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S.C. Senate Legislative Update Jan. 24, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

South Carolina. Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant in the Senate on Jan. 25, 2017.

This week in the Senate Jan. 23 - Jan. 27, 2017

The Senate returned to regular statewide session this week after spending the previous week working at the committee level to move bills to the floor for debate. Former Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster became South Carolina’s governor this week following the resignation of former Governor Nikki Haley, who received confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

S.C. House Legislative Update Jan. 24, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina State House

Legislative Update
January 24, 2017
Vol. 34, No. 3

During the initial days of the session, committees of the House of Representatives began their work on legislation to report out for consideration by the full House.

Gov. Henry McMaster's Swearing-In Ceremony

By Gavin Jackson

Gov. Henry McMaster taking the oath of office.

Henry McMaster was sworn-in as the 117th Governor of South Carolina in a ceremony held at the State House on Tuesday.

McMaster replaced Gov. Nikki Haley after the U.S. Senate confirmed her, 96-4, to be President Donald Trump's Ambassador to the United Nations moments earlier. 

McMaster has served as Haley's Lieutenant Governor in her second and final term since 2014. 

State House Power Moves

By Gavin Jackson

The 2017 S.C. Senate

A day after Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster replaced outgoing Gov. Nikki Haley, Senators elected Sen. Kevin Bryant as McMaster's successor. Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, successfully retained his position shortly after Bryant was elected by the Senate on Wednesday.

Senate Democrats and 10 Republicans, including Leatherman, helped keep him in the powerful position by a vote of 28-16 over the only other candidate, Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney.

S.C. House Legislative Update Jan. 17, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update
January 17, 2017
Vol. 34, No. 2

HOUSE WEEK IN REVIEW

On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, lawmakers gathered in Columbia to commence the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives and the Senate sat in joint assembly to receive the Governor’s annual State of the State Address. During the week, committees began their work on legislation to report out for consideration by the full House.

2017 Legislative Preview

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina Statehouse

The legislative session was in full gear this week in Columbia, while Gov. Nikki Haley was before a U.S. Senate committee for her hearing to become the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Haley was before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday where she presented her foreign policy stances, many of which clashed with President Donald Trump’s positions.

"I do anticipate that he will listen to all of us and see it the way we see it,” Haley said about her future, working with Trump.

People's Rally in SC State Capital: #WhyWeMarch

By Kaitlyn Park

people rally at the South Carolina state house

Women, men and children of all ages gathered on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, for a People's Rally and Strategy Summit at the South Carolina State House. The rally was planned as a sister event for the Women's March on Washington, D.C. Attendees marched to Columbia's Music Farm where activists and community leaders gathered together to speak about the current political climate and what it means for the progressive movement in South Carolina.

USC Students Involved in New Public Affairs Program

By Aimee Crouch

Students learning camera

By Megan Sexton, USC

As a senior broadcast journalism major, Danielle Barilla says each of her internships has offered her new experiences and different challenges. This week, she starts a new job, helping to put together a weekly public affairs program produced by South Carolina ETV.

South Carolina Uses Telehealth To Fill Healthcare Gaps

By Taylor Crouch

Provider demonstrates how she uses a telehealth cart.

In 2013, the South Carolina Legislature provided funds to expand healthcare services through Telehealth. The funding ultimately formed the South Carolina Telehealth Alliance. Several agencies form the Alliance, and among the agencies is the Department of Health and Human Services. They provide funds and oversight each year, in order to increase access to care for all residents.

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