This Week in South Carolina

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...

Lawmakers Move to Crack Down on Growing Opioid, Heroin Problem

February 22, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
House lawmakers discuss legislation dealing with opioid and heroin abuse

Several House Republicans filed a variety of bills Wednesday to stymie the growing opioid prescription drug abuse and heroin problem in South Carolina. The group said in a State House press conference that the 10 bills they filed would increase drug abuse prevention,...

President Donald Trump at Boeing South Carolina

February 20, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
President Donald Trump at Boeing South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON -- President Donald Trump called the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, produced at the North Charleston Boeing plant, an example of America producing more of its own products domestically and lessening its reliance on imports. "It has to be much easier to...

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Feb. 13-17, 2017

February 20, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
The S.C. State House

The Senate continued debate on S. 107, which establishes the procedure by which a person nominated as governor selects a lieutenant governor as a running mate on a joint ticket. The bill, which was set for special order on February 14, also deals with increasing campaign...

S.C. House Legislative Update Feb. 14, 2017

February 20, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson
Members in the S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update February 14, 2017 Vol. 34, No. 6 The House of Representatives amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3035, a bill revising eligibility criteria for IN-STATE HIGHER EDUCATION TUITION RATES FOR VETERANS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS. The legislation provides that...

SC House Remembers Rep. Joe Neal

February 15, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Aimee Crouch
SC State House

Rep. Joe Neal, of Richland County, passed away suddenly this week. Neal was a pastor and 24-year veteran of the S.C. House. Speaker Jay Lucas, along with House Majority Leader Gary Simrill and House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, paid tribute to Rep. Neal on the House...

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Feb. 6-10, 2017

February 13, 2017 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina
S.C. Sen. Luke Rankin at Sen. Hugh Leatherman's portrait unveiling.

The Senate moved a number of bills forward this week, including S. 6, which increases penalties for injuring or killing a dog or horse used by law enforcement. The bill is known as “Hyco’s Law,” named for an Anderson County K-9 officer killed in the line of duty in October...

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