Updated 4:48 p.m., March 23
Senators on Wednesday approved a bill to track refugees resettling in South Carolina by a vote of 39 to 6.
The bill would require refugees’ sponsors to enroll with the Department of Social Services. The agency would be required to send registration information to the State Law Enforcement Division.
It would also make the sponsor liable if a refugee commits a violent crime.
Senators removed a funding cut from the bill. That cut would have restricted funding to the refugee program.
The Senate is set to send the bill to the House on Thursday. House members may take up the bill after returning on April 12.
Senators are expected to debate the ethics bill after returning on April 5 from their break.