COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – New laws signed by Gov. Nikki Haley shorten the legislative session, allow South Carolinians to carry concealed guns in Georgia, and block petroleum companies from taking people’s land for a pipeline.
Those are among more than 40 bills Haley quickly signed Friday, a day after legislators sent them her way. Dozens more could become law within the week.
While the session officially ended Thursday, legislators will return June 15 to take up Haley’s vetoes.
Future legislative sessions will end three weeks earlier, on the second Thursday in May.
A reciprocity agreement with Georgia will make it easier for South Carolinians with concealed weapon permits to travel back and forth. And private, for-profit companies can’t acquire land for a petroleum pipeline through eminent domain.