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2002-2004, South Carolina Statehouse Report. Published weekly during the S.C. legislative session. South Carolina Statehouse Report is a media project of The Brack Group, Charleston, S.C.

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1.11: Port expansion struggles for viability
(Week of March 19, 2002)

MARCH 15, 2002 - - Fireworks should ignite a Wednesday hearing of the Senate Transportation Committee as senators considering port expansion grapple with a blistering report by the Legislative Audit Council on the S.C. Ports Authority.

Sources say the report, which will be made public 10 a.m. Tuesday, may make or break efforts to expand the port onto Daniel Island in Charleston. While some senators have received early briefings on the report, none by law can comment or provide details pending public release of the report. You can view it Tuesday by going online to: .

Meanwhile, some senators reportedly have told business and Chamber proponents of a port expansion bill by Sen. Jim Ritchie (R-Spartanburg) that the bill won't pass because Lowcountry and environmentally-minded senators will filibuster and have enough votes to thwart motions to close debate.

Ritchie's bill would, among other things, allow the port to start the process to get appropriate permits to expand on Daniel Island.

Opponents say supporters of the bill need to turn their eyes to existing industrial areas, such as Drum Island, part of the old Navy Base, the Weapons depot or adjoining acreage for an acceptable spot for port expansion.

11/3: Use your vote wisely: a lesson
10/27: SC GOP to keep control of House
10/20: Black voters may be secret weapon
10/13: Talk is cheap; action takes courage
10/6: Creating sunshine to dampen negative ads
9/29: SC Set to be world leader in news research
9/22: SC Senate shift could be around corner
9/15: Gov's race about barbs, ads, not people
9/8: Shorfall may cause look at prison alternatives
9/2: Revitalize your patriotism by participating
8/25: S.C.'s fiscal situation could be a lot worse
8/18: State wetlands policy needed
8/11: The bully vs. the whiner
8/4: Noah's Ark approach to tax reform
7/28: Two-party system could be political outcome
7/21: State budget woes loom for 2 more years
7/14: Agencies can do better job on Internet
7/5: Thank a guardsman today for service
6/28: Hodges-Sanford race will be wild ride
6/21: Sanford-Peeler race's impact on GOP
6/14: Ethics reform needed now

More done than you'd think(1.23)
More education $ also means cuts (1.22)
PSC reform to come, but when?(1.21)



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