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      State senators held public hearing for gas cap and timber destruction bills

      State senators held a public hearing in Myrtle Beach Wednesday night on two bills. More than a dozen people came out to Horry Georgetown Technical College's conference center to hear about the bills that are currently in the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources committee.

      One bill would increase penalties for theft and destruction of timber and timber products. It's sponsored by State Senator Phillip Shoopman. The other, sponsored by State Senator Dick Elliott, would put a cap on wholesale gas prices.

      Some of those at the meeting tonight had concerns about the bills, among them, Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes.

      "My concern is if you put a cap on the market and North Carolina and Georgia does not put a cap on the market that oil companies might say, 'Well, we're going to sell most of our oil in the other two states," Rhodes said.

      Both bills are currently in subcommittee. Elliott expects them to be voted on in this upcoming legislative season.