Politics

President Donald Trump at Boeing South Carolina

By G. Jackson

President Donald Trump at Boeing South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON -- President Donald Trump called the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, produced at the North Charleston Boeing plant, an example of America producing more of its own products domestically and lessening its reliance on imports.

"It has to be much easier to manufacture in our country and much harder to leave," Trump said. "Our goal as a nation must be to rely less on imports and more on products made here in the U.S.A. Right here in the U.S.A."

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Feb. 13-17, 2017

By G. Jackson

The S.C. State House

The Senate continued debate on S. 107, which establishes the procedure by which a person nominated as governor selects a lieutenant governor as a running mate on a joint ticket. The bill, which was set for special order on February 14, also deals with increasing campaign contribution limits. Debate on the bill is expected to continue this upcoming week.

 

Bills approved by the Senate this week include:

SC House Remembers Rep. Joe Neal

By A. Crouch

SC State House

Rep. Joe Neal, of Richland County, passed away suddenly this week. Neal was a pastor and 24-year veteran of the S.C. House. Speaker Jay Lucas, along with House Majority Leader Gary Simrill and House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, paid tribute to Rep. Neal on the House floor today.

S.C. Senate Legislative Update Feb. 6-10, 2017

S.C. Sen. Luke Rankin at Sen. Hugh Leatherman's portrait unveiling.

The Senate moved a number of bills forward this week, including S. 6, which increases penalties for injuring or killing a dog or horse used by law enforcement. The bill is known as “Hyco’s Law,” named for an Anderson County K-9 officer killed in the line of duty in October 2015.

On Wednesday, a portrait unveiling was held for Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, who was first elected to the Senate in 1980.

Bills approved by the Senate this week include:

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.

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