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SC Public Policy Update - February 2017

What's New - JUDICIAL ELECTIONS - Legislators officially elected Judge George “Buck” James as the next South Carolina Supreme Court justice on Wednesday during a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday....more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2017 #3

What's New - JUDICIAL ELECTIONS - A Joint Assembly is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 1, at noon for the election of a number of judges, including a race for a vacant seat on the South Carolina...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2017 #2

What's New - SENATE - The Senate spent the week working at the committee level in an effort to move bills to the floor for debate. Members will return to meeting in regular session on Tuesday, January 24th....more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2017

What's New - Members of the South Carolina General Assembly returned to Columbia on Tuesday, January 10th, to begin the first year of the 122nd Legislative Session. The top priorities facing lawmakers entering the new...more

SC Public Policy Update - December 2016 #2

NOTE: Below is a revised copy of the SC Public Policy Update on the House and Senate reorganization due to an unintended omission of the House portion of the Update. We apologize for any inconvenience. ...more

SC Public Policy Update - December 2016

What's New - HOUSE AND SENATE ORGANIZATIONAL SESSION - Senate Rule Change - The Senate held its reorganization session on December 6, 2016. After hearing speeches from new members, the Senate took up and...more

SC Public Policy Update - November 2016

2016 General Elections - HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONTESTED RACES: District 3 – Pickens County: ..Gary Clary – Republican (i) 83.54% ..Travis McCurry –Libertarian 15.95%...more

11/9/2016  /  General Elections

SC Public Policy Update - June 2015 #2

What's New - The General Assembly met for their last week of this year’s legislative session. Legislators spent most of the week working through their respective calendars and trying to pass out bills before the Thursday...more

6/9/2015  /  Abortion , Oil Prices , Roads , State Budgets , Uber , Volvo

SC Public Policy Update - June 2015

What's New - The House of Representatives and Senate spent most of the week debating bills in the waning days of this year’s legislative session....more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2015 #4

What's New - The House of Representatives and Senate spent this week trying to get through their calendars before the end of the legislative session. The General Assembly only has six legislative days remaining this...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2015 #3

What's New - The Senate and House of Representatives were in session this week and held subcommittee and committee meetings. There are 9 legislative days left in the regular session. The General Assembly needs to...more

5/19/2015  /  Appropriations Bill , Volvo

SC Public Policy Update - May 2015 #2

What's New - The Senate spent the week debating the State Budget. Earlier in the week, numerous bills were reported from committees and placed on the Calendar. Senators worked quickly through the uncontested...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2015

What's New - The House of Representatives and Senate spent most of the week working long hours to pass bills before the May 1st crossover deadline....more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2015 #2

HOUSE - The House of Representatives spent the last two weeks working in committees and trying to get bills passed out of the House prior to the May 1st cross-over deadline. For a bill to be considered during this...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2015

What's New - The Senate had a very short week before adjourning on Wednesday for Easter Break. They will return on Tuesday, April 14th. The House of Representatives was out all week and will also return on April 14th....more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2015: The House cleared the calendar in preparation for a two week furlough until after Easter...

What's News - The House of Representatives had a busy week, debating various bills. The House cleared the calendar in preparation for a two week furlough until after Easter. They will convene again at 10:00 on Tuesday,...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2015 #3

What's New - On Tuesday, the House amended and gave final reading to the General Appropriations and Capital Reserve Fund Bills. Several House members took to the House floor to discuss their opinions of the budget....more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2015: After a long week of debate, the House adopted its version of the budget last Thursday night...

What's New - After a long week of debate, the House adopted its version of the budget last Thursday night. The Budget included $7 billion in spending. However, a proposal to borrow $500 million for building projects...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2015: After weeks of delays and cancellations due to inclement weather across the state, the...

What's New - After weeks of delays and cancellations due to inclement weather across the state, the General Assembly finally had a full week debating and passing bills and working in committees....more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2015 #4: The Senate spent most of the week continuing their discussion of S.3, the domestic...

What's New - The House of Representatives and Senate were in session on Tuesday and Wednesday but canceled session on Thursday due to inclement weather across the State. The Senate spent most of the week continuing...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2015 #3

What's New - Even after starting late because of inclement weather in the Upstate, the House of Representatives and Senate were in session this week and also held subcommittees and committees meetings....more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2015 #2

What's New - The House of Representatives spent most of the week debating, H.3114, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which was ultimately passed on Thursday. The bill bans abortions at 20 weeks of...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2015 #1

What's New - The House met this week in session, but spent most of their time holding committee meetings. Some of the bills that passed the House this week include...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2015 #3: The House started the week receiving a number of regulations and bill introductions...

What's New - HOUSE: The House started the week receiving a number of regulations and bill introductions. The Joint Transportation Review Committee's Final Report of Qualifications was received....more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2015 #2: The House and Senate again spent most of their week doing committee work and only had...

What's New - The House and Senate again spent most of their week doing committee work and only had short perfunctory sessions. Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) stated that because of the committee work, there will be...more

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