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State House Update: Opioid Bills Progress, Roads Bill Stalls, Open Carry Bill Advances

March 24, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
S.C. State House update

This week in the South Carolina State House, several bills tackling the growing opioid overdose problem advanced in both the House and Senate, a bill to allow people to openly carry a handgun hit the House floor after receiving no testimony, the ongoing State House...

SC Senate Legislative Update March 13 - 17, 2017

March 20, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The South Carolina State House

The Senate this week set the stage for debate in the coming weeks on two significant pieces of legislation, a bill addressing the state’s infrastructure system and the state’s general appropriations bill. The Senate Finance Committee voted to give a favorable report to H...

S.C. House Legislative Update March 13, 2017

March 20, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update March 13, 2017 Vol. 34, No. 10 The House of Representatives amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3247, a bill making comprehensive statutory revisions regarding MOPEDS. The legislation establishes new requirements for registering and licensing mopeds...

State House Update: Sen. Courson Indicted, Budget Passes House, Senate Sends Roads Bill to the Floor

March 17, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
South Carolina State House update

This week at the South Carolina State House lawmakers gave key approval to the state's budget, an infrastructure spending plan, and one lawmaker faced three charges stemming from an ongoing corruption probe aimed at the General Assembly. - House lawmakers approved the $8...

SC Senate Update March 6 - March 10, 2017

March 13, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. Senate

The Senate this week approved third reading of H. 3726, a bill that aims to make the state’s pension system more financially sound. The House version of the bill was moved forward after the Senate adopted all amendments from a companion bill, S. 394. The goal of the...

SC House Legislative Update March 7, 2017

March 13, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update March 7, 2017 Vol. 34, No. 9 Legislative Update, March 7, 2017 HOUSE WEEK IN REVIEW The House of Representatives amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3516, a bill revising INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING AND GOVERNANCE as a means of providing reliable sources...

SC House Passes Anti-Semitism Bill

March 9, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach, discusses his anti-Semitism bill on the floor of the S.C. House on March 9, 2017.

South Carolina representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that would combat a rising tide of anti-Semitism on college campuses across the country. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach, said South Carolina college campuses have not seen an...

SC Senators Push Tighter Gun Reforms

March 8, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina
Sens. Marlon Kimpson, Greg Hembree and Greg Gregory on March 8, 2017.

A bipartisan group of South Carolina senators filed two bills Wednesday to reform gun purchase background checks and penalties on prohibited people from buying guns. Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, along with Republican Sens. Greg Gregory, of Lancaster, and Greg Hembree...

SC Senate Update Feb. 27 - March 3, 2017

March 6, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. Senate

The Senate on Thursday approved third reading of S. 394, which aims to make the state’s pension system more financially sound. The bill now heads to the House. The legislation is a companion bill to H. 3726, which was read the third time by the House on Wednesday. The...

SC House Legislative Update Feb. 28, 2017

March 6, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update February 28, 2017 Vol. 34, No. 8 The House of Representatives approved and sent the Senate H.3146, a joint resolution for a PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION THAT THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, upon...

House Gives Key Approval to Roads Bill

March 2, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. House of Representatives

The S.C. House gave key approval to a bill that would raise about $600 million annually to fix deteriorating roads across the state. The bill will soon reach the Senate where debate is expected to again focus on the 10-cent per gallon gas tax increase and the need for more...

General Assembly Honors Clemson Football

February 28, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Aimee Crouch
Dabo Swinney

Today, the S.C. House and Senate held a Joint Assembly to honor the National Football Champions, the Clemson Tigers. Coach Dabo Swinney spoke to the legislature about their winning season.

SC Senate Legislative Update Feb. 20-24, 2017

February 27, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Sen. Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, in the S.C. Senate.

The Senate voted Thursday to set S. 394 for special order, giving it priority status on the calendar. The legislation, which is a companion bill to H. 3726, aims to make the state retirement system more financially sound in the long-term. The bills reduce the unfunded...

SC House Legislative Update Feb. 21, 2017

February 27, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update February 21, 2017 Vol. 34, No. 7​ The House of Representatives amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3429, a bill providing for ADDITIONAL EXEMPTIONS IN BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS. The legislation allows a surviving spouse, who has not remarried, to claim...

Winthrop Poll Finds SC Divided on Trump, Race

February 23, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Racial discrimination, however, remains increasingly prevalent according to the new Winthrop Poll.

South Carolinians are divided over President Donald Trump’s ability to lead the country, according to a Winthrop Poll released Thursday. Trump’s presidency is nary a month old, but already 47 percent of citizens disapprove of his handling of the job, while 44 percent say he...

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