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Jan 8, 2020

Foresight is 2020: Legislative preview

More money for court reporters, a reform of business license taxes, possible new hate crimes legislation, and a long sought-after increase of the cap on damages under South Carolina’s Tort Claims Act are all on the agenda as the state legislature’s 2019-2020 session resumes this month. In 2019 the Senate passed a bill that would […]

Jun 5, 2018

Longtime SC Sen. Courson pleads guilty and resigns

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One of South Carolina’s longest-serving state senators pleaded guilty to a corruption charge Mune 4 and resigned. Republican Sen. John Courson entered a guilty plea to misconduct in office the same day his trial was supposed to start. Courson, 73, faces up to 10 years in prison, but Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen […]

Jun 30, 2017

Senate leader asks court to stop judging SC Legislature

The leader of South Carolina’s Senate is again asking the state Supreme Court to stop overseeing its 2014 order that legislators fix the education system. Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman argues Friday that justices are overstepping their bounds by judging the Legislature’s response to the court’s ruling that poor, rural students lack educational opportunities. […]

Jan 6, 2016

SC Chamber unveiling legislative agenda for 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s business leaders are gathering to unveil the top issues they’d like to see discussed in the upcoming legislative session. South Carolina Chamber President Ted Pitts and Board Chairman John Uprichard are holding a news conference Wednesday at the Statehouse. Organizers say they and other leaders from the state’s business […]

Sep 16, 2014

Lawmakers examine recent FOIA rulings

A special legislative panel has scheduled a meeting to examine the fallout from two South Carolina Supreme Court decisions dealing with the state's Freedom of Information Act.

May 29, 2014

Legislature approves bill meant to grow breweries

COLUMBIA — The Legislature has passed a bill designed to grow South Carolina’s craft brewery business and make the state a destination for beer aficionados. The House and Senate unanimously approved Wednesday a compromise that removes brewers’ production limits. It also allows them to operate a restaurant onsite and get a permit to sell other […]

Feb 14, 2014

Getting Mugged: Lawmakers, record-keepers aim to curtail mug shot publishers, but questions about free speech, public records access arise

Lawmakers are expected to take up a bill this session aimed at giving South Carolina residents ammunition against websites that publish arrest mug shots and then demand hundreds of dollars to remove the embarrassing photos. The bill is part of a growing backlash against the cottage industry of mug shot publishing, which Richland County deputy […]

Jan 18, 2013

Regulation that makes everyone happy

After taking a beating from lawmakers bent on tort reform, personal injury lawyers in the Carolinas and elsewhere now have legislation that might actually make them want to get out of bed in the morning.

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[...]

Feb 18, 2011

Punitives cap passes House, still pending in Senate

A bill that would cap punitive damages in the South Carolina is now before the state Senate's Judiciary Committee, having won a thumbs-up from a judiciary subcommittee last week. The bill, H. 3375, named the Fairness in Civil Justice Act of 2011, passed the House of Representatives by a 100-to-11 vote on Feb. 10. It would limit punitive damages to $350,000 or three times the amount of the compensa[...]

Jan 27, 2011

Bar takes on anti-lawyer rhetoric, nixes pro bono reporting

An effort by the S.C. Bar to reach out to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley in the wake of an election season that jarred the image of lawyers surfaced as members met in Hilton Head Island for their annual convention. In a Jan. 21 videotaped speech to the House of Delegates, Bar President Carl Solomon (pictured) praised Haley for appointing lawyers to her cabinet and said he had written her a letter con[...]

Jan 21, 2011

SC senators look at Arizona-style immigration bill

  COLUMBIA (AP) – South Carolina legislators are considering an anti-illegal immigration law similar to Arizona’s. The bill was up for debate in Senate Judiciary, but the meeting ended before senators could get to that issue. It would allow police to check the immigration status if an officer thinks a person is in the country […]

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