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Feb 26, 2015

Judge Retirement: When age is much more than a mindset

Last August, N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker retired, passing the gavel to Justice Mark Martin, appointed to fill the position for the remainder of her term. Parker was appointed — and later elected—chief justice in 2006 and served until she couldn’t serve anymore. It wasn’t a physical or cognitive impairment that ushered her […]

May 1, 2014

‘Stand your ground’ law tested in recent shootings

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is accused of setting a trap and blindly blasting a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old German exchange student. A Minnesota man is convicted of lying in wait in his basement for two teenagers and killing them during a break-in. The two recent cases take the “stand […]

Feb 5, 2014

Bill increases prison time for gang members

A gang member would receive a longer prison sentence under a bill proposed in the South Carolina House.

Dec 17, 2013

Senators’ proposals would raise, end certain taxes

Proposals by state senators for the upcoming legislative session include eliminating South Carolina's individual income tax and increasing the state gas tax.

Apr 9, 2013

Bill would update sex education in SC schools

Two Republican legislators say South Carolina's 25-year-old law on sex education must be updated to decrease teen pregnancy and the generational poverty it brings.

Mar 13, 2013

Bill would give parents school enrollment options

A bill allowing parents to send their children to a public school outside of their district passed a South Carolina Senate committee Wednesday.

Jan 23, 2013

Supreme Court hears arguments over state health premiums

An attorney says a South Carolina government board violated the constitution when it voted to split the cost of increases in public workers' health insurance premiums between employers and employees. Allen Nickles told the state Supreme Court on Wednesday the Budget and Control Board infringed on the separation of powers when it raised rates on both by 4.6 percent.

South Carolina Legislature can't alter contracts
Nov 30, 2012

Legislation can’t rewrite contracts, court says

There’s a theory in science that you can move so fast that you can travel back in time. It turns out that the South Carolina legislature can move pretty fast when big lobbyists and big money are involved, but the South Carolina Supreme Court has held that it can’t travel back in time to tinker with insurance contracts.

Mar 3, 2011

Senator on tort reform bill: ‘We’ve got a problem’

An amendment tacked onto a legislative proposal that would limit punitive damages in civil cases threatens to derail the bill on the Senate floor, said state Sen. Larry Martin, a key supporter of the proposed cap. The amendment would turn South Carolina away from the state Supreme Court's 2010 designation of the risk-utility analysis as the sole test for defective design in many products liability[...]

Jan 7, 2011

Pre-filed bills await lawmakers as they reconvene

As the General Assembly convenes next week, legislators will be facing a wide array of pre-filed bills. Hundreds of proposed new laws cover everything from government restructuring to texting to roadside foliage control. And while most may be of some interest to lawyers as voters and taxpayers, fewer are likely to have a direct bearing on the practice of law. Those that do include a number of bill[...]

Dec 30, 2010

Broad range of bills filed before Jan. 11 session

Dozens of state legislative proposals on subjects ranging from careless driving to government reorganization are stacking up again this year as members of the General Assembly get ready for another session of lawmaking. If pre-filed bills are any indication, legislators seem bent on not only hitting the ground running but also in covering a lot of it before they adjourn sometime early next summer.[...]

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