SC General Assembly to Begin Legislative Prefile
by Ashley Crary Lidow, MPH on Nov 4, 2021
The South Carolina General Assembly’s second year of the 124th Legislative Session will begin on January 11, 2022.
Before we can talk about January, we need to get through the legislative prefile dates. Prefiling is the introduction and referral to a committee of Bills prior to a legislative session.
For the 2022 Legislative Session the House has scheduled prefiled legislation dates in November. The Senate has not posted their prefile dates yet, check back here for updates.
Because the two-year session continues in 2022, any legislation unapproved in 2021 is still able to be debated.
Legislators prefile bills to help show the public what their main priorities are heading into the legislative session. These bills are formal legislative proposals that allow sponsors, and opponents, time to spell out what a bill will do and to identify opportunities to find strategic allies.
Any S.C. State legislator can prefile any bill(s) they would like to see introduced in the S.C. General Assembly. The bills prefiled before the official start of the legislative session will not move within the legislature until January 11, 2022; the first day of session.
View this video to learn more about how you find where these dates are posted on SCstatehouse.gov
What you can do in the time between prefile and the start of session:
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- Contact your legislators and tell them what your priorities are, here.