Gilda Cobb-Hunter

Time runs out for many bills in South Carolina legislature

Time ran out Tuesday for new potential laws in South Carolina as a key crossover deadline passed, likely dooming bills that would increase penalties for texting while driving, extend time for gun background checks and allow for medical marijuana use.

Bills that don't pass either the House or Senate before the deadline must get two-thirds support to be considered by the other chamber, which is quite difficult for proposals that are at all controversial. And this is the second year of the session, so bills that don't pass will have to start over again in January.

A surprise loser on crossover deadline was a solar energy bill that would have eliminated a cap on the amount of...