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S.C. State House roundup: Beer delivery, curbside alcohol pickup bills pass the House

Published: Mar. 11, 2021 at 3:10 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has given key approval to a pair of bills that make it easier to have beer and wine delivered to homes and to pick up alcoholic drinks with curbside service.

Both proposals were pushed after the COVID-19 pandemic changed the ways people go out to eat and shop. One bill passed on an 84-27 vote allows beer and wine to be delivered to homes on the same day they are ordered.

The delivery driver would need to check and scan the buyer’s identification. The second bill passed 99-14 allows restaurants to include alcohol when delivering meals as part of curbside pickup. The bills will go to the Senate after one more routine vote.

Sexual orientation axed from South Carolina hate crime bill

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A hate crimes bill in South Carolina no longer offers protection to gay or transgender people.

A Republican leader says he doesn’t think the bill will get enough immediate support if it includes them. A House subcommittee passed an amendment Thursday that removes sexual orientation, creed, gender, age, and ancestry from the bill.

Supporters of the bill as originally written say they wonder if it’s worth having a hate crimes law that doesn’t protect gay and transgender people, who they say are among those who most need the protection.

Copyright 2021 Associated Press. All rights reserved. WCSC contributed to this report.