This Week in South Carolina

SC Senate Legislative Update April 17 - 21, 2017

By G. Jackson

The S.C. State House.

The Senate began debate on H. 3516, commonly called the roads bill, and adopted the Senate Finance Committee amendment. The committee amendment increases the motor fuel user fee two cents per year over six years. When fully implemented, the legislation is estimated to generate about $792 million for road repairs. The bulk of this week was spent allowing senators to prepare amendments and outline their individual visions for the roads bill.

USC Rhodes Scholar Recognized by Senate

By A. Crouch

SC State House

University of South Carolina senior Jory Fleming, a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, was recognized on the floor of the S.C. Senate this week. Jory is a double major in geography and marine science, with a minor in geophysics.

Former Sen. Fritz Hollings Statue Dedication Ceremony

By G. Jackson

Former Vice President Joe Biden.

On April 17, 2017, the statue dedication ceremony for former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) was held at the Waring Judicial Center Garden in Charleston, South Carolina.

View the full video of the ceremony or fast forward to the speakers, according to the following time marks:

SC House Legislative Update April 17, 2017

By G. Jackson

S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update
April 17, 2017
Vol. 34, No. 14

The House of Representatives and the Senate adopted the conference committee report on H.3726, the RETIREMENT SYSTEM FUNDING AND ADMINISTRATION ACT, and enrolled the legislation for ratification. This bill implements recommendations of the joint legislative committee formed to study the unfunded liability facing the state retirement systems and propose changes that could allow the state’s pensions to remain viable by continuing to deliver benefits to retirees without undermining the state’s finances.

Majority of South Carolinians Say Schools, State Services Haven't Kept Pace

By G. Jackson

South Carolina

Most South Carolinians believe that the number of state services, such as highway troopers, social workers and schools, have not kept pace with the growth of the state, according to a recent Winthrop University poll released Thursday.

Although 62 percent of poll respondents said the pace was lacking, the number was even more telling, since respondents named infrastructure and education as the top two problems facing the state.

SC Senate Legislative Update Senate April 3 - April 7, 2017

By G. Jackson

The S.C. Senate.

The Senate finalized its version of the budget on Thursday after a 44-0 vote, sending it back to the House of Representatives. The bill, H. 3720, is expected to head to a joint conference committee where legislators from the House and Senate will hammer out details.

Here are some highlights of the 2017-2018 appropriations bill approved by the Senate:

- $145 million set aside to help make the state’s retirement system healthier;

- $69 million in additional money for K-12 schools through the EFA;

State House Update: April 7, 2017

By G. Jackson

Weekly State House update

This Week in the South Carolina State House, senators approved the $8 billion budget, House members approved an open-carry gun bill, the pension reform bill heads to Gov. Henry McMaster, and crossover day has come and gone with 12 working days left in the legislative session.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., discusses Darlington Raceway

By G. Jackson

Gov. Henry McMaster with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., on April 4, 2017.

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., talks about the glory and challenges of Darlington Raceway at the Governor's Mansion on April 4, 2017. The promotional event comes months before the Sprint Cup Series race returns to the Track Too Tough to Tame this Labor Day weekend.

SC Senate Legislative Update March 27-31, 2017

By G. Jackson

The S.C. State House.

The Senate Finance Committee approved its version of the state budget on Tuesday after months of subcommittee budget hearings. Areas of interest in the approximately $8 billion budget include K-12 education funding, higher education funding, improving the health of the state’s pension system and cleanup costs for Hurricane Matthew. Copies of the Committee’s budget will be distributed to all Senate members in anticipation of debate on the floor on Tuesday.