Provided by Riley Pope & Laney, LLC -September 17, 2021
Senate Special Session – Tuesday, October 12th at 1:00 pm
Pursuant to the Sine Die Resolution, Senate President Harvey Peeler (R, Cherokee) issued a Memorandum yesterday calling the Senate back into session beginning on Tuesday, October 12th at 1:00 pm. The Memorandum states the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees are meeting to finalize their work on the authorization of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) monies, Savannah River Site settlement monies and redistricting – all matters which are expected to be considered in the Senate special session. While there have been requests for the General Assembly to reconsider the FY 2021-22 state budget proviso prohibiting mask mandates in schools, there was no mention of that initiative in the Memorandum.
Speaker of the House Jay Lucas (R, Darlington) has not called the House back into session, but a decision could be made as soon as next week. The House Republican Caucus is scheduled to meet next Wednesday, September 22nd to discuss options related to President Biden’s recent announcement of a COVID-19 vaccine or weekly COVID-19 test mandate for federal employees and employees of private companies employing 100 or more people.