South Carolina Policy Council Director of Research Jamie Murguia wonders why a spate of ethics-related bills in the South Carolina General Assembly are being touted as "ethics reform" bills.
Aerospace giant Boeing says it has 7,744 workers in South Carolina, including “full-time and part-time contingent labor,” according to its website.
Anyone who “wilfully” files a “groundless” ethics complaint against a South Carolina judge could face a maximum one-year prison sentence or a fine of up to $1,000 if convicted of the criminal misdemeanor charge, under a state House bill now in the Senate.
From 2007 through 2013, a medical supply company in which S.C. Rep. Murrell Smith is an owner received a total of more than $2.3 million in mainly Medicaid and state health insurance plan payments, according to his annual income-disclosure reports.
By the end of fiscal 2009, S.C. State University was running a deficit of nearly $5.7 million - an astronomical drop of 1,379 percent from the previous year - in its “unrestricted net assets,” or reserve funds that could be used by the 119-year-old school for any purpose.
A global engineering and construction firm that prepared a recent plan projecting about $70.5 billion in transportation needs in South Carolina to 2040 has received a total of nearly $13 million in state payments since fiscal 2012 – mainly from the S.C. Department of Transportation and State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, records show.
A government restructuring law that Gov. Nikki Haley long sought could cost at least $22 million more next fiscal year if lawmakers approve her proposed state budget, The Nerve found in a review of budget documents.
So far this legislative session, Rep. Kit Spires has filed seven bills, five of which are pharmacy-related.
Of the 22 judicial seats that the Legislature is scheduled to fill Wednesday, nine of them – including a seat on the state's second-highest court – are for unopposed incumbent judges nominated by a legislatively controlled screening committee without any public hearings, records show.
S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas has asked the state Supreme Court to reject a petition by a Lexington County woman seeking to stop Wednesday’s scheduled election of an incumbent circuit judge and have the state judicial screening committee declared unconstitutional.