USC Women's Basketball Team Honored at State House

By Gavin Jackson

USC head coach Dawn Staley

The 2017 national championship-winning University of South Carolina women's basketball team, along with head coach Dawn Staley, were honored at the State House on April 25, 2017.

The ceremony in the State House culminates nearly a month of festivities honoring the Gamecocks for defeating Mississippi State 67-55 for their first-ever national championship. Days after winning the title on April 2, the women's basketball team was honored with a parade in downtown Columbia.

S.C. Forestry Commission Celebrates Nine Decades

By Aimee Crouch

Forestry Commission Celebration

The SC Forestry Commission celebrated its 90th anniversary with a tree planting ceremony at the State House and announced the economic impact of the state's forestry industry. A Clemson University study found that the industry has a $21 billion impact on the state's economy and is number one in the manufacturing sector, in terms of jobs and labor income. The industry employs over 84,000 people. Other highlights of the study include:

- Forestry represents the number 1 harvested crop in the state.

SC Senate Legislative Update April 17 - 21, 2017

By Gavin 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.

Former Sen. Fritz Hollings Statue Dedication Ceremony

By Gavin 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 Gavin 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 Gavin 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 Gavin 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 Gavin 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.