Tongue-in-cheek bill would study study committees

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislators love study committees as a way of doing something about issues that they're not willing to take on without - well - more study.

A South Carolina legislator said Wednesday his bill to create a study committee to study committees is a tongue-in-cheek shot at the practice of appointing panels in order to dodge doing something.

Republican state Rep. Michael Thompson of Anderson said the state has the ultimate study panel. He says it's the South Carolina Senate, where bills languish and die.

Thompson said some study committees can't address issues from the beginning. He notes a panel is reviewing the state's tax structure but is barred by the law establishing it from recommending changes in a property tax break that's causing problems.

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