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DOA Legislation Dead This Year, Bill Conferees Say

June 27, 2013, 8 a.m. by Curt Olson

Restructuring South Carolina state government will have to wait until next year, say two lawmakers on a committee assigned to work out differences on a key bill.

DOA Bill Conferees Unable to Resolve Differences in First Meeting

June 6, 2013, 8:15 a.m. by Curt Olson

House and Senate conference committee members who met for the first time Wednesday afternoon on a bill that would restructure state government have significant differences about who should have the authority to purchase goods and services, and allow agency deficits.

Projected Taxpayer Tab for Expanded 4K Program Much Larger Than Original Estimate

May 6, 2013, 8 a.m. by Kelli Weston

An advancing S.C. Senate proposal aimed at expanding the state’s full-day, 4-year-old kindergarten program could cost tens of millions more than what has been publicly disclosed, according to The Nerve’s review of a revised state estimate.

House Bill Emerges To Restructure State Government

March 6, 2013, 8 a.m. by Curt Olson

A new government-restructuring bill in the S.C. House Representatives would move state-purchasing control to the new Department of Administration under the governor and abolish the longstanding Budget and Control Board and recently created Public Employee Benefit Authority.

 

New State Agency Not Under Governor’s Control

March 4, 2013, 8 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Despite all the talk in the Legislature about giving the governor more control over the executive branch, South Carolina’s newest state agency is largely unaccountable to the Palmetto State’s chief executive.

Will Senate Bill to Abolish Infrastructure Bank Gain Traction?

Jan. 24, 2013, 8 a.m. by Curt Olson

Despite a Senate bill that would eliminate the controversial S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank as a separate state agency, that idea received no attention in a hearing Wednesday before a House budget-writing subcommittee.

Will ‘Bobby Bucks’ Taint Possible Ethics Probe?

Jan. 15, 2013, 8 a.m. by Ron Aiken

A review by The Nerve found that all five Republican members of the S.C House Ethics Committee, which might be called on to investigate possible campaign-violation allegations involving House Speaker Bobby Harrell, each has accepted campaign contributions from a political action committee associated with Harrell.

Midlands Senators Receive Hotel, Meal Payments Totaling Tens of Thousands

Dec. 31, 2012, 6 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

From January through November this year, 11 Midlands senators received a total of nearly $98,000 in "subsistence" payments meant to cover hotel and food costs while the Legislature is in session, a review by The Nerve found.

Senators Propose Eliminating Joint Budget Hearings; Legal Opinion Sought

Dec. 20, 2012, 6 a.m. by Rick Brundrett

Three state senators have proposed repealing a longstanding law requiring that the Legislature's budget-writing committees hold joint public hearings on the governor's proposed budget.

Legislature Again Rejects Law to Ban Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying

June 13, 2012, 6 a.m. by Eric K. Ward

The S.C. General Assembly once again is tinkering with half-measures to address publicly funded lobbying, rather than driving a stake through the heart of a practice many taxpayers across the political spectrum find offensive.