Latest South Carolina state government News

SC senate plans October special session; masks not on agenda

Sep. 16, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators plan to return to the Statehouse next month for a special session on spending federal COVID-19 relief money and redistricting. But one thing not on the agenda at the moment for the Oct. 12 session is any discussion of mask...

South Carolina reaches 50% vaccination rate as cases dip

Sep. 16, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Half of all South Carolinians eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are now fully inoculated, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday. The benchmark puts the state closer to a 70 to 80% vaccination goal, health...

Governor touts SC school without mask rule as state model

Sep. 15, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster toured an elementary school in Camden on Wednesday that he said is an excellent example of how to fight COVID-19 in schools without requiring everyone to wear masks. Camden Elementary School starts with a thermal...

South Carolina officials want out of mask mandate ban suit

Sep. 15, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

South Carolina officials who have been sued over a law banning school districts from issuing face mask mandates say that they should be removed from pending litigation. That's the argument made in recent court filings from Gov. Henry McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Sep. 15, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

(Columbia) The State. Sept. 13, 2021. Editorial: Murdaugh murders spur rumors, conspiracy theories in SC and beyond Rumors and conspiracy theories are like fire: give them oxygen and they spread fast. Until there is an arrest in...

SC House redistricting committee to crisscross state

Sep. 12, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A special House committee working on drawing new districts based on the 2020 U.S. Census is crisscrossing South Carolina this week. The House ad-hoc committee will hold four meetings, traveling from Rock Hill to Greenville to North Charleston and...

Premium Peanut to invest $64.3 million in South Carolina

Sep. 11, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — A grower-owned peanut shelling company said it plans to set up operations in South Carolina's Orangeburg County. Premium Peanut said it plans a $64.3 million investment that will create 130 new jobs. The new facility will provide more capacity...

Lawsuit aims to end secrecy over ethics complaints in SC

Sep. 11, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A lawsuit filed in federal court is asking a judge to overturn a requirement in South Carolina ethics laws that makes it illegal for anyone who files a complaint against a public official from talking about it unless the complaint is found valid. ...

SC House Speaker, other Republicans vow vaccine order fight

Sep. 10, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republicans in the South Carolina House plan to meet as soon as they can to figure out how to fight back against President Joe Biden's order that all larger businesses require their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. The letter Friday to his...

South Carolina abortion law challenge backed by 20 states

Sep. 09, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

Twenty Democratic attorneys general have voiced their support for a lawsuit challenging South Carolina's new abortion law, arguing that the restrictive measure could harm their states by taxing resources if women cross borders to seek care. “The effects of the law are...