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Mandatory seat belts for school buses in SC proposed

School buses and bus safety will be a priority for some state and local officials in the legislative session that began Tuesday. Three bills mandating seat belts in full-size school buses have been prefiled as well as one bill to update the school bus fleet, which is one of state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman’s […]

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Former Lancaster Co. animal shelter director facing charges

The former director of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter was charged Friday with breach of trust, according to an arrest warrant that alleges she admitted to using shelter funds to purchase meals and pay personal bills. Shandrieka Michelle Everall, 38, was charged this week following an investigation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), […]

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Congressman Gowdy named to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Rep. Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg, was named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Friday, the first South Carolina member of Congress to be on the panel. Media outlets report that Gowdy is appointed to the panel by House Republican leaders. He will continue to serve on three other committees: ethics, oversight and government […]

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State Treasurer furious about proposed changes to SC pension system

A legislative committee seeking solutions for a $25 billion gap in what South Carolina has promised its state employee retirees vs. what it has in assets are warning they’ll need to make expensive changes to fix it. The Joint Committee on Pension Review issued recommendations Tuesday… including increasing the amount that state government pays into […]

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Gov. Haley proposes more tax cuts as she prepares to leave

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley launched the legislative session Tuesday by again asking legislators to cut taxes. Haley’s roughly $8 billion proposal for state taxes, expected to be her sixth and final executive budget, calls for cutting both income and corporate taxes over the next decade. Her proposed phase-in would reduce revenue coming into state […]

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Some Legislators Hope 2017 Is The Year For Medical Marijuana In South Carolina

S.C. legislators are gearing up for another fight over a bill that would allow the legal use of medical marijuana in the Palmetto State. A half-dozen lawmakers Tuesday made their first order of business on the session’s opening day the unveiling of the S.C. Compassionate Care Act. The bill would allow South Carolinians with “debilitating […]

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New State Laws Effective With the New Year

Seven new laws passed by S.C. legislators last spring go into effect with the start of the new year. S.C. lawmakers passed a law meant to protect poor families who lack written property deeds from real estate speculators looking to buy up their land on the cheap. Named for the state senator slain in Charleston’s […]

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