Latest South Carolina State General Assembly News

The South Carolina House of Representatives, led by House Speaker Jay Lucas, gavels in to the start of a two-week-long special session, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The House debated legislation to expand voting access ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

Broadband help passes on S. Carolina Legislature's final day

Sep. 24, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina General Assembly wrapped up a most unusual 2020 session by passing a bill supporters said will help get high speed internet to hundreds of thousands of people in rural areas. The gap between cities and richer areas with good internet access and poorer, less...

South Carolina approves 2nd round of federal COVID-19 aid

Sep. 23, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers agreed Wednesday on how to spend the remaining $693 million in federal money meant to help pay for COVID-19 expenses. Most of the money — $420 million — will go to replenish the state's unemployment fund, keeping businesses from having to pay...

South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, center, speaks to House members during the session Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. It was Evette's first public appearance since being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

South Carolina lieutenant governor returns after COVID-19

Sep. 22, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette has returned to public life after being diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this month. Evette came to the South Carolina House chambers on Tuesday, meeting with members, giving hugs telling the story of how she recovered from the virus over and over...

Judge nixes witness signature requirement on SC mail ballots

Sep. 21, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has struck down a rule requiring mail-in absentee ballots to be signed by witnesses for the upcoming November election, citing the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Court Judge J. Michelle Childs ordered the state...

SC Legislature 2-week special session ends with money talk

Sep. 20, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The September special session of the South Carolina Legislature continues this week with more discussions about money. The House and Senate are expected to hash out differences on how to spend the $700 million in federal COVID-19 aid that has not already been allocated. Their...

Kim Rulf, of Greenville, South Carolina, attends a protest on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, calling for Gov. Henry McMaster to end the state of emergency issued for the coronavirus pandemic and for lawmakers to remove mask mandates across the state. About 50 people gathered without wearing masks at the Capitol building on the morning the state legislature was set to begin a two-week special session. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

SC lawmakers seek oversight on gov's emergency declarations

Sep. 16, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some lawmakers Wednesday called for a more comprehensive plan to manage the coronavirus pandemic, including legislative oversight of the string of emergency declarations issued by Gov. Henry McMaster since mid-March. “How long will these limitations last? Is there a case number...

The South Carolina House of Representatives, led by House Speaker Jay Lucas, gavels in to the start of a two-week-long special session, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. The House debated legislation to expand voting access ahead of the November election. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

South Carolina Senate OKs teacher raises, hazard pay

Sep. 15, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate passed changes Tuesday to the state budget that would provide a small raise to most teachers and a hazard pay bonus for some lower-paid state workers. Now attention turns to the House, where leaders may prefer not to change the $9 billion budget at all with...

Kim Rulf, of Greenville, South Carolina, attends a protest on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, calling for Gov. Henry McMaster to end the state of emergency issued for the coronavirus pandemic and for lawmakers to remove mask mandates across the state. About 50 people gathered without wearing masks at the Capitol building on the morning the state legislature was set to begin a two-week special session. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

Absentee voting bill headed to S.C. Gov. McMaster's desk

Sep. 15, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The first day of the South Carolina legislature's two-week special session to wrap up ends left loose by the COVID-19 pandemic was marked by two groups advocating for constitutional rights at the capitol building: One urging legislators to expand protections for voters this fall, and...

/State Sen. Mike Fanning speaks against a massive education overhaul bill at the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. The bill got key approval on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

After months of debate, education bills likely dead in SC

Sep. 14, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday for a super sized two-week special session, but the bills that dominated discussion and time over the past two years will be ignored and left to die. The House passed a massive education overhaul bill in March 2019, and the...

State Rep. Gary Clary wears a face mask he made from a Clemson University banner during a special, one-day session of the South Carolina Legislature on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. This year's session has been paused for several weeks amid the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

South Carolina lawmakers return for budget special session

Sep. 12, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are returning to Columbia to take up how the state spends its money, voting and whatever other loose ends remain in a session disrupted by COVID-19. The General Assembly set aside two weeks starting Tuesday. The Senate will immediately take up alterations to...