COLUMBIA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – A bill that will await a debate in Columbia this week has sparked fears it could harm South Carolina’s pro-business reputation and cost the state jobs if enacted.

Those are the concerns of South Carolina’s business leaders.

But supporters say their goal is to protect workers.

The bill, called the “Medical Freedom Act,” has drawn sharp criticism from South Carolina leaders, including the governor, over fears it could cripple the state’s response to public-health emergencies.

Now another part of that legislation faces big opposition from a different group – South Carolina’s business community.

Bob Morgan with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce testified that businesses worry the measure, which is advancing in the Senate, could cost jobs.

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