SC Senators Push Tighter Gun Reforms

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, of North Myrtle Beach, want background-check waiting periods extended from three days to five days while the state improves its reporting process to the federal government. The aim is to close the Charleston loophole in the system that let Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooter Dylann Roof purchase a gun.

SC Senate Update Feb. 27 - March 3, 2017

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 Senate’s version was approved unanimously on a 41-0 vote. The goal of the bill is to make the retirement system solvent and make sure the benefits promised to state employees are provided.

The Senate is expected to address the House version this upcoming week.

Bills approved by the Senate this week include:

House Gives Key Approval to Roads Bill

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 reform to the S.C. Department of Transportation.

General Assembly Honors Clemson Football

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

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 amortization schedule from 30 years to 20 and change the assumed annual rate of return from investments from 7.5 percent to 7.25 percent. The bill is expected to receive significant attention this week.

Bills approved by the Senate this week include:

Winthrop Poll Finds SC Divided on Trump, Race

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’s doing a good job.

His approval rating from South Carolinians is slightly better than national poll numbers from CBS News and Gallup that put him at 39 percent and 43 percent, respectively.

Lawmakers Move to Crack Down on Growing Opioid, Heroin Problem

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, require prescribers to participate in the state's drug monitoring program and provide immunity for drug users who call for help if a fellow user is overdosing--a condition is reversible with treatment.

President Donald Trump at Boeing 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 manufacture in our country and much harder to leave," Trump said. "Our goal as a nation must be to rely less on imports and more on products made here in the U.S.A. Right here in the U.S.A."