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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.

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
BRIEFS:  Budget process starts second phase; training in Charleston

BRIEFS: Budget process starts second phase; training in Charleston

Staff reports | The Senate Finance Committee will start its budget process next week with various meetings in which senators will take up components of the just-passed $8 billion House budget and mold them to their liking.

TALLY SHEET:   Few bills introduced this week

TALLY SHEET: Few bills introduced this week

Staff reports | The pickings were slim for new bills introduced in the House and Senate other than the usual stream of congratulatory resolutions. Among the handful of substantive bills:

College enterprise. S. 542 (Talley) would allow the board of a public college of university to establish an “enterprise division” and allow the college to transfer certain assets to it and make them exempt from some state regulations, such as procurement, with several provisions.

Ticket scalping. S. 558 (M.B. Matthews) seeks a law to keep resellers of tickets from earning more than a dollar above the face value.

by · 03/17/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
BRIEFS: More women elected to county positions than legislature

BRIEFS: More women elected to county positions than legislature

Staff reports | With South Carolina ranking among the bottom nationally in the number of women elected to the General Assembly, it’s not surprising males occupy more than five out of every six legislative seats. But does trend carry over at the county level, adjunct professor Dan Ruff of Midlands Technical College wondered. The answer, it seems, is generally no.

Also in this brief is a look at women’s health issues related to two bills and the state budget.

TALLY SHEET:   From the state budget to guns, vouchers and partisanship

TALLY SHEET: From the state budget to guns, vouchers and partisanship

Staff reports | The House Ways and Means committee this week formally introduced its annual budget bill and related bills in preparation for next week’s floor debate on how the state will spend about $8 billion in general fund revenues. Lawmakers also introduced about 100 more bills during the week.

by · 03/10/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   From cutting tax brackets to regulating porn

TALLY SHEET: From cutting tax brackets to regulating porn

Staff reports | As the legislative session heads toward the halfway mark in terms of legislative days, lawmakers for the first time introduced fewer than 100 bills over the past week with the Senate tallying 32 new bills and resolutions and the House eight more. Among the interesting bills introduced were measures calling for the end of top income tax brackets and regulation of pornography:

by · 03/03/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
Potholes riddle an Orangeburg County highway.  Photo by Andy Brack.

BRIEF: Your view on taxes might be based on how things are framed

Staff reports | If you heard that a particular proposal raised taxes a “whopping 60 percent,” you might think that wasn’t so great.

But what if you were told a tax hike would cost the average resident just $5 per month? Would that seem a big deal, or something to shrug off?

Now let’s take these questions to another level: What if both statements were talking about the very same issue?