SC Senate may soon debate SC-NC state line bill

South Carolina senators may soon debate a bill to clarify the state line with North Carolina more than 200 years after it was originally drawn.

A border bill was sent directly to the Senate floor Tuesday. It comes 20 years after surveyors using satellites and GPS pinned down the 334-mile boundary between the Carolinas within inches.

After the scientific work, a committee from both states worked out how people who suddenly find themselves in a different state can keep utilities, stay in the same schools and not have to pay back taxes to their new state.

Republican Sen. Larry Martin of Pickens says both states must pass the exact same bill.

Only about 90 properties will change states. Almost all are in the mountains or around Charlotte, North Carolina.

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