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State House Daybook: Jan. 30, 2019

January 30, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Gavin Jackson

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

8:50 a.m., Senate Finance Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Gressette Room 407, Agenda Available

9:00 a.m., Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on S.386, Gressette Room 105, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

9:00 a.m., House Health and Healthcare Industries Subcommittee of the Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee, Blatt Room 317, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

9:00 a.m., House Ways and Means Transportation and Regulatory Subcommittee, Blatt Room 318, Agenda Available

9:00 a.m., House EPW Higher Education Subcommittee on H.3398 and H.3639, Blatt Room 433, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

9:00 a.m., House Judiciary Special Laws Subcommittee on H.3079H.3180 and H.3203, Blatt Room 516, Agenda Available

10:00 a.m., Senate Higher Education Opportunity Act Subcommittee on S.298, Gressette Room 207, Agenda Available

10:00 a.m., Senate Banking and Insurance Subcommittee on S.359, Gressette Room 308, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

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

11:00 a.m., Senate Corrections and Penology Subcommittee, Gressette Room 307, Agenda Available

11:00 a.m., Senate Education Subcommittee on S.203, Gressette Room 209, Agenda Available

1:00 p.m., Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Subcommittee, Gressette Room 307, Agenda Available

1:00 p.m., Senate Education Subcommittee on S.263 and H.3697, Gressette Room 207, Agenda Available

1:00 p.m., Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on S.79 and S.279Gressette Room 105, Agenda Available, Live Broadcast

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

Immediately upon the adjournment of the House, Ways and Means Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Blatt Room 305, Agenda Available

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

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

1.5 hours after the House adjourns, Ways and Means Healthcare Subcommittee, Blatt Room 108, Agenda Available

1.5 hours after the House adjourns or upon the Call of the Chair, Ways and Means Public Education and Special Schools Subcommittee, Blatt Room 521, Agenda Available

1.5 hours after the House adjourns, Ways and Means Constitutional Subcommittee, Blatt Room 511, Agenda Available

2:00 p.m., House Ways and Means Economic Development and Natural Resources Subcommittee, Blatt Room 317, Agenda Available



12:30 p.m., Lt. Gov. Evette will speak at Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Delta Day luncheon, Palmetto Club, Columbia, S.C.



Case No: 2017-001933
Hearing Time: 09:30 a.m.
Location: Supreme Court Courtroom
Time Limits: 10-10-5
Case Title: The State, Petitioner, v. Eric Terrell Spears, Respondent.
Attorneys: Attorney General Alan Wilson, Senior Assistant Attorney General David Spencer and Interim Solicitor Heather S. Weiss, all of Columbia, for Petitioner. Appellate Defender LaNelle Cantey Durant, of Columbia, for Respondent.
Summary: Eric Terrell Spears was convicted of trafficking crack cocaine between ten and twenty-eight grams. The court of appeals reversed, finding the trial court improperly denied Spears' motion to suppress the drug evidence. State v. Spears, 420 S.C. 363, 802 S.E.2d 803 (Ct. App. 2017). We granted the State's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the court of appeals' decision.

Case No: 2017-001362
Hearing Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Supreme Court Courtroom
Time Limits: 10-10-5
Case Title: In the Matter of the Care and Treatment of Calvin Joe Miller, Petitioner.
Attorneys: Chief Deputy Appellate Defender Wanda H. Carter, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson and Senior Assistant Deputy Attorney General Deborah R.J. Shupe, both of Columbia, for Respondent.
Summary: The Court granted certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in In re the Care and Treatment of Miller, Op. No. 2017-UP-137 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Apr. 5, 2017), in which the Court of Appeals affirmed Petitioner's commitment under the South Carolina Sexually Violent Predator Act. Petitioner asserts the Court of Appeals erred because the trial court improperly admitted testimony regarding Petitioner's prior charges and convictions for non-sexual conduct.

Case No: 2017-001404
Hearing Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Supreme Court Courtroom
Time Limits: 10-10-5
Case Title: William McFarland and Jennifer McFarland, Petitioners, v. Mansour Rashtchian and Amy Rashtchian, Respondents.
Attorneys: Stephen L. Brown and Russell G. Hines, both of Young Clement Rivers, LLP, of Charleston, for Petitioners. David C. Cleveland and Michael L. Leech, both of Clawson and Staubes, LLC, of Charleston, for Respondents.
Summary: The issue in this defamation action is whether the court of appeals erred in affirming the trial court's decision to charge self-defense; specifically, the petitioners assert that self-defense is not an absolute defense to slander per se, that provocation is distinct from self-defense, and that provocation deals with mitigation, rather than liability.



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