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State Budget Debate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – It’s budget week in the South Carolina House. Debate opened Monday on the Ways and Means Committee’s roughly $8 billion spending plan for state taxes. It includes $150 million to begin shoring up the state’s pension system for public workers and $82 million to cover Hurricane Matthew cleanup costs. The budget proposal for the fiscal year…

House Vote Clears Path for Medical Marijuana Debate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A bill legalizing medical marijuana could be facing some changes as it gains support in the State House. A house panel voted 3-0 on Tuesday after hearing dozens of stories from patients and their family members. The testimonies detailed how marijuana can relieve suffering from chronic pain, severe epilepsy, PTSD and other ailments. The bill’s sponsor,…

Exclusive Series: Senator ‘Optimistic’ About Possibility of Legal Medical Marijuana

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – The lead sponsor of this session’s medical marijuana bill says it’s not a matter of if, but when the plant will be legalized for medicinal use in South Carolina. Senator Tom Davis, a Republican from Beaufort, sits on the Senate Medical Affairs Committee, which is tasked with getting the S.212, or the S.C. Compassionate Care Act,…

SC Pension System Proposal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Legislators are advancing a proposal aimed at shoring up South Carolina’s pension system for current employees. But they warn additional fixes are coming that may drastically alter benefits offered to future employees. A House panel advanced a bill Tuesday that increases employers’ contribution rates by 7 percentage points over the next six years, requiring them to…

Pastors Converge on the State House

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Tuesday pastors from across the state gathered at the State House for the first “Pastor’s Day at the State House” event. Dozens of pastors started the day  at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Building before heading to talk with Lawmakers. Organizers say their goal was to connect with lawmakers and offer spiritual support. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster was…

Exclusive Series: Family Calls for Legalization of Medical Marijuana

IRMO, S.C. (WOLO) – As the legislature prepares to address the issue of medical marijuana, one Irmo family says their daughter’s life is at stake. Tom and Mandy Keefer have four children. Their youngest, Raelyn, has a rare genetic disorder that’s frozen her with the mental capacity of an infant. In her three years of life, she’s also faced enormous struggles…

SC Senate overrides Governor’s Farm Bill Veto

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina farmers will get $40 million in state aid to help them pay for crops ruined by last year’s massive flood. The Senate voted 39-3 on Wednesday to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of the farm aid bill. The House voted 112-2 a day before. The votes are a sharp rebuke of a rare second-term…

Clean Water Day

COLUMBIA, SC ( WOLO ) – – Clean Water Day is Tuesday at the State House. Organizers will be on hand to talk about the clean water act and the importance of clean water in our State. Representatives from DHEC and lawmakers are attending the 11:30am event. Categories: Local News, News Tags: SC State House

Watch: Wednesday Headlines

Columbia, SC (WOLO)– Here’s a look at news making headlines Wednesday morning. Out of the State House Veterans will rally from 10am-1pm Wednesday. Roads and construction funding will be up for debate at the State House. Lawmakers are working on a plan to fund projects. Also happening today at 2pm Governor Nikki Haley and Local Sheriff’s from across the area…