Sembler Is Back?
By FITSNews || S.C. Rep. Shannon Erickson had a simple job … just raise her hand and “object” whenever fellow S.C. Rep. Bill Herbkersman attempted to recall a bill that would grant millions of dollars in incentives to a controversial “Mega Mall.”
Seriously … a five-year old could do that.
Somehow, though, Erickson dropped the ball – and now the special interest legislation has new life.
The House recalled a controversial incentives package that would enable the Sembler Company – a firm run by former national GOP fund-raising chairman Mel Sembler – to construct a 280-acre, 1.5-million-square-foot retail facility in the S.C. Lowcountry. It’s a bad deal for taxpayers, as far as we can tell, because the facility would cannibalize existing retail sales (and jobs).
Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) had killed the bill in the State Senate earlier this session, and all Erickson had to do keep it in the grave was object to efforts by Herbkersman to bring it back on the calendar in the House.
“It was deader than a doornail,” one House member told FITS.
Not anymore …