Latest South Carolina state government News

High court weighs end of $300 weekly unemployment payment

May. 25, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In June 2021, Gov. Mike DeWine ended Ohio's participation in a federal pandemic unemployment aid program ahead of a government deadline for stopping the payments. Attorneys for the Republican governor argue he had the legal authority to do so. People who lost...

Magistrate suspended for 6 months for improper emails

May. 25, 2022 12:31 PM EDT

CHESTER, S.C. (AP) — A magistrate who has been reprimanded before and whose husband is a former sheriff awaiting sentencing for stealing money from government programs has been suspended from the bench for six months, the South Carolina Supreme Court announced Wednesday. Chester...

Weaver tallies up GOP endorsements in SC Education race

May. 25, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In her pursuit of South Carolina's top education job, Republican Ellen Weaver has received endorsements from a number of party leaders across the state, as well a political action committee led by one of the state's top GOP newcomers. In a statement to The...

SC budget negotiators have almost $1B more to talk about

May. 24, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina lawmakers negotiating big gap s between the House and Senate versions of the state budget received a big gift Tuesday as the state's economy continued to do better than predicted. South Carolina can now expect to have about $950 million more...

Mace, Arrington meet in South Carolina 1st District debate

May. 23, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In one of the year's most closely watched congressional Republican primaries, U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace met two GOP challengers on the debate stage who are seeking to oust her from South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, one of whom immediately endorsed the other, before...

GOP candidate's security clearance becomes issue in SC

May. 22, 2022 08:29 AM EDT

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — After losing a high-profile bid for a South Carolina congressional seat in 2018, Republican Katie Arrington took a job at the Defense Department, where she focused on securing military supply chains, ensuring thousands of companies that contract with the federal...

New laws give teachers a break, ban lunch debt collections

May. 21, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two new laws in South Carolina require every school give elementary school teachers a 30-minute break each day without students and ban districts from turning over school lunch debt to collection agencies. The bills were passed in the final days of the 2022...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 19, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

The Index-Journal. May 18, 2022. Editorial: Show us the money Knock knock. Who’s there? PR Firm. PR Firm who? Karl Allen’s PR firm, that’s who. Now go away. Not a funny knock-knock joke?...

S. Carolina tries early voting even as other states restrict

May. 18, 2022 17:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina election officials are preparing for early voting for the first time in next month's primaries, expanding the ability to vote in an era when many other states are passing laws to make it harder to cast ballots. Republicans, Democrats and...

South Carolina governor signs transgender sports ban bill

May. 17, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's governor has quietly signed into law a bill that would ban transgender students from playing girls’ or women’s sports in public schools and colleges as the state joins about a dozen others that have passed similar laws in the past two years. ...