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Job Fairs Scheduled to Help Laid Off Nuclear Workers

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has launched a new project aimed at helping the thousands of workers who lost jobs due to the Nuclear Reactor decision. SCANA and Santee Cooper Utilities halted construction Monday on the reactors, which are located at the VC Summer Nuclear plant. The decision left thousands of workers out of a job. McMaster…

Governor Signs Offender Supervision Specialist Bill

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)- With the stroke of a pen Governor Henry McMaster signed a new bill into law Tuesday. The Offender Supervision Act is aimed at helping keep a closer eye on offenders. The new law will help take some of the domestic violence work load off law enforcement. It provides funding to hire and train new case workers under…

Legislative Panel Reaches Budget Compromise

COLUMBIA, SC (AP)–A legislative panel has approved a budget compromise that begins shoring up the state pension system, spends $55 to upgrade K-12 schools, and provides $68 million for Hurricane Matthew cleanup costs. The agreement reached late Wednesday on a roughly $8 billion spending plan for state taxes ends weeks of negotiation. The full House and Senate are expected to…

Governor McMaster Signs New Freedom of Information Legislation

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–– Governor Henry McMaster signed a new bill into law Wednesday designed to remove a stumbling block from the Freedom of Information Act. The new law will require state government agencies to respond to public records requests within 10 days of receiving a request and produce the records within 30 days of determination. According to the Governor, “This bill is an…

State House: Budget Update

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina senators approved legislation to keep state government running if legislators can’t agree on a budget before the fiscal year starts. The Senate approved the continuing resolution 40-0 Tuesday without debate. Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman says it’s “simply to have a backstop” and he doesn’t expect it to be necessary. Before the regular…

GOP Runoff for 5th District Too Close to Call

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The runoff election for the Republican GOP nomination to replace Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina’s 5th District was too close to call Tuesday night, with the slightest or margins separating the contenders. The difference in votes between former lawmaker Ralph Norman and state legislator Tommy Pope was less than 1 percent, meaning a recount is automatic….

Lawmaker Responds to Misconduct Charges

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn says he’s done nothing wrong and will fight the misconduct charges against him. Quinn becomes the third South Carolina legislator since December suspended from office amid corruption allegations. House Speaker Jay Lucas suspended Quinn on Tuesday, as required by state law, following his indictment on two counts of misconduct in…

Attorney General Weighs In on Suspended Legislators Seats

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ South Carolina’s attorney general agrees the state Supreme Court can resolve questions over whether Gov. Henry McMaster should temporarily fill the seats of suspended legislators. Attorney General Alan Wilson says it’s “in the public interest” for the state’s highest court to directly take up the issue. But Wilson said in court documents filed Friday a lawsuit…

Open Records Law Bill in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Legislation closing loopholes in South Carolina’s open records law is poised to become law, but without a key provision that would have enabled the public to get data from obstinate government agencies without hiring a lawyer. The Senate on Thursday approved a bill designed to strengthen the public’s access to government records after stripping out a…