Senators Delay Discussion on Emma's Law

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The bill known as Emma's law ran into another delay Tuesday.

Senators agreed to hold off discussion on the bill until Wednesday.

Several senators have urged others to agree with changes the House made to the bill so it can be sent to Governor Nikki Haley, but one lawmaker says he plans to offer amendments to the bill.

If one of those changes passes, several House and Senate members would have to meet in a conference committee to work on a compromise.

"We really want this bill for the meat of the bill, is .15 first offense, like some of the senators were saying and that's what we need to focus on, getting this bill out before the end of the session so we can start making a difference and saving lives," said David Longstreet. His daughter Emma was killed when a drunk driver hit the family's van as they drove to church.

Senator Gerald Malloy says he is concerned that changes would allow those with money to get out of having to use the device.

He is also concerned about changes made by the House.

"When we were trying to get amendments passed in the senate they were being voted down and now it's coming back from the house and they wanna vote for it, it's the very same amendment. And let's just keep in mind, we're talking about a big body of law. The DUI provisions is a big body of law it's not one size fits all," said Malloy.

Senators are expected to take up the bill Wednesday afternoon.


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