May 10, 2019 •

South Carolina Legislature Calls Statewide Session

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The 123rd General Assembly adjourned at 5 p.m. Thursday after approving a resolution allowing lawmakers to reconvene for a statewide session beginning May 20. Concurrent Resolution 785 provides that the General Assembly meet in a statewide session to consider special […]

The 123rd General Assembly adjourned at 5 p.m. Thursday after approving a resolution allowing lawmakers to reconvene for a statewide session beginning May 20.

Concurrent Resolution 785 provides that the General Assembly meet in a statewide session to consider special matters including any vetoes by Gov. Henry McMaster.

Additionally, the Assembly will consider bills that have passed both Houses in different versions and are in a conference committee.

The General Assembly will return at noon on May 20 and continue until not later than 5 p.m. on May 22.

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April 8, 2019 •

South Carolina Announces Special Election to Fill House District 19

A special election will take place on August 20 to fill a vacancy in House District 19. Rep. Dwight Loftis resigned to become a member of the state Senate, representing District 6. Loftis had represented District 19 for 23 years.

A special election will take place on August 20 to fill a vacancy in House District 19.

Rep. Dwight Loftis resigned to become a member of the state Senate, representing District 6.

Loftis had represented District 19 for 23 years.

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December 13, 2018 •

South Carolina Calls Special Election for House District 14

After a 16-year legislative career, state Rep. Mike Pitts will step down from his House District 14 seat on January 3, 2019. The first to announce his candidacy for the seat is Stewart Jones, a small business owner and former […]

After a 16-year legislative career, state Rep. Mike Pitts will step down from his House District 14 seat on January 3, 2019.

The first to announce his candidacy for the seat is Stewart Jones, a small business owner and former chairman of the Lakelands Republican Liberty Caucus.

The primary election to fill Pitts’ seat will take place on February 19, 2019, and the special election is scheduled for April 23, 2019.

If a runoff is needed, it will take place on March 5, 2019.

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November 13, 2018 •

South Carolina to Hold Special Election for Senate Seat

South Carolina will hold a special election to fill a vacant seat in Senate District 6 after William Timmons resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Congress. Filing for this special election will open at 12:00 p.m. on November […]

South Carolina will hold a special election to fill a vacant seat in Senate District 6 after William Timmons resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Congress.

Filing for this special election will open at 12:00 p.m. on November 30 and close at the same time on December 8.

Partisan primary elections will be held in 2019 on January 22, with runoffs scheduled for February 5. The special election will be held on March 26.

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November 7, 2018 •

Henry McMaster to Remain Governor of South Carolina

Republican Henry McMaster defeated Democrat James Smith to become governor of South Carolina. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, McMaster beat Smith 54 percent to 45 percent. McMaster is the former Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. He […]

Republican Henry McMaster defeated Democrat James Smith to become governor of South Carolina.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, McMaster beat Smith 54 percent to 45 percent.

McMaster is the former Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina.

He became governor of South Carolina in 2017 when Nikki Haley was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations.

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June 6, 2018 •

South Carolina Lawmaker Resigns After Entering Guilty Plea

State Sen. John Courson resigned from the South Carolina Legislature on Monday, June 4, after pleading guilty to willful misconduct and agreeing to cooperate with ongoing ethics investigations. Courson, a former Senate president pro tempore who served 33 years in […]

State Sen. John Courson resigned from the South Carolina Legislature on Monday, June 4, after pleading guilty to willful misconduct and agreeing to cooperate with ongoing ethics investigations.

Courson, a former Senate president pro tempore who served 33 years in the state Legislature, was indicted last year on multiple corruption charges stemming from his conversion of campaign money for personal use.

A special election will be called to fill the District 20 seat.

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May 21, 2018 •

South Carolina Legislature to Reconvene This Week for Two-Day Session

South Carolina lawmakers will return to the State House this week to deal with unfinished legislative business after legislators extended the 2018 sine die adjournment date for the General Assembly. Each house stands adjourned to meet in a two-day statewide […]

South Carolina lawmakers will return to the State House this week to deal with unfinished legislative business after legislators extended the 2018 sine die adjournment date for the General Assembly.

Each house stands adjourned to meet in a two-day statewide session beginning May 23 and another two-day session on June 27.

Following the June session, the General Assembly will stand in recess subject to the call of the speaker and president pro tempore.

Unless otherwise adjourned sine die at an earlier date, the 2018 session will adjourn sine not later than November 11, 2018.

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January 9, 2018 •

South Carolina Lawmakers Propose Ethics Reforms

As the legislative session begins this week, South Carolina legislators are proposing several reforms to increase transparency. An ongoing corruption probe has entered its fifth year, and six current or former lawmakers have been indicted thus far. Rep. Gary Clary […]

As the legislative session begins this week, South Carolina legislators are proposing several reforms to increase transparency.

