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Moms Demand Action volunteers hold annual advocacy day at State House

On Tuesday, dozens of South Carolina volunteers with Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety met with legislators as part of an annual advocacy day.

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) — On Tuesday, dozens of South Carolina volunteers with Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety met with legislators as part of an annual advocacy day. “We’re here to advocate for permit carrying; which does train, which does vet, and makes us far safer,” said Barbara Stowe, an Everytwon Survivor Fellow and volunteer with Moms Demand…

Senators mull bill that would ban anyone under 18 from using commercial tanning beds

A Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee chose to carry over the bill to their next meeting

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — A group of Senators listened to testimony from people concerning House Bill 3807, which if passed, would ban anyone under the age of 18 from using a commercial tanning bed. The bill is now in the hands of a Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee, which voted along party lines to keep working on the bill until it’s…

Teachers meet with lawmakers, give feedback on education reform bill

Several teachers are saying the bill should not be passed since it doesn't help teachers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) –Hundreds of teachers came to the State House Wednesday to have conversations with lawmakers about the state of public education in South Carolina. Several teachers spoke about, among other things, needing a Teachers Bill of Rights, which is something that has been discussed over the past week, but was put on hold Tuesday night and voted down…

SCDC Director requests $100 million from state lawmakers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The director of South Carolina prisons is asking for more than $100 million to upgrade security and raise employee salaries. Director Bryan Stirling appeared Wednesday before a panel of three House members for the first of about a half-dozen meetings about his request. Stirling wants a new electronic lock system to replace the physical key needed…

Lawmakers move education reform to top of priorities for legislative session

Senators voted to make the Education Reform bill (S.419) a top priority Tuesday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) –With lawmakers returning to the Capital City, there are several key issues that are going to be debated over the next few months. One of the biggest issues on the table is education reform, which Senators decided would be a top priority after voting to put the South Carolinaat the top of the Senate calendar. After a…

SC Governor Henry McMaster unveiling Executive Budget

Happening Now at the State House- The Governor unveils executive budget

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is releasing his proposed executive budget for the 2020 year. On Monday, Governor McMaster introduced his proposed executive budget for 2020-21 at the State House. McMaster says his budget addresses the $1.8 billion surplus, saying it’s important to reinvest that money in areas that directly benefit taxpayers. Governor McMaster says his budget…

SC Interfaith Community stands together in light of hate crimes

SC African-American Community, Jewish Community, and Interfaith Community stood together in solidarity against violence

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–At the State House on Monday an Interfaith group took a stand against hate. Monday, members of the State’s Interfaith Community stood together in light of recent attacks on Jewish community centers and other religious groups across the country. During the event, religious leaders called on lawmakers to pass hate crime legislation in South Carolina. Categories: Local News…

Lawmakers vote to send education reform bill to Senate floor

One amendment features an additional five days to start the school year

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) –A bill that calls for changes in education across the state is on its way to the Senate Floor. The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously Thursday to give a favorable review of the bill to their colleagues, setting up a larger debate once the legislature returns to session.] The committee discussed the bill and added amendments to…

Governor McMaster announces Vetoes, thanks Lawmakers

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)–Out of the State House, teamwork was the message this week as Governor Henry McMaster addressed his budget vetoes. On Wednesday, the governor announced 28 vetoes, totaling 41 million dollars in the state’s nine billion dollar budget. Most of those items were rejected because McMaster says the requesting lawmakers were not clear about where the money was going. The…