State House Daybook: Feb. 20, 2019


State House Daybook provides you with the information you need to navigate the South Carolina General Assembly during the legislative session. Each edition provides a snapshot of the legislative day with meeting schedules, agendas, news and other resources in one place.

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The Senate gavels in at 2:00 p.m. Watch live hereCalendarJournal.


The House gavels in at 10:00 a.m. Watch live here.  Calendar.  Journal


Combined meeting schedule

9:00 a.m., Senate Education Subcommittee on S.419, Gressette Room 308, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

9:00 a.m., Joint Bond Review Committee, Gressette Room 105, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

9:00 a.m., House EPW Higher Education Subcommittee on H.3936, Blatt Room 433, Agenda Available

9:00 a.m., House Judiciary Criminal Laws Subcommittee on H.3322H.3459H.3463H.3465H.3468 and H.3601, Blatt Room 516, Agenda Available

9:00 a.m., House Public Utilities Subcommittee of the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee on H.3586, Blatt Room 403, Agenda Available

CANCELED 9:00 a.m., House 3-M Subcommittee IV, Social Services, Mental Health and Children's Affairs, Blatt Room 427, Agenda Available

9:30 a.m., SenateTransportation Subcommittee, Gressette Room 207, Agenda Available

10:00 a.m., Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee on S.132 and S.303, Gressette Room 407, Agenda Available

10:00 a.m., Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee, Gressette Room 209, Agenda Available

10:00 a.m., House of Representatives, State House, House Chamber, Live Broadcast

11:00 a.m., Senate Transportation Committee, Gressette Room 207, Agenda Available

12:00 p.m., Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Environmental Subcommittee on S.369S.370S.371H.3698 and H.3700, Gressette Room 209, Agenda Available

12:30 p.m., Senate Education Subcommittee on S.203, Gressette Room 207, Agenda Available

12:30 p.m., Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on S.110 and S.332, 105 Gressette, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

2:00 p.m., Senate, State House, Senate Chamber, Live Broadcast

Upon adjournment of the House, Judiciary Special Laws Subcommittee on H.3203H.3237 and H.3243, Blatt Room 516, Agenda Available

1 hour after the House adjourns, Business and Commerce Subcommittee of the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee on H.3263H.3467 and H.3722, Blatt Room 403, Agenda Available

1 hour after the House adjourns, E.P.W. K-12 Subcommittee on H.3759, Blatt Room 110, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast



11:30 a.m., Governor Henry McMaster will hold a press conference with S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, Senate Education Committee Chairman Greg Hembree, and S.C. Superintendent Molly Spearman to discuss ongoing education reform efforts

12:00 p.m. Gov. McMaster will speak at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Travel’s Awards Luncheon, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1100 Lincoln Street, Columbia, S.C.



Case No: 2016-002542
Hearing Time: 09:30 a.m.
Location: Supreme Court Courtroom
Time Limits: 15-15-5
Case Title: Coves Darden, LLC, Petitioner, v. Francisco Jose Garcia Ibañez, Dori Derr, and Half Moon Stables, LLC, Respondents.
Attorneys: M. Baron Stanton, of Stanton Law Offices, PA, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Thomas Roy Young, Jr., of the Law Offices of Tom Young, Jr., PC, of Aiken, for Respondents.
Summary: The Court granted Petitioner a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in Coves Darden, LLC v. Ibañez, Op. No. 2016-UP-402 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Aug. 17, 2016), in which the court of appeals affirmed the trial court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Respondents as to all of Petitioner's claims.

Case No: 2017-001898
Hearing Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Supreme Court Courtroom
Time Limits: 15-15-5
Case Title: Anderson County, Petitioner-Respondent, v. Joey Preston and the South Carolina Retirement System, Defendants, Of whom Joey Preston is the Respondent-Petitioner and the South Carolina Retirement System is Respondent.
Attorneys: James Theodore Gentry and Wade Stackhouse Kolb III, both Wyche Law Firm, of Greenville, and Alice Witherspoon Parham Casey, of Wyche Law Firm, of Columbia, all for Petitioner-Respondent. Lane Whittaker Davis, of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, of Greenville; and Candy M. Kern-Fuller, of Upstate Law Group, LLC, of Easley, both for Respondent-Petitioner. Justin Richard Werner, of SC Public Benefit Authority, of Columbia, for Respondent.
Summary: This case arises out of Anderson County Council's approval of a severance agreement (the Severance Agreement) for outgoing county administrator Joey Preston. Anderson County (the County) initiated the instant lawsuit against Preston seeking rescission of the Severance Agreement. After a non-jury trial, the circuit court entered judgment in favor of Preston on all causes of action as well as his counterclaim against the County. The County appealed, and the Court of Appeals, in determining that the Severance Agreement was void, affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for further proceedings. Anderson Cnty. v. Preston, 420 S.C. 546, 804 S.E.2d 282 (Ct. App. 2017). This Court granted the parties' cross petitions for writs of certiorari to review the decision of the Court of Appeals.

Case No: 2017-001928
Hearing Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Supreme Court Courtroom
Time Limits: 10-10-5
Case Title: The State, Respondent, v. Dean Nelson Seagers, Petitioner.
Attorneys: Tara Dawn Shurling, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson, Assistant Attorney General Joshua Abraham Edwards, both of Columbia and Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson, of Charleston, for Respondent.
Summary: Petitioner Dean Seagers was found guilty of Distribution of Cocaine Base. On direct appeal, the Court granted certiorari to determine whether the trial court erred in charging the jury the law of accomplice liability.



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McMaster backs elevating Veterans Affairs to SC Cabinet-level agency The Post and Courier



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