Tag Archives: legislative delegations

Judicial panel hiding behind secrecy law

January 26, 2022

0 Comments

By RICK BRUNDRETT A legislatively controlled committee isn’t saying publicly why it found a longtime circuit court judge unqualified – and state law requires the secrecy. The six-legislator, 10-member Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC) on Dec. 1 voted 9-0 not to qualify Horry County circuit judge Steven John, who has been on the bench since […]

Continue reading...

Ex-House member top candidate for judgeship?

January 19, 2022

0 Comments

By RICK BRUNDRETT Next month, the Horry County legislative delegation could recommend one of three master-in-equity judicial candidates to the governor for appointment to the six-figure seat. One of the candidates is former state Rep. Alan Clemmons, a Myrtle Beach attorney who was a longtime member of the Horry County delegation before his unexpected resignation […]

Continue reading...

Legislative delegations control state grants totaling millions for local rec projects

September 22, 2021

0 Comments

By RICK BRUNDRETT Since 2017, powerful county legislative delegations have approved a total of more than $8 million in state grants for hundreds of local recreation projects in South Carolina, records show. And as of mid-July, the delegations, made up of state House and Senate members representing a county, collectively had $5 million more available […]

Continue reading...

Legislative infighting: Inside a dysfunctional delegation

September 16, 2021

0 Comments

By RICK BRUNDRETT In South Carolina, county legislative delegations – made up of state House and Senate members representing a county – have considerable power on their home turfs. As The Nerve has pointed out, delegations make appointments to various local boards and committees, including school boards in some counties and most county transportation committees, […]

Continue reading...

Counties still paying lawmakers for ‘phantom’ delegation offices

July 29, 2021

0 Comments

By RICK BRUNDRETT Last year, S.C. Sen. Kent Williams of Marion County reported receiving a collective $17,060 in legislative delegation payments from neighboring Dillon and Florence counties, parts of which are in his Senate district. Another longtime lawmaker, Rep. Jackie Hayes of Dillon County, received $12,500 in 2020 – the same amount paid to Williams […]

Continue reading...

House member quit suddenly last year; now a judicial candidate. Coincidence?

July 27, 2021

0 Comments

south carolina judicial department, judiciary

By RICK BRUNDRETT What a difference a year can make – especially if you’re a state lawmaker. In unexpectedly resigning his longtime House seat last July after winning the Republican primary, Alan Clemmons, a Myrtle Beach attorney, said in an affidavit to the State Election Commission that he was withdrawing from the general election because […]

Continue reading...

State, county websites offer scant information on legislative delegations

July 16, 2021

0 Comments

By RICK BRUNDRETT If you want to learn what your county legislative delegation is up to, you likely won’t find much – if any – information on county government websites or the state Legislature’s website. The state Supreme Court in 1996 ruled that legislative delegations, made up of senators and House members representing a county, […]

Continue reading...

Legislative delegations skirting state open-meetings law

July 14, 2021

0 Comments

By RICK BRUNDRETT One day last month, state lawmakers representing Greenville County held separate meetings in a legislative building on the State House grounds in downtown Columbia – about 103 miles from Greenville – to discuss certain county board appointments that they control, as well as rules governing their delegation meetings. In the smaller Darlington […]

Continue reading...

Taxpayers on hook for road- and bridge-naming legislation

May 14, 2021

0 Comments

SC Statehouse

BY RICK BRUNDRETT S.C. lawmakers routinely approve naming road sections and bridges for living or deceased persons, including ex-legislators and other former public officials. Not only does it take up a lot of collective time that could be spent working on larger, more pressing issues, but it also comes with a cost to taxpayers – […]

Continue reading...

Lawmakers pushing for more power in home counties

April 21, 2021

0 Comments

By RICK BRUNDRETT State lawmakers are continuing to push bills that would increase legislative delegations’ powers over local K-12 schools and other public agencies in their home counties. Today, for example, the House Education and Public Works Committee, chaired by Rep. Rita Allison, R-Spartanburg, is scheduled to consider a Senate bill that would allow a […]

Continue reading...