State House Daybook: March 26, 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., Joint Consumer Affairs Commission Screening Committee, Gressette 207, Agenda Available

10:00 a.m., SC Legislative Black Caucus, Blatt 427

10:00 a.m., Senate Finance Constitutional Subcommittee, Gressette Room 307, Agenda Available

10:00 a.m., House Executive Subcommittee of the Legislative Oversight Committee, Blatt Room 321, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

11:00 a.m., House Ways and Means General Government Legislative Subcommittee on H.3620, Blatt Room 108, Agenda Available

11:00 a.m., House Ways and Means Revenue Policy Subcommittee on S.214 and H.4287, Blatt Room 521, Agenda Available

11:00 a.m., House L.C.I. Committee, Blatt Room 403, Agenda Available

11:00 a.m., Senate Finance Higher Education Subcommittee Budget Hearings, Gressette Room 207, Agenda Available

11:00 a.m., Senate Finance Natural Resources and Economic Development Subcommittee, Gressette Room 408, Agenda Available

11:00 a.m., Senate Finance Health and Human Services Subcommittee, Gressette Room 407, Agenda Available

11:00 a.m., Senate Judiciary Committee, Gressette Room 308, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

11:00 a.m., Senate Finance K-12 Subcommittee, Gressette Room 105, Agenda Available

12:00 p.m., House of Representatives, State House, House Chamber, Live Broadcast

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

30 Minutes After Adjournment of the Senate, Family and Veterans Services - Early Childhood Subcommittee on S.291 and S.680, 308 Gressette, Agenda Available

2:30 pm or 1.5 hours after the House adjourns, whichever is later, 3-M Subcommittee IV, Social Services, Mental Health and Children's Affairs, Blatt Room 427, Agenda Available

1 hour after the House adjourns, E.P.W. Transportation Subcommittee on H.3656H.3945 and H.4053, Blatt Room 427, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

1 hour after the House adjourns, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee, Blatt Room 410, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

1.5 hours after adjournment of the House, Ways and Means Committee, Blatt Room 521, Agenda Available

2:30 p.m. or 1.5 hours after the House adjourns, Judiciary Committee, Blatt Room 516, Agenda Available

Upon adjournment of the Senate, Select Committee on Santee Cooper, Gressette Room 105, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

3:00 p.m. or 30 minutes after adjournment, whichever is later, House EPW Higher Education Subcommittee, Blatt Room 433, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast



Case No: 2018-000076
Hearing Time: 09:30 a.m.
Location: Supreme Court Courtroom
Time Limits: 15-15-5
Case Title: Johnny Tucker, Employee, Respondent, v. SC Department of Transportation, Employer, and State Accident Fund, Carrier, Petitioners.
Attorneys: David H. Keller and Evelyn A. Norton, both of Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A., of Greenville, for Petitioners. Preston F. McDaniel, of McDaniel Law Firm, of Columbia and Gerald Malloy of Malloy Law Firm, of Hartsville, for Respondent.
Summary: We granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' opinion. Tucker v. SC Dep't of Transportation, Op. No. 2017-UP-379 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Oct. 18, 2017)

Case No: 2017-002206
Hearing Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Supreme Court Courtroom
Time Limits: 15-15-5
Case Title: The State, Respondent, v. Mario Valerio Gonzalez Hernandez, Petitioner.
Attorneys: Graham R. Billings and Blake T. Williams, both of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, of Columbia, and Chief Appellate Defender Robert Michael Dudek, of Columbia, all for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson and Assistant Attorney General Mark R. Farthing, both of Columbia; and Solicitor David Matthew Stumbo, of Greenwood, all for Respondent.
Summary: Mario Valerio Gonzalez Hernandez was convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. The court of appeals affirmed. State v. Hernandez, Op. No. 2017-UP-324 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Aug. 2, 2017). The Court granted certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision. Hernandez argues the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court's decision to admit: (1) expert testimony regarding DNA evidence and (2) an investigator's testimony regarding what an interpreter said Hernandez told him in Spanish.

Case No: 2018-000994
Hearing Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Supreme Court Courtroom
Time Limits: 15-15-5
Case Title: The State, Respondent, v. Gerald Rudell Williams, Petitioner.
Attorneys: Appellate Defender David Alexander, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan Wilson and Assistant Attorney General William F. Schumacher, IV, both of Columbia and Solicitor S. R. Hubbard, III, of Lexington, for Respondent.
Summary: The Court issued a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision in State v. Williams, 422 S.C. 525, 812 S.E.2d 917 (2018).


South Carolina Lede

Episodes of This Week In South Carolina 

Legislative Update

How the Mueller report is already being used as political ammo in South Carolina The Post and Courier

SC House readies for quick action on Santee Cooper AP

Dems give vulnerable Joe Cunningham a gift: A chance to deliver a top campaign pledge The State

Graham and SC Republicans cheer news of Trump avoiding collusion, obstruction charges The Post and Courier

'Attach your teeth to Sen. Graham's keister': Gun-rights group targets Lindsey Graham The Greenville News

Booker to Give Commencement at Historically Black University AP

Amid high bike, pedestrian fatalities, SC Legislature to review ‘complete streets’ bill The Post and Courier 

Clyburn wants to see entire Mueller report before clearing Trump The State

Outdated paper sentencing records are ‘ripe for error.’ SC is one of few using them The State

South Carolina's jobless rate unchanged for 8th month AP

Trump’s border wall could cost SC $300 million in military funding. Here’s what’s at risk. The Post and Courier

At 2nd March for Our Lives rally in North Charleston, students again push for gun control The Post and Courier

Are the South and the U.S. ready for a gay president? Pete Buttigieg visits as he explores The Greenville News

In SC stop, 2020 Democrat Beto O’Rourke confronts challenge of courting black voters The State

Survey: SC Democratic Party county chairs say early interest on Cory Booker, Kamala Harris The Post and Courier

Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg came to Rock Hill. Here’s who he is, and what he said The Herald

South Carolina’s bad drinking water catches attention of presidential candidates The State 

Pete Buttigieg tells SC voters 2020 presidential race is about justice The Post and Courier 

O’Rourke tackles racial issues in first South Carolina visit AP

‘A bit of a rockstar:’ Beto O’Rourke draws crowds in first 2020 presidential visit to SC The Post and Courier

Despite calling QAnon ‘legit,’ SC lawmaker says she no longer believes conspiracy theory The Post and Courier

SC politicians want to give every taxpayer a $50 check. Is it worth it? The State

‘The pros outweigh the cons’: Why the SC governor’s office is spending $180K on DC office The State

Energy Secretary Rick Perry talks SRS, pit production following Plant Vogtle event Aiken Standard

Poll: Climate change denial drops in SC, but residents more polarized over the cause The State

SC House to quickly consider Santee Cooper sale bill AP



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