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South Carolina legislators sent two ethics bills to Gov. Nikki Haley yesterday. One bill requires officeholders to report private sources of income. The other requires the State Ethics Commission to independently investigate complaints against lawmakers. House and Senate ethics committees […]

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The second regular session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly adjourned Thursday, June 2. The Legislature is expected to return for a special session on Wednesday, June 15, and may continue in statewide session, if necessary, until not later […]

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A special election will be held May 17 for South Carolina State Senate District 4. If necessary, a primary election will take place on March 22, and a primary runoff will take place on April 5. The seat was left […]

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South Carolina Sen. Billy O’Dell died of a heart attack at the age of 77. The fiscally liberal Republican was due to file for reelection in March 2016 for an eighth term in office. Pending senate notification, the South Carolina […]

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The South Carolina Department of Transportation is instituting a new rule regarding employees who leave state employment to work for state contractors. The new policy will prohibit former employees from working on new road construction projects for 365 days after […]

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The first regular session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly adjourned Thursday, June 4, without reaching an agreement on a budget for the state’s next fiscal year. The legislature will return to Columbia for a three-day special session starting […]

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Ethics reform is again in the hands of the Senate after the House voted overwhelmingly to overhaul ethics laws. House Bill 3722 would give the State Ethics Commission authority to investigate legislators, would amend certain unconstitutional campaign finance definitions, and […]

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The State Ethics Commission has a new attorney following the departure of Cathy Hazelwood to the Department of Education at the end of 2014. Michael Burchstead is the commission’s new general counsel after leaving his post as an assistant attorney […]

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Gov. Nikki Haley and state House Speaker Jay Lucas are attempting to revive ethics reform after the Senate voted down a bill to overhaul ethics laws. Lucas expects the House to pass and send to the Senate an omnibus ethics […]

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Jay Jordan has won the Republican primary for the vacant seat in House District 63. Unofficial results have Jordan with 1,927 votes, Robby Hill with 1,076, and Elijah Jones with 517. No Democrats filed to run in the special election […]

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The Senate has voted down a bill to overhaul ethics laws. Senate Bill 1 failed by a 19 to 24 vote on Wednesday, February 11. The main issue Senators could not agree on was whether lawmakers should be involved in […]

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The State Ethics Commission is losing an influential attorney who was recently silenced by the commission’s director. Attorney Cathy Hazelwood said she will leave the commission after 15 years of service to work at the Department of Education under Republican […]

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Republican Rep. Kris Crawford has vacated his seat in House District 63, a month after being elected unopposed to a fifth term. Crawford said the commute to the state capital and his professional duties as a physician were wearing him […]

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A state House study panel considering ethics reforms has endorsed legislation to remove lawmakers’ ability to police themselves on legal issues. A similar bill failed in the Senate during the last legislative session. The draft proposal unanimously approved by the […]

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