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BRIEFS:  Merrill resigns seat; Leatherman seeks special session

BRIEFS:  Merrill resigns seat; Leatherman seeks special session

Suspended GOP S.C. Rep. Jim Merrill of Daniel Island resigned from his legislative seat late Thursday before a Friday hearing related to a string of corruption charges he faces, according to published reports. …

Also: S.C. Sen. Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman threw down a gauntlet this week and called on his colleagues to avert “horror of horrors” by releasing state money to replace hundreds of aging school buses prone to catching on fire.

by · 09/01/2017 · News, News briefs, Politics
BRIEF:  Roads bill not finished in Senate … still

BRIEF: Roads bill not finished in Senate … still

Staff reports | You know the old political cliche, “kicking the can down the road?”

Well, that is what the state legislature has been doing for years with South Carolina’s poor roads system. And if this week’s debate on a House infrastructure bill in the Senate was any indication, then the road that can is headed down will have a lot of potholes and needed repairs.

by · 04/21/2017 · News, News briefs, Politics
TALLY SHEET:  When legislating is like making mayonnaise

TALLY SHEET: When legislating is like making mayonnaise

Staff reports | The old saying goes that it’s not a pretty sight watching either laws or sausages being made.

This week, though, a little bit of mayonnaise must have been added to the mixture. State Rep. Anne Parks, D-Greenwood, sponsored H. 4149 — and got just about every other lawmaker in the House to co-sponsor — a congratulatory resolution celebrating the 100 years that Duke’s Mayonnaise has been in business.

by · 04/21/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:  From body cameras to political party registration

TALLY SHEET: From body cameras to political party registration

Staff reports | When state lawmakers return to Columbia after Easter – they’re taking a furlough week next week – they’ll likely be introducing fewer bills as an important procedural date comes April 10. That day, known as the “crossover” day, marks when new bills have to get a super-majority after passage in one chamber to be considered by the other. From a work flow standpoint, this means few bills introduced for the next month stand much of a chance of passage this year. They will, however, still be on the calendar next year in the second year of the two-year session.

by · 04/07/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
BRIEFS:  Gauging S.C.’s health; Statue of Hollings to be unveiled

BRIEFS: Gauging S.C.’s health; Statue of Hollings to be unveiled

Study shows urban areas in S.C. healthier than rural

Staff reports | The state’s healthiest place in terms of health outcomes and factors is Beaufort County, according to newly-published data at CountyHealthRankings.org. At the bottom? Marlboro County in the Pee Dee.

Also inside: Information on an April 17 unveiling of a statue honoring former U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings.

by · 03/31/2017 · News briefs, Politics
TALLY SHEET:  Crossover date comes early this year

TALLY SHEET: Crossover date comes early this year

Staff reports | With the General Assembly going out of general session a month earlier this year, the annual “crossover” deadline this year will be April 10. After that date, original bills from one chamber will have to get a two-thirds vote to be heard in the other chamber. The parliamentary rule essentially makes it more difficult at the busy end of a legislative session to rush through new measures that might not be fully vetted.

by · 03/31/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
BRIEF:  Shock and awe

BRIEF: Shock and awe

Staff reports | Members of the state legislature are still in shock over allegations that state Sen. John Courson (R-Columbia) has been indicted on ethics charges.

by · 03/24/2017 · News briefs, Politics
Anti-abortion protesters in Charleston in 2015.  Photo by Andy Brack

TALLY SHEET: From abortion politics to pyramid schemes

Staff reports | State lawmakers introduced an array of bills dealing with everything from abortion and pyramid schemes to the state’s Freedom of Information Act and how it budgets. Senators introduced 18 measures while House members placed 41 new measures into the legislative hopper. Of key interest:

Abortions. S. 564 (Grooms) seeks to prohibit so-called “dismemberment abortions.”

Childcare regs. S. 569 (Shealy) seeks to update childcare facility regulations in relation to daytime programs and day camps, liability insurance, prohibit daycare vouchers from some facilities and more. H. 4044 (G.M. Smith) is similar.

by · 03/24/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet