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Senate gives bill to raise more money for South Carolina roads a prime debate position

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — The South Carolina Senate has agreed to put the debate on whether to raise taxes for more money for road in a prime debate spot.

Senators approved the special status on the roads bill Tuesday by a voice vote. The only other bill currently on priority status is an abortion bill.

The bill on the Senate floor increases the gas tax by 12 cents and other fees to raise about an extra $800 million a year for roads. A proposal last week by Senate Republicans would add about $710 million in income tax relief and give the governor the ability to appoint all eight members of the Department of Transportation board.

The House passed a substantially different roads plan. A compromise must be reached before the session ends June 4.

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