, Keep Chamber on Task

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina House members are trying to increase their productivity by limiting random introductions of school groups, beauty pageant winners and other constituents who drop by the Statehouse.

A proposal advanced to the House floor Tuesday would create a 15-minute time slot on the calendar for “special introductions,” with each limited to 90 seconds. Recognitions of winning high school teams who take the floor twice a week would be unaffected.

Rep. Todd Atwater says he’s trying to bring a little more order to the House. The Lexington Republican says he’s frustrated by the multiple daily interruptions.

The House’s longest-serving member, Rep. Grady Brown, was the lone Rules Committee member opposing the measure.

The Bishopville Democrat says he doesn’t want to limit the public’s access.

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