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      House approves bill creating shorter SC session

      South Carolina's regular legislative session would last just three months each year under a measure tentatively approved by the House.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's regular legislative session would last just three months each year under a measure tentatively approved by the House.

      The House voted 91-9 to ask voters whether legislators should cut two months from their yearly sessions in the Statehouse.

      House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister says the Legislature can get its work done sooner and save taxpayers the cost of mileage and daily expenses given to members while in Columbia.

      The proposed constitutional amendment would move the official start date from early January to February. The session would end in early May instead of June. January would be reserved for committee meetings.

      The bill requires another vote in the House before heading to the Senate. Similar measures approved by the House have gone nowhere in the Senate.