This Week in South Carolina

SC Senate Legislative Update March 27-31, 2017

By G. Jackson

The S.C. State House.

The Senate Finance Committee approved its version of the state budget on Tuesday after months of subcommittee budget hearings. Areas of interest in the approximately $8 billion budget include K-12 education funding, higher education funding, improving the health of the state’s pension system and cleanup costs for Hurricane Matthew. Copies of the Committee’s budget will be distributed to all Senate members in anticipation of debate on the floor on Tuesday.

State House Update March 31, 2017

By G. Jackson

This Week in South Carolina

This week in the South Carolina State House, suspended Sen. John Courson, R-Columbia, appeared for a bond hearing over his criminal ethics charges, the roads bill officially stalled in the Senate, debate on medical marijuana bills continued in Senate and House committees, and a bill to carry guns openly without a permit is poised to move in the House. 

Gov. McMaster on Richard Quinn & Associates, USC Basketball

By G. Jackson

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters Tuesday he will continue to use long-time political consultants Richard Quinn & Associates for his 2018 campaign, despite an ongoing corruption investigation that has ensnared the firm. McMaster has used the firm for political consultant work since 1993.

McMaster also praised the basketball teams at his alma mater, the University of South Carolina, for making it to the Final Four. He will not attend the men's basketball game in Phoenix on Saturday, since he already said he would attend the Carolina Cup horse race. 

SC Senate Legislative Update March 20 - 24, 2017

By G. Jackson

The S.C. State House

The Senate Finance Committee continued its work this week on the state budget with the goal of advancing it to the floor for full Senate debate. Areas of interest in the approximately $8 billion budget includes K-12 education funding, higher education funding, improving the health of the state’s pension system and cleanup costs for Hurricane Matthew. The Finance Committee is scheduled to resume deliberations on Tuesday.

The infrastructure funding package, H. 3516, also remains on the Senate’s contested calendar, but some movement on it is expected next week.

SC House Legislative Update

By G. Jackson

The S.C. House of Representatives

Legislative Update
March 21, 2017
Vol. 34, No. 11

The House of Representatives amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3720, the General Appropriation Bill, and H.3721, the joint resolution making appropriations from the Capital Reserve Fund, which together comprise the $26.9 billion FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018 STATE GOVERNMENT BUDGET. The budget includes $7.9 billion in recurring state general fund revenue, $29 million in nonrecurring Fiscal Year 2016-2017 certified surplus, and $139 million in Capital Reserve Funds.

State House Update: Opioid Bills Progress, Roads Bill Stalls, Open Carry Bill Advances

By G. Jackson

S.C. State House update

This week in the South Carolina State House, several bills tackling the growing opioid overdose problem advanced in both the House and Senate, a bill to allow people to openly carry a handgun hit the House floor after receiving no testimony, the ongoing State House corruption investigation slowed the confirmation process for two of Gov. Henry McMaster's appointees to the S.C. Ports Authority board, and a $500 million bond bill took shape during  a House budget panel meeting.

SC Senate Legislative Update March 13 - 17, 2017

By G. Jackson

The South Carolina State House

The Senate this week set the stage for debate in the coming weeks on two significant pieces of legislation, a bill addressing the state’s infrastructure system and the state’s general appropriations bill.

The Senate Finance Committee voted to give a favorable report to H. 3516, advancing it to the Senate floor for debate. The bill aims to address longterm infrastructure needs through increasing the motor fuel user fee two cents per year over six years. When fully implemented, it’s estimated to generate approximately $792 million.

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