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Secretive House ‘Ethics-Reform’ Bill Would Decriminalize Ethics Violations

April 19, 2013

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Ethics

Public officials would no longer face criminal penalties for many state ethics violations under an S.C. House bill that wasn’t put in writing for the public to review until Thursday evening – a week after the legislation was first announced. The proposal to decriminalize ethics violations was not mentioned by lawmakers when they discussed the bill […]

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Department of Administration Bill Just ‘BCB-Lite,’ Lawmaker Says

April 19, 2013

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A state House panel Thursday approved an amended government-restructuring bill, though one lawmaker contended it would maintain the status quo with a form of the existing S.C. Budget and Control Board. “Let’s just call it what it is – the Budget and Control Board (BCB) – because it’s Budget and Control Board-lite,” said Rep. Rick […]

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‘Shell Bill’ Would Require Disclosure of Private Sources of Income

April 17, 2013

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An ethics-reform bill that had been a mystery until a House Judiciary subcommittee meeting Tuesday would, among other things, require lawmakers to disclose their private sources of income. The proposal (H. 3945) came the same day that the South Carolina Policy Council, the parent organization of The Nerve, launched Project Conflict Watch, a strategy aimed […]

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Obamacare ‘Nullification’ Bill Has No Teeth; Passes House Judiciary Committee

April 10, 2013

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The S.C. House Judiciary Committee voted 14-9 along party lines Tuesday to send an amended Obamacare “nullification” bill to the full House without any enforcement mechanism. “This bill (H. 3101) will not stop the (federal Patient Protection and) Affordable Care Act at the border of South Carolina at all,” Rep. James Smith, D-Richland, reminded Republicans. […]

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Bill Advances to Prevent the Mentally Ill from Buying Guns

March 22, 2013

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Handgun

A state House bill that would prevent the mentally ill from purchasing or possessing guns cleared another hurdle Thursday, while separate legislation that would allow concealed weapons in classrooms was tabled because of time constraints. Testifying before a House Judiciary subcommittee, Anna Murray, spokesperson for a group of concerned parents from Ashley Hall, a Charleston […]

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Does Amended House Bill Nullify S.C.’s Efforts to Nullify Obamacare?

March 21, 2013

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Grassroots Activists

Some grassroots activists in South Carolina are angry that the attitude of “doing-something-is-better-than nothing” has trumped all of the rallies and work that have gone into “nullifying” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.” “We’re not only fighting our legislators, we’re also fighting the Tenth Amendment Center,” said Talbert Black of […]

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GOP House Members Tight-Lipped About Harrell Controversy

February 20, 2013

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Bobby Harrell

Embattled House Speaker Bobby Harrell faced his colleagues for the first time Tuesday since state Attorney General Alan Wilson referred an ethics complaint against Harrell to the State Law Enforcement Division on Valentine’s Day. The legislative day proceeded without any public mention of the controversy, and GOP House members contacted Tuesday by The Nerve didn’t […]

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South Carolina Citizens Plead with Lawmakers to ‘Nullify’ Obamacare; Second Hearing Needed

February 7, 2013

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Obamacare

Fifteen states reportedly have current moves to “nullify” the impact of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in their states. South Carolina citizens had their turn Wednesday to start that process with testimony in a House Judiciary subcommittee on two bills. The three-hour time limit for the crowd of […]

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FOIA-Reform Bill Reintroduced in S.C. House

December 19, 2012

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Access Key

An S.C. House member on Tuesday reintroduced a bill proposing major reforms in the state’s open-records law, and added more enforcement teeth in his latest version. A controversial provision that would eliminate the exemption for state lawmakers’ working papers was not included in Rep. Bill Taylor’s latest bill (H. 3163). His initial bill bogged down […]

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Incumbent Midlands Lawmakers Won’t Give Up ‘Subsistence’ Payments

December 5, 2012

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S.C. Rep. Todd Rutherford lives less than two miles from the State House, yet if he attends two days of House organizational sessions this week in Columbia, he is eligible to receive $262 in expense payments meant  to cover hotel and food costs. The Richland County Democrat on Monday told The Nervethat while he doesn’t […]

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