ETV’s Public Affairs Team is dedicated to covering the state legislature, providing the public with key information, live as it happens. State House Today, ETV’s flagship legislative program, carries live coverage of the House and Senate on ETV World as long as legislators are in Session.
From live web streaming to half-hour public affairs programs, Public Affairs supports and reports on important legislative issues. ETV staff manages the state house TV system and, in partnership with Legislative Services Agency (LSA), manages the streaming of select House and Senate committees. The Senate Gressette Office Building has two committee rooms wired for HD web streaming. The House Blatt Office Building has 12 rooms set up for live HD web streaming. The Public Affairs team also live streams the State Fiscal Accountability Authority monthly meetings, the SC Retirement System Investment Commission and the SC Supreme Court Oral Arguments.
Palmetto Scene is ETV’s weekly magazine style public affairs program. Palmetto Scene focuses on people, places and things that make South Carolina special. During the legislative session Palmetto Scene looks in-depth at issues and legislation impacting all of us in South Carolina. The Palmetto Scene website also features current business, economic, and educational issues.
This Week In South Carolina is ETV’s weekly public affairs program, hosted by USC’s Charles Bierbauer. Dean Bierbauer conducts interviews with the newsmakers of the week, including the latest in legislative issues. This half-hour program allows law makers to go beyond the “sound bite” and explain in detail legislation important to us all.
In election years, ETV Public Affairs produces debates for state-wide and national office. Public Affairs also broadcasts the Governor’s State of the State address. Each year, the governor addresses the joint assembly to give an overview to the body of issues important to the governor’s office and to the state. Legislators are given a chance to respond to the governor's speech.
All this adds up to a busy season for Public Affairs. You can follow legislative issues by going to our news page.