May 18, 2020 •

South Carolina Legislature Recesses Until September

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On May 12, the South Carolina Legislature met to approve a resolution allowing the state to continue to spend money until the budget can be addressed later this year. In addition to the budget and any potential legislation regarding the […]

On May 12, the South Carolina Legislature met to approve a resolution allowing the state to continue to spend money until the budget can be addressed later this year.

In addition to the budget and any potential legislation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legislature may take up any legislation that has passed either the House or the Senate during the fall session.

As of May 14, the Legislature stands recessed until September 15

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May 1, 2020 •

South Carolina General Assembly Set to Reconvene on May 12

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South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas and Senate President Harvey Peeler announced the General Assembly will reconvene on May 12. The leaders made the announcement in a joint letter. The General Assembly is expected to pass bills allowing them to […]

South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas and Senate President Harvey Peeler announced the General Assembly will reconvene on May 12.

The leaders made the announcement in a joint letter.

The General Assembly is expected to pass bills allowing them to take up a number of matters in a special session.

Additionally, the General Assembly will work to extend the time to pass a budget.

This work was set to be completed when they reconvened on April 8.

However, a public disagreement over restrictions on Santee Cooper led to a failure to come to an agreement.

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April 9, 2020 •

South Carolina Legislature Unable to Agree on Spending Legislation

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On April 8, the Legislature met for a single day to approve funding legislation to ensure the state can continue operating for the next fiscal year. Despite unanimous passage in the House, debate in the Senate led to an amendment […]

On April 8, the Legislature met for a single day to approve funding legislation to ensure the state can continue operating for the next fiscal year.

Despite unanimous passage in the House, debate in the Senate led to an amendment being passed late in the afternoon after the House had adjourned.

The House and Senate also failed to come to an agreement about convening a special session later in the year after the legislative session ends on May 14.

The House will have to reconvene by the May 14 constitutional deadline or convene a special session prior to the end of the fiscal year on June 30 to avoid the state being left unable to spend money.

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April 3, 2020 •

South Carolina Legislature Set to Meet on April 8

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The South Carolina Legislature is set to return on April 8 for a single day. The session is being called to consider a continuing resolution concerning state funding. Additionally, lawmakers will consider a resolution allowing the Legislature to adjourn sine […]

The South Carolina Legislature is set to return on April 8 for a single day.

The session is being called to consider a continuing resolution concerning state funding.

Additionally, lawmakers will consider a resolution allowing the Legislature to adjourn sine die.

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March 16, 2020 •

South Carolina Governor Postpones County Elections

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On Sunday March 15, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has announced all county elections will be postponed until after May 1. Additionally, this announcement comes will a list of measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19. These guidelines include […]

On Sunday March 15, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has announced all county elections will be postponed until after May 1.

Additionally, this announcement comes will a list of measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

These guidelines include the closing of all schools within the state for the remainder of March.

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January 20, 2020 •

South Carolina Governor Proposes Registration Requirements for Local Lobbyists

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Gov. Henry McMaster released a budget proposal with a provision to expand state lobbying laws to cover local lobbying of county, city, and town councils. The proposal would also double the current lobbyist registration fee from $100 to $200. The […]

Gov. Henry McMaster released a budget proposal with a provision to expand state lobbying laws to cover local lobbying of county, city, and town councils.

The proposal would also double the current lobbyist registration fee from $100 to $200.

The fee increase would allow the State Ethics Commission to strengthen its investigative and enforcement activities.

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June 27, 2019 •

South Carolina Lawmakers Return for a One-day Special Session

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South Carolina lawmakers met for a one-day special session June 25 to review several bills Gov. Henry McMaster recently vetoed. The special session was held to consider Gov. McMaster’s 28 budget vetoes worth approximately $41 million. Additionally, lawmakers considered a […]

South Carolina lawmakers met for a one-day special session June 25 to review several bills Gov. Henry McMaster recently vetoed.

The special session was held to consider Gov. McMaster’s 28 budget vetoes worth approximately $41 million.

Additionally, lawmakers considered a bill which allowed erasing of a public disorderly conduct charge for first offenders under certain conditions.

Lawmakers aren’t expected to return to the State House until session reconvenes in January.

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June 11, 2019 •

South Carolina Announces Special Election to fill House Vacancy

A special primary election will take place on July 30 followed by a special election on October 1 to fill a vacancy in House District 84. The seat is vacant after former Rep. Ronnie Young passed away in May. A […]

A special primary election will take place on July 30 followed by a special election on October 1 to fill a vacancy in House District 84.

The seat is vacant after former Rep. Ronnie Young passed away in May.

A special primary runoff election is scheduled for August 31.

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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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