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TALLY SHEET:  From fights and dance halls to beer coolers at the door

TALLY SHEET: From fights and dance halls to beer coolers at the door

State lawmakers introduced more than 100 bills over the past week, including several that might may you bat an eye. State Sen. Stephen Goldfinch, R-Georgetown, offered a bill to seek to remove some antiquated laws related to dueling, seduction, dance halls and a prohibition on kids playing pinball. In the House, Rep. Chris Hart (D-Richland) wants something done about portable beer and wine coolers that block doors at stores.

by · 01/27/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   Bills seek honors for slain Senate colleague

TALLY SHEET: Bills seek honors for slain Senate colleague

Staff reports | The late Sen. Clementa Pinckney, a Jasper County resident who was killed in the Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston in June 2015, may be honored in his home county if two bills introduced by his successor become law.

by · 01/20/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   From a conservation bank to an environmental bill of rights

TALLY SHEET: From a conservation bank to an environmental bill of rights

State lawmakers introduced more than 150 bills over the week to add to the 500+ bills that were prefiled in December. Bills ranged from measures to legalize medical marijuana and reauthorize the state Conservation Bank to calls for an Environmental Bill of Rights and voting by mail.

by · 01/13/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:  House pre-files hundreds of new bills, part 2

TALLY SHEET: House pre-files hundreds of new bills, part 2

Staff reports | State House members pre-filed more than 350 bills last week, including high-profile measures related to online porn and bathroom choice that got coverage. But there were a host of additional important bills that you should be aware of.

Key pre-filed House bills include measures related to taxes, wages, discrimination, medical marijuana, mopeds, drug tests, term limits, reapportionment and more:

by · 12/23/2016 · News, Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   Hundreds of bills pre-filed this week in legislature, part 1

TALLY SHEET: Hundreds of bills pre-filed this week in legislature, part 1

Staff reports | State lawmakers filed more than 500 new bills this week in preparation for the beginning of the new legislative session next month.

This week, we offer a look at the 198 pre-filed bills by state senators on subjects ranging from appointing constitutional officers to alimony reform.

by · 12/16/2016 · Politics, Tally Sheet
BRIEFS: New rules, new chairs in the state Senate

BRIEFS: New rules, new chairs in the state Senate

Staff reports | In bicameral legislatures, state senates often are lauded for being chambers where bad ideas coming from a reactionary or rowdy sister chamber can be improved through a more deliberative process.

In recent years in South Carolina, however, the state Senate also has been criticized as a place where good ideas also go to die due to complex rules that stymied the process and placed lots of power in the hands of individual senators who use rules to kill something easily.

by · 12/09/2016 · News, News briefs, Politics
BRIEF: House, Senate to reorganize Dec. 6

BRIEF: House, Senate to reorganize Dec. 6

Staff reports | More than two dozen new Statehouse faces will meet for the first time next week in Columbia with veteran lawmakers as the state House and Senate reorganize on Dec. 6.

by · 12/02/2016 · News, News briefs, Politics
A view of the S.C. Senate chamber.

BRIEF: Constitutional showdown over the next lieutenant governor?

Staff reports | Looks like there might be a showdown over how the state might get its next lieutenant governor if the current one, Henry McMaster, becomes governor when Gov. Nikki Haley is confirmed to be United Nations ambassador.

The kerfuffle comes from an effort to get future lieutenant governors to run on the same ticket as gubernatorial candidates, a state version of what happens with presidential candidates. In 2012, 55.5 percent of voters approved a measure to amend the state constitution to do just that.

by · 11/25/2016 · News, News briefs, Politics