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Gov. Henry McMaster

Dec 19, 2022

McMaster picks experienced friend to run inauguration 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is turning to an experienced friend to lead January’s inauguration ceremonies for his second term.  Bill Stern and his wife, Linda, will lead the Inaugural Committee planning the events, including McMaster taking the oath of office on the Statehouse steps on Jan. 11, inaugural spokesperson Rob […]

Dec 14, 2022

McMaster looks to ban social media platform 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster recently took action to block access to the social media platform TikTok from all state government electronic devices managed by the South Carolina Department of Administration.  The governor made the request in a letter to South Carolina Department of Administration Executive Director Marcia Adams, according to a news release from […]

Nov 8, 2022

SC Gov. McMaster seeks reelection, bidding to make history

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is facing voters one last time in his four-decade political career, asking them to help make him the longest-serving governor the state has ever had. McMaster is running against Democrat Joe Cunningham, who has repeatedly highlighted the 35-year age gap with his opponent — and how […]

Feb 23, 2022

McMaster names attorney to lead juvenile justice agency

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said Tuesday that he is appointing an attorney who has temporarily steered the state’s struggling Department of Juvenile Justice to be the agency’s next permanent leader. Richland County attorney Eden Hendrick has helmed the agency since September, following the departure of former executive director Freddie Pough, who […]

Jan 14, 2022

McMaster names lawyer to chair South Carolina’s health board

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday named a Columbia-area attorney to become the next chair of the state’s health board. The governor has nominated Robert Bolchoz to the board of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, his office said in a news release. Bolchoz would succeed outgoing chair Mark […]

Feb 17, 2021

South Carolina vaccine relief bill headed to McMaster’s desk

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers agreed Tuesday to spend up to $208 million to bolster coronavirus vaccination efforts across the state. The House approved a plan to put the money toward the costs of administering vaccines and testing, personal protective equipment and other expenses associated with the vaccine rollout. The relief proposal would also […]

Dec 10, 2020

Court again nixes SC gov’s private school pandemic aid plan

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s highest court again rejected Gov. Henry McMaster’s plan to use $32 million in federal coronavirus relief to provide tuition grants for private schools, ruling Wednesday that spending public money this way is unconstitutional. The unanimous decision by the state Supreme Court says the governor’s decision to use money from […]

Dec 2, 2020

South Carolina governor called for jury duty

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster reported for jury duty Monday, declining a chance to be excused because of his age and position. The State reported that McMaster, 73, was simply known as Juror 312 during the screening process where potential jurors answered questions. “It’s your duty to serve on the jury, […]

Jul 23, 2020

Judge blocks McMaster’s $32 million plan for private schools

By MICHELLE LIU AP/Report for America COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina state judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a plan announced by Gov. Henry McMaster earlier this week to direct $32 million in pandemic relief funds for tuition grants at private schools across the state. The restraining order issued by Orangeburg County Circuit Court […]

Jan 24, 2020

SC lawmakers reopen regulator race after 11 aren’t qualified

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are reopening the search for candidates for four regulator seats on the state’s utility board after the initial search only turned up six qualified candidates. The Legislature’s Public Utilities Review Committee held hearings earlier this month to review the qualifications of 17 candidates for the state Public Service […]

Aug 8, 2018

SC Senate sues governor over Santee Cooper chairman

COLUMBIA (AP) The South Carolina Senate is suing the governor over who runs the state-owned utility. The Senate is trying to stop former state Attorney General Charles Condon from taking over as Santee Cooper board chairman because it didn’t vote on the appointment during this year’s session. Gov. Henry McMaster picked Condon in December. Senators […]

Jul 30, 2018

Planned Parenthood sues over Medicaid abortion order

COLUMBIA (AP) Planned Parenthood says it is suing to try to get a judge to overturn South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s order that it couldn’t provide services under the state Medicaid health plan. Planned Parenthood says that decision means thousands of poor women on Medicaid won’t be able to get pelvic exams, birth control or […]

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