This Week in South Carolina

Sen. Hugh Leatherman's Portrait Unveiling

By Gavin Jackson

South Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence.

The Senate recognized Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, with a portrait and ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Speakers included: State Sens. Nikki Setzler, Thomas C. Alexander and Luke Rankin, as well as former S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal, Judge J. Michael Luttig, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Boeing Company, Hood Temple, College of Charleston President Glenn F. McConnell, and painter John Seibels Walker.

House Roads Bill Advances, Gov. McMaster Weighs In on Proposed Gas Tax Increase

By G. Jackson

The S.C. State House

The approval of a key House committee and comments by the state’s new governor made for key developments in the roads funding debate this week.

On Thursday, the House Ways and Means Committee sent a bill raising the state gas tax by 10 cents per gallon and increases to other vehicle-related fees and taxes. The plan generates $570 million in additional annual revenue to fix the state’s roads—half of which have pavement in poor condition.

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina State House

The House and Senate met in Joint Session on Wednesday to elect a new Supreme Court Justice, as well as Court of Appeals, circuit court, family court and administrative law court judges.

The Senate spent much of the week passing S. 27, which makes the Superintendent of Education a cabinet position, in addition to several other bills.

Bills approved by the Senate this week include:

S.C. House Legislative Update Jan. 31, 2017

By Gavin Jackson

The South Carolina House of Representatives

Legislative Update
January 31, 2017
Vol. 34, No. 4

The House of Representatives amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3488, a bill that makes provisions for ELECTRONIC INSURANCE DOCUMENTS, including authorization for insurers to deliver, store, or present evidence of insurance coverage by electronic means and provisions that afford consumers the option of receiving and signing notices and documents electronically.

SC Roads Featured on This Week in SC

By A. Crouch

Bierbauer and Christy Hall

Of South Carolina's roadways, 2,000 have been deemed the worst of the worst. Charles Bierbauer sits down with S.C. DOT Secretary Christy Hall to discuss the state of S.C. Roads. Hall tells This Week in SC that the S.C. roadways are decaying rapidly, and the decay has almost doubled over the past five years. It will take ten years to fix the issues from the past five. The S.C. DOT will need $500 million a year for the next 25 years to fix these problems.

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Jan. 24, 2017

By G. Jackson

South Carolina. Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant in the Senate on Jan. 25, 2017.

This week in the Senate Jan. 23 - Jan. 27, 2017

The Senate returned to regular statewide session this week after spending the previous week working at the committee level to move bills to the floor for debate. Former Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster became South Carolina’s governor this week following the resignation of former Governor Nikki Haley, who received confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

S.C. House Legislative Update Jan. 24, 2017

By G. Jackson

The South Carolina State House

Legislative Update
January 24, 2017
Vol. 34, No. 3

During the initial days of the session, committees of the House of Representatives began their work on legislation to report out for consideration by the full House.

Gov. Henry McMaster's Swearing-In Ceremony

By G. Jackson

Gov. Henry McMaster taking the oath of office.

Henry McMaster was sworn-in as the 117th Governor of South Carolina in a ceremony held at the State House on Tuesday.

McMaster replaced Gov. Nikki Haley after the U.S. Senate confirmed her, 96-4, to be President Donald Trump's Ambassador to the United Nations moments earlier. 

McMaster has served as Haley's Lieutenant Governor in her second and final term since 2014. 

State House Power Moves

By G. Jackson

The 2017 S.C. Senate

A day after Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster replaced outgoing Gov. Nikki Haley, Senators elected Sen. Kevin Bryant as McMaster's successor. Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, successfully retained his position shortly after Bryant was elected by the Senate on Wednesday.

Senate Democrats and 10 Republicans, including Leatherman, helped keep him in the powerful position by a vote of 28-16 over the only other candidate, Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney.

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