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Aug 16, 2018

Fall trial set for ex-SC lawmaker charged in corruption case

COLUMBIA (AP) The former chairman of one of South Carolina’s most powerful legislative committees is set to go on trial later this year on charges that are part of a wide-ranging, ongoing probe into Statehouse corruption. A judge on Aug. 15 set a trial date of October 22 for former House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim […]

Jun 29, 2018

Lawmakers send SC $8 billion budget to governor

(AP) South Carolina lawmakers have sent the state’s $8 billion spending plan to Gov. Henry McMaster, but not before a squabble over abortion. The Senate approved the budget on a 30-9 vote, and three hours later June 28, the House approved the spending plan on an 84-28 vote. Many of the no votes came from […]

Jun 28, 2018

Electric rates may be cut after failed nuclear plants

COLUMBIA (AP) Customers of South Carolina Electric & Gas could see their rates temporarily cut by nearly 15 percent, under a compromise plan passed June 27 by lawmakers after the company spent billions on two failed nuclear plants that never produced power. The bill passed with enough margin to overcome a promised veto from Gov. Henry […]

Jun 28, 2018

House overrides veto of criminal record erasing bill

COLUMBIA (AP) A bill that expands the number of crimes that can be erased from criminal records in South Carolina is one step away from being law. The House overrode Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto of the bill June 27 with only one vote supporting the governor. The veto now goes to the Senate where a two-thirds […]

Jun 19, 2018

SC Senate, House leaders still apart on $8B budget

COLUMBIA (AP) Members of a committee trying to hash out the difference between the proposed South Carolina budget passed by the House and Senate have made little progress. The conference committee discussing the $8 billion state budget met for the first time June 18, but immediately noted an impasse on how to spend $67 million […]

May 24, 2018

SC lawmakers can’t agree on latest rate cut plan

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina lawmakers met again almost two weeks after the General Assembly adjourned its regular session, but still could not reach a compromise on bills about the failed nuclear reactor project in the state and cutting power rates. A conference committee of House members and senators met May 23 for a third time, focusing […]

May 18, 2018

South Carolina lawmakers postpone budget talks

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina lawmakers say they need more time to figure out the state’s $8 billion spending plan for the new fiscal year starting July 1. In a joint statement released May 16, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman of Florence and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian White of Anderson said they will […]

May 11, 2018

SC General Assembly adjourns with unfinished business

COLUMBIA (AP) The South Carolina legislative session is over, but lawmakers still have work to do. Over the final two days of the session, the General Assembly passed dozens of bills that included banning drones from flying near prisons, increasing penalties for human trafficking and allowing school districts to count marching band as a physical […]

Apr 13, 2018

South Carolina Senate approves state’s $8 billion budget

COLUMBIA (AP) The South Carolina Senate has passed the state’s $8 billion budget for next fiscal year. Senators voted 37-4 on Thursday to approve the spending plan. The bill will likely go to a committee of House and Senate members to work out the differences between the chambers unless the House agrees with the Senate’s proposal. […]

Apr 11, 2018

Time runs out for many bills in South Carolina legislature

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Time ran out April 10 for new potential laws in South Carolina as a key crossover deadline passed, likely dooming bills that would increase penalties for texting while driving, extend time for gun background checks and allow for medical marijuana use. Bills that don’t pass either the House or Senate before […]

Apr 4, 2018

South Carolina House passes bill to study Santee Cooper sale

COLUMBIA (AP) The South Carolina House passed another bill dealing with the failed construction of two nuclear plants, this time creating a committee to study the possible sale of state-owned utility Santee Cooper. The proposal, approved on a 104-7 vote, also lets the governor fire the board that runs Santee Cooper, allowing members to remain until replacements […]

Apr 4, 2018

South Carolina representative introduces redistricting bills

COLUMBIA (AP) A South Carolina state representative introduced two bills that would place redistricting power in the hands of voters instead of politicians, a proposal that has had little movement in the past. “We need to change this system of politicians picking voters and get back to voters picking the politicians,” said bill sponsor Rep. […]

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