Peeler, Hayes lay out legislative priorities for 2013

Posted January 4, 2013 2:19 pm | Filed under Local News

State legislators are already back in Columbia ahead of next week’s official start to the 2013 legislative session.

Lawmakers from across the state took part in a day-long intensive media briefing Thursday, giving reporters across the state a glimpse of what they’d like to see accomplished in the coming year.

State Senator Harvey Peeler says one big item for him is eradicating the State Infrastructure Bank.

Peeler represents the western portions of York County and says projects like the widening of State Highway 5 from York to Interstate 85 need to be underway across the state.

Peeler was joined at Thursday’s session by fellow York County Senator Wes Hayes, who chairs the Senate’s Banking and Insurance Committees.

Though he’s no longer chairman of the State Senate Ethics Committee, senator Wes Hayes says one of his top priorities this legislative session is pushing through ethics reform.

Hayes told WRHI at a legislative work session in Columbia Thursday that nameless attack ads need not be part of political campaigns in South Carolina.

Hayes says the debacle this past summer with 200 candidates getting tossed off ballots statewide would be corrected under his watch. He also cited the need to take a closer look at education funding and doing what’s best for students in K-12 public schools.

Hayes was joined by fellow York County Senator Harvey Peeler, who was championing legislation to do away with the State Infrastructure Bank, saying its usefulness ended with the construction of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge that spans the Cooper River in Charleston.