SC House rejects Creator & state symbol moratorium amendments

20140411-105731.jpgI’m disappointed in the recent vote by the SC House. The House struck the Senate amendments (unanimously adopted) which recognize the Creator and adds a moratorium to state symbols on h. 4482, the bill designating the Columbian Mammoth as the state fossil.

here’s the vote: H. 4482–NONCONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
The Senate Amendments to the following Bill were taken up for consideration. H. 4482 by Rep. Ridgeway: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 9, CHAPTER 1, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO STATE EMBLEMS, BY ADDING SECTION 1-1-712A, SO AS TO DESIGNATE THE COLUMBIAN MAMMOTH AS THE OFFICIAL STATE FOSSIL.

Rep. RIDGEWAY explained the Senate Amendments.

The yeas and nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 30; Nays 72 Those who voted in the affirmative are: Bales, Bannister, Barfield, Bowers, H. A. Crawford, Crosby, Delleney, Felder, George, Hamilton Harrell, Hayes, Hodges, Jefferson, Kennedy, King, Knight, Limehouse, Loftis, Lucas, W. J. McLeod, Norman, Norrell, Owens, Pope, Putnam,Ridgeway, Simrill, Skelton, Williams Total–30

Those who voted in the negative are: Alexander, Allison, Anderson, Anthony Atwater, Ballentine, Bedingfield, Bernstein, Bingham, Bowen, Branham, Brannon, G. A. Brown, R. L. Brown, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, K. R. Crawford, Daning, Dillard, Douglas, Edge, Erickson, Forrester, Funderburk, Gagnon, Gilliard, Goldfinch, Hardee, Hardwick, Henderson, Herbkersman , Hiott, Horne, Hosey, Huggins, Long, Mack, McCoy, McEachern, M. S. McLeod, Merrill, D. C. Moss, V. S. Moss, Munnerlyn, Murphy, Nanney, Newton, R. L. Ott, Parks, Patrick, Pitts, Quinn, Riley, Rivers, Ryhal, G. R. Smith, J. E. Smith, J. R. Smith, Sottile, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stringer, Tallon, Taylor, Thayer, Toole, Weeks, Wells, White, Willis, Wood
Total–72 The House refused to agree to the Senate Amendments and a message was ordered sent accordingly.