South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014
Journal of the Senate

                                                  NO. 50









Thursday, April 24, 2014
(Statewide Session)

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

The Senate assembled at 11:00 A.M., the hour to which it stood adjourned, and was called to order by the ACTING PRESIDENT, Senator McELVEEN. (This is a Statewide Session day established under the provisions of Senate Rule 1B. Members not having scheduled committee or subcommittee meetings may be in their home districts without effect on their session attendance record.)


The following remarks by Senator PEELER were ordered printed in the Journal of April 9, 2014:

Remarks by Senator HARVEY S. PEELER, JR.

Members of the Senate, I stand here embarrassed. I've heard my name mentioned so many times. It's embarrassing the thank yous and the attention you've given me. It's not about me. You've used my name too much. You've bragged on me too much, Senator MALLOY. Like I told you when we started the debate on the "Read to Succeed" effort, the genesis of this is when I asked my staff to come up with something that would help our high school drop-out rate in South Carolina. They brought me something from the EOC, the Education Oversight Committee. So, this was not my brain child at all. This came from my staff, the EOC staff and, Senator from Richland, your staff; the education staff. But I'm totally committed to it. I'm committed to the idea because, like I told you before, I think it's as Senator SETZLER said, "The most significant piece of legislation." and, I think, economic development legislation that we've done in recent memory. Today is one of the most important days of my life in the Senate. Very much like what Senator SETZLER just said, "It's not for us." We didn't do it for us. We're doing it for the children and the future of the State of South Carolina. For us to come together on both sides of the aisle in a bipartisan effort to help our kids is what it's all about. I'm so proud we have debated and have given second reading to a piece of legislation that effects both sides of the political spectrum. I think, Senator LEATHERMAN, that this predicts a great future for this Senate and for the State of South Carolina. For us to work like we've worked in recent days and in recent hours, I want to thank Senator SETZLER. I want to thank Senator MALLOY. You are exactly right, it all started in Senator HAYE'S subcommittee. But, hopefully, this is not where it will end. It's just a beginning for the State of South Carolina.

Members of the Senate, I'm full today and will be the first to tell you I'm high strung and emotional. You all know that. I just want to tell you that momma says she thinks I have a birth defect. My heart is too close to my eyes. I cry just thinking about crying. I told some folks the other day that the first time I heard the song "The Chair" by George Strait, I had to lay down a minute. I'm that emotional and that high strung. I am. During the debate the other day one of the Senators came up to me and said, "Don't take this personally, but I'm going to try to kill this amendment." One of the other Senators said, "Do you know who you're talking to? He takes everything personally." I do and I take this effort personally. I want to tell the thousands of people in South Carolina that "don't read too well"--this is for you!


At 11:03 A.M., on motion of Senator SHEALY, the Senate adjourned to meet tomorrow at 11:00 A.M., under the provisions of Rule 1B.

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