An ongoing corruption probe has entered its fifth year, and six current or former lawmakers have been indicted thus far.

Rep. Gary Clary filed a bill that would require lawmakers to disclose any money they or their family members receive as part of an arrangement with an organization that lobbies state lawmakers.

Sens. William Timmons and Mike Fanning are sponsoring legislation that would grant the ethics commission direct access to campaign bank accounts, rather than lawmakers submitting reports on their political contributions and expenditures.

The session began on Tuesday, January 9.

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December 20, 2017 •

Special Election Called for South Carolina House District 69

A special election has been called for House District 69. The vacancy is a result of South Carolina Rep. Rick Quinn Jr. pleading guilty to corruption charges. The special election will be held on May 1. The special primary will […]

A special election has been called for House District 69.

The vacancy is a result of South Carolina Rep. Rick Quinn Jr. pleading guilty to corruption charges.

The special election will be held on May 1.

The special primary will be held on February 27, with a special primary run-off election scheduled for March 13, if necessary.

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September 6, 2017 •

South Carolina Lawmaker Resigns

State Rep. Jim Merrill resigned from the Legislature last week, just prior to appearing in court. He has been suspended from office since December, when he was indicted on two counts of misconduct in office and 28 counts of violating […]

State Rep. Jim Merrill resigned from the Legislature last week, just prior to appearing in court.

He has been suspended from office since December, when he was indicted on two counts of misconduct in office and 28 counts of violating state ethics laws. While many of the charges are misdemeanors, he could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Merrill is the second legislator to resign amid recent corruption charges. Former state House Speaker Bobby Harrell plead guilty in October 2014 to ethics-related charges and resigned.

Similar charges are currently pending against Rep. Rick Quinn and Sen. John Courson. Both remain suspended while awaiting trial.

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May 23, 2017 •

Special Election Called for South Carolina House District 31

There will be a special election held on September 26 to fill the seat for state House District 31. Rep. Harold Mitchell recently vacated the seat after serving 13 years in the South Carolina Legislature. He was granted medical leave […]

There will be a special election held on September 26 to fill the seat for state House District 31.

Rep. Harold Mitchell recently vacated the seat after serving 13 years in the South Carolina Legislature. He was granted medical leave in April but decided to resign shortly thereafter for health reasons.

A primary election, if necessary, will be held July 25, with the possibility of runoffs on August 8.

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May 23, 2017 •

South Carolina Special Legislative Session to Begin Today

South Carolina lawmakers scheduled a three-day special legislative session before adjourning the regular session on May 11. The special session is expected to begin today. Because state law requires it, House Speaker Jay Lucas will gavel it in but then […]

South Carolina lawmakers scheduled a three-day special legislative session before adjourning the regular session on May 11. The special session is expected to begin today.

Because state law requires it, House Speaker Jay Lucas will gavel it in but then likely adjourn an empty chamber.

He encouraged House members not to return for the session because there is no budget compromise to consider. He plans to call House members back when the budget panel, consisting of members from both chambers of the Legislature, has taken the time to complete its work and reach an agreement.

The 46 members of the Senate are expected to be present for the special session, as Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman has not indicated anything to the contrary.

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March 10, 2017 •

South Carolina Ethics Commission Names Interim Executive Director

Steve Hamm, attorney and former director of the South Carolina Consumer Affairs Department is now the interim director of the State Ethics Commission. He replaced Ami Franklin, who filled the role briefly following Herb Hayden’s retirement at the end of […]

hammSteve Hamm, attorney and former director of the South Carolina Consumer Affairs Department is now the interim director of the State Ethics Commission.

He replaced Ami Franklin, who filled the role briefly following Herb Hayden’s retirement at the end of last year.

Hamm will continue to serve as interim director while the commission is restructured. It is expected he will also oversee an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws.

Franklin has returned to her post as assistant director.

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February 20, 2017 •

South Carolina Special Elections to be Held June 20

Special elections will be held on June 20, 2017, to fill vacancies in South Carolina state House Districts 48 and 70, as well as in the state’s 5th congressional district. District 70 was left vacant last week following the death […]

South CarolinaSpecial elections will be held on June 20, 2017, to fill vacancies in South Carolina state House Districts 48 and 70, as well as in the state’s 5th congressional district.

District 70 was left vacant last week following the death of state Rep. Joseph Neal.

State Rep. Ralph Norman, representing District 48, resigned his seat last week to run for South Carolina’s 5th congressional district.

Former U.S. Rep Mick Mulvaney vacated his District 5 seat when he was confirmed as the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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