Latest South Carolina State General Assembly News

McMaster names appointments to South Carolina Ports board

Apr. 13, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster has reappointed six people to the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors and named one new appointee. The governor picked Greenville attorney Bill Coates to fill an at-large seat on the board, which governs the South...

Open carry, hate crime bills clear deadline in SC Statehouse

Apr. 09, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Thursday marked a key deadline in the 2021 South Carolina General Assembly. It's called the crossover deadline. Bills that pass the House or the Senate after Thursday will need a two-thirds vote from the other chamber to get on the calendar. That...

SC Senate approves proposal barring mandatory COVID vaccines

Apr. 07, 2021 21:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate unanimously approved Wednesday a proposal to prevent employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for workers. The resolution advanced by senators states that employers can’t punish or fire their workers for refusing to...

SC House OKs bill allowing open gun carry without permit

Apr. 07, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House on Wednesday gave key approval to a so-called constitutional carry bill that would let residents carry guns openly without a permit and with no mandatory training. Lawmakers voted 69-47 in favor of the bill, weeks after...

South Carolina House gives key approval to hate crimes bill

Apr. 07, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina moved one step closer Wednesday to becoming the 48th state in the nation to pass a hate crime law. House representatives gave key approval by a 79-29 vote on the proposal to allow harsher penalties for killings, assaults and other...

'Tasting rooms' trip up wine giant's proposal in SC

Apr. 03, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A California wine maker wants to bring a new $400 million bottling center and warehouse to South Carolina but it's the company's desire to also add a few tasting rooms around the state that is slowing a bill at the Statehouse. Gallo Winery picked...

South Carolina senators want say in who runs election agency

Mar. 31, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators approved a bill Wednesday that would end the terms of the five members of the State Election Commission, force the state's elections director to resign and allow the Senate to approve who takes over those roles. Senate...

S. Carolina Senate OKs five-day school for all by April 12

Mar. 31, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate unanimously passed a proposal that would require all schools to provide in-person classes five days a week starting as soon as April 12. The proposal passed Wednesday would also require schools provide five day a week...

SC proposal would bar employers from requiring COVID vaccine

Mar. 31, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are considering a proposal to prevent employers from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for workers. The resolution passed by the Senate Medical Affairs committee Wednesday states that employers can't punish or fire their workers...

Lawmakers consider whether to break up public health agency

Mar. 30, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers will hold hearings this spring on a bill to split up the state's sprawling public health and environmental agency. A proposal by Senate President Harvey Peeler would separate the Department of Health and Environmental...