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Mar 19, 2019

Bill aims to track abuse of vulnerable adults

  At the 1977 dedication of a building bearing his name in Washington, D.C., former vice president Hubert Humphrey said: “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the […]

Jun 5, 2018

SC governor signs 9 opioid related bills into law

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed nine opioid-related bills in an effort to address the ongoing health crisis in the state. The signing June 4 came at an addiction treatment and rehabilitation center in Greenville. McMaster declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency last year and signed two executive orders that required health officials […]

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 […]

May 2, 2018

Lawmakers restore vision screenings for license renewals

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina lawmakers have passed legislation restoring mandatory vision screenings for drivers who renew their licenses. The House voted 99-8 Tuesday to concur with a Senate amendment that would apply the new vision test. The bill, introduced in the House in January, is headed to Gov. Henry McMaster for his signature. Drivers can […]

Apr 25, 2018

Lawmakers say pharmacists need a break during long shifts

COLUMBIA (AP) A bill requiring pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in South Carolina not providing critical care in hospitals to take a 30-minute break during a 12-hour shift has passed a House committee. Pharmacists testified earlier that they are often fatigued from working long hours and that could lead to errors that may impact patient health […]

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 10, 2018

Possible farm water use regulations drying up

A South Carolina House panel voted March 21 against expanding the regulation of agricultural water use in the state. The bill, proposed by Reps. James Smith, D-Richland, and Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, failed to pass the House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs. Had it progressed through the legislature and become law, the bill […]

Mar 23, 2018

Bill in Legislature would pay exonerees

According to the National Registry of Exonerations, seven of the 2,138 listed exonerees are from South Carolina. State lawmakers are looking to make South Carolina the 33rd state that compensates those who have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. The federal government and the District of Columbia also have statutes in place. House Bill 4838 was […]

Feb 28, 2018

Faith, public safety leaders back Dylann Roof loophole bill

COLUMBIA (AP) Members of faith and law enforcement communities are voicing support for a bipartisan bill that would make it tougher for someone like Dylann Roof to buy a gun in South Carolina. Emanuel AME Church pastor Eric Manning told lawmakers Feb. 27 he supports the measure to extend background checks from three days to five. […]

Feb 21, 2018

Bill to likely ban all abortions advances in South Carolina

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina senators have advanced a bill that would likely ban all abortions in the state. Local media report the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 Feb. 20 to advance a bill that says life begins at conception and at that moment, an embryo has all the rights as any other citizen. The “personhood” measure […]

Apr 21, 2015

Many officers in SC still don’t have dashcams

If proposed legislation leads to all officers in South Carolina wearing body cameras, the devices could provide some officers their only way to capture video of an arrest.

Mar 20, 2015

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — State legislators are pushing to make it much harder to release police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable. Lawmakers in at least 15 states have introduced bills to exempt video recordings of police encounters with citizens from state […]

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