Latest South Carolina State General Assembly News

SC lawmakers start negotiations on nearly $11 billion budget

Jun. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are hammering out differences between the House and Senate versions of the state's nearly $11 billion budget ahead of the new fiscal year next month. A conference committee of House and Senate members met briefly Tuesday to...

Senate panel votes no confidence in Juvenile Justice leader

Jun. 09, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group of state senators investigating South Carolina's juvenile prison system voted Wednesday that they have no confidence in Department of Juvenile Justice Director Freddie Pough. The vote by a Senate subcommittee came after a four-hour hearing...

SC House budget: Raises for public workers; no vaccine lotto

Jun. 09, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House on Wednesday put its final touches on the state's nearly $11 billion budget, spending more money than anticipated after the economic problems from the COVID-19 pandemic weren't as bad as feared. The spending plan for the...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 09, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

(Charleston) Post and Courier. June 7, 2021. Editorial: Santee Cooper compromise is a big step forward, but there’s more to do People who were determined to sell Santee Cooper no matter what will complain that the plan up for final approval in the...

S Carolina's state-owned utility survives as public company

Jun. 08, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s state-owned utility appears to have survived four years of turmoil to remain public after the South Carolina House and Senate both unanimously approved an overhaul bill Tuesday that does not include its sale to a private company. ...

SC House sets aside $23M to buy waterfront convent land

Jun. 05, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The House committee that writes South Carolina's budget is setting aside $23 million to the state spending plan to buy a convent that includes waterfront land on Charleston Harbor. The House Ways and Means Committee approved putting the money...

3% state employee raise; no vaccine lottery yet in SC budget

Jun. 02, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The state spending plan heading to the South Carolina House floor next week offers state employees a 3% raise and teachers a $1,000 bump in pay. The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a nearly $11 billion state budget for the...

No sale: Santee Cooper's future is reform, not private owner

Jun. 01, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina legislative leaders most ardent about selling state-owned utility Santee Cooper said Tuesday it's obvious there are no interested buyers and signed off on an overhaul proposal that leaves the utility publicly owned. Both the...

New law cracks down on abandoned tire piles in S Carolina

May. 29, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A new law passed by the South Carolina General Assembly allows for steep fines and even jail time for tire recyclers who fail to follow state regulations. The proposal signed into law this month by Gov. Henry McMaster allows a fine of up to...

Lawmakers grill South Carolina's juvenile prisons director

May. 20, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina legislators are pushing to replace the director of the state's embattled juvenile prisons, who stumbled through more than three hours of questioning Thursday. Lawmakers are scrutinizing the department after a scathing report released...