Articles from the South Carolina Legislature section archive

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lawmakers pledge that harbor will be deepened

COLUMBIA --- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham vowed Tuesday to hold up the business of the U.S. Senate until he gets funding for a study to deepen the Port of Charleston.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Proposal would require more SC principal evaluations

COLUMBIA — Legislators are considering proposals that would require South Carolina's nearly 1,150 principals to be evaluated more frequently.
By Seanna Adcox

Thursday, March 31, 2011

SC lobbyists face tighter restrictions

COLUMBIA -- Recently, "public-funded lobbyists" were getting a stern look in South Carolina's House or Representatives. But now it's the turn for every other type of lobbyist.
By Sarita Chourey

SC lawmakers push new tax structure

COLUMBIA -- Calling it a "jobs bill," Aiken Rep. Bill Taylor announced legislation aimed at implementing a new tax structure in South Carolina, one that replaces income tax, corporate income ...
By Sarita Chourey

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dual-positions bill clears House, Senate

A statewide bill that would force Clearwater Water & Sewer District Commissioner Christy Coleman to choose between her elected position and the job as the district's bookkeeper has easily ...
By Sarita Chourey

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Critics say voter ID bill too burdensome

Legislation requiring South Carolina voters to show a photo ID at the polls is too costly for taxpayers and too burdensome for residents who lack a driver's license, opponents of the measure said ...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Senate action slowed on drug-testing bill

COLUMBIA --- For jobless drug users, some unresolved questions in a state Senate committee bought extra time to collect unemployment benefits.
By Sarita Chourey

Drug deal taxes fade away in South Carolina

COLUMBIA --- In South Carolina, even drug dealers are expected to pay taxes. Perhaps more surprising: Some of them do. Or at least they used to.
By Sarita Chourey

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bill would prohibit social networking by prisoners

The proliferation of cell phones smuggled into prisons has some inmates routinely updating their status from the inside, and South Carolina is considering becoming the first state to make that a ...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

$5.2 billion budget gets House approval

South Carolina House members voted to turn back money-saving proposals urged by Gov. Nikki Haley, meaning they would preserve taxpayer money to run the 2012 presidential primary and the state arts ...

Senate OKs roll call voting for legislation

South Carolina senators Tuesday approved putting into state law voting rules they already abide by, calling it a practical way to end tea party furor over Gov. Nikki Haley's central campaign issue.

Lawyers contend state tax exemptions illegal

COLUMBIA --- South Carolina's sales tax exemptions are unconstitutional and should be revamped by the state Legislature, two Columbia attorneys argued in a lawsuit filed Monday with the state ...

Monday, March 14, 2011

SC legislators to debate $5B budget plan

COLUMBIA — South Carolina legislators will begin debate today on a $5 billion state spending plan that cuts Medicaid and education spending while streamlining some state agency ...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Officials cautious on speed cameras

House lawmakers are likely to take a particularly nuanced approach to the issue of traffic speed cameras.
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Anti-earmark rhetoric tested

First-term Republican Rep. Tim Scott of Charleston, S.C., says he's looking for "any way in the world" to get federal money to expand his hometown's aging harbor.

Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011

Texting, redistricting talks coming this week

This week, lawmakers will again consider decriminalizing "sexting" in order to keep teens who exchange nude photos from being branded as sex offenders.
By Sarita Chourey

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

South Carolina House panel passes gun legislation

Gun-rights activists applauded a vote Thursday that would allow South Carolina citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

South Carolina budget OK'd; backlash expected

South Carolina's budget writers approved Thursday without much of a whimper a $5.2 billion spending plan that cuts welfare, Medicaid and college spending and stands to affect broad swaths of the ...

Plan that cuts doctors' pay is headed to House

State budget writers Wednesday gave preliminary approval to parts of the spending plan that would pay doctors less for caring for Medicaid patients, lock in lower welfare payments and give ...

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011

State primary heating up

Republican presidential hopefuls are starting to make the rounds in South Carolina, though they're not rushing to the state the way they were in the run-up to the wide-open 2008 race.

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Many black colleges struggling

Although Paine has struggled with its own failures over the past several years, HBCUs across the nation are dealing with some of the same troubles that are threatening their missions and existence.
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