Senate Bill 373, the bill regulating above ground storage tanks, advanced through the committee process quickly this week causing concern for some members of the upper chamber.
In a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, many expressed more time was necessary with the bill. Despite the discontent with the process, the bill was passed by the committee unanimously Thursday.
“It has moved more quickly than a lot of bills do in the Legislature,” said Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Corey Palumbo Friday, “but I think the public wants to see us act.”
“I think the public is largely outraged by what happened in Charleston and how it affected so many people in this state,” he added. “So, I think it’s incumbent upon us to sure not only that we do it right, but that we do it quickly and efficiently.”
Palumbo said leadership decided to give Senators the weekend to digest the bill and prepare for proposed amendments on the floor next week. It will return to the Senate floor for action Monday.