COLUMBIA -- S.C. lawmakers still have work to do. They will return to Columbia on Wednesday to take up 20 vetoes by Gov. Mark Sanford.
They also will consider 10 more bills in conference committees, where House and Senate lawmakers are working to settle their differences before sending the proposals to Sanford for his signature.
Among the proposals that could become law:
n A bill that would provide tax incentives to businesses to install fire sprinklers in new construction. Sanford vetoed the bill, But it still could become law if two-thirds of the House and Senate vote to override the governor's veto.
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n A bill in conference committee that would add some accused child abusers to the Central Registry of Child Abuse and Neglect.
n A bill in conference committee that would allow some prisoners to access DNA evidence to prove their innocence.
n A bill in conference committee that would make it a felony for school employees to have sexual relationships with students. Now, it is not illegal for school personnel to have sex with students 16 or older; 16 is the age a minor legally can consent to sex in South Carolina.
"We could pass some laws," said House Clerk Charles Reid, adding 60 or so bills made their way to Sanford's desk during the General Assembly's last three weeks before its June 6 adjournment.
Lawmakers and fire officials have said they intend to push for a veto override of Sanford's veto of the sprinkler bill.
The bill, which would offer tax incentives to businesses and home builders for installing fire sprinklers in structures, was driven, in part, by the death of nine Charleston firefighters in a blaze last year.
Lawmakers also could override Sanford's veto of a measure that would end the process whereby state health officials notify schools that a student has tested positive for HIV. School officials argued disclosing such test results discourages students from being tested.
Other measures vetoed by Sanford that lawmakers will consider overriding include:
n A bill to allow legislators and state employees to drive into the State House garage with concealed weapons in their vehicles.
n A bill to create a state system of farmers markets and move Columbia's market to Lexington County.
Some Sanford vetoes easily will be overridden.
For example, Sanford vetoed a bill by state Rep. Jackie Hayes, D-Dillon, that sets about $20 million in millage for Dillon County schools.
Sanford objected because the Dillon school board is appointed by the county's legislative delegation, not elected by the voters. In his veto message, Sanford termed Dillon's school governance model as "flawed" and "bizarre."
"It's going to take one vote to override, and I intend to cast it," said Rep. Hayes, the only House member representing Dillon.
The House has 12 Sanford vetoes to consider; the Senate has eight.
House and Senate conference committees will meet early Wednesday, according to Senate Clerk Jeffrey Gossatt.
If the committee's compromise proposals are approved by the House and Senate, Sanford would have five days to sign or veto the bills.
Any Sanford vetoes of bills from the conference committees, passed during this week's mini-session, will be taken up the first two days of the 2009 General Assembly, which begins in January.
Gossatt said the session should be short.
"It will most likely be a one-day session," Gossatt said. "I don't anticipate it being a hectic or a busy day. But it could be an important day for a bunch (of legislation)."