Latest South Carolina state government News

S. Carolina governor wants McCoy to run Santee Cooper board

Apr. 21, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor wants a former lawmaker who spent a year as the state's top federal prosecutor to lead the board that runs state-owned utility Santee Cooper. Peter McCoy said Wednesday that his two goals if he becomes Santee Cooper board...

Five-day a week school requirement on its way to SC governor

Apr. 21, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A resolution requiring South Carolina schools to offer in-person classes to students five days a week starting April 26 and for all of next school year is on its way to the governor's desk. The House approved the Senate-passed measure Wednesday....

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Apr. 21, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ April 21 The Times and Democrat on South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott's police reform proposals: It’s not hard to believe that most Americans do not favor...

S Carolina lawmakers keep firing squad as option in bill

Apr. 21, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A small group of South Carolina House members kept firing squads in a bill meant to restart executions in a state that hasn't put an inmate to death in nearly 10 years. South Carolina no longer can obtain the lethal injection drugs and even through...

SC Senate committee OKs raises for teachers, state workers

Apr. 20, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The COVID-19 economic downturn was not as bad as feared in South Carolina, so lawmakers suddenly have a lot more money to spend. The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday set aside money for a 2% raise for state employees and a $1,000 raise for all...

SC governor, biz groups push for COVID liability protection

Apr. 19, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor is pushing state lawmakers to approve a bill that would prevent people who contract COVID-19 from suing businesses and other groups that have followed federal and state health guidelines. In a letter sent Monday to House...

South Carolina governor gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Apr. 19, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Monday morning, nearly four months after testing positive for the virus. McMaster and first lady Peggy McMaster both got the first of two Pfizer doses at a CVS...

No dice: Judge rejects challenge against NC casino plans

Apr. 16, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

A federal judge on Friday rejected a legal challenge by the operator of North Carolina's two casinos, saying that the tribe had no grounds to oppose a competitor's plans for a third gambling operation in the state. The South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation has...

SC House adds African American documents to college course

Apr. 15, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House approved a bill Thursday that would revise a required college course on America's founding that hasn't been changed since 1924. The bill passed 91-12 on Thursday after Republicans agreed to a Democratic amendment that the...

S Carolina Republicans give expanding voting a brief hearing

Apr. 15, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill in South Carolina that would greatly expand voting through no-excuse absentee ballots and eliminating witnesses for votes cast by mail got a hearing in the Republican-dominated Legislature on Thursday. The subcommittee hearing was less than...