Tag Archives: Rep. James Smith

Bill Could Give Arts Commission Secure Source of Funding

The head of the S.C. Arts Commission is taking a cautious approach regarding a recently introduced bill that could give his agency a steady source of revenue. Ken May, executive director of the commission, said one of the key components … Continue reading

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More Lawmakers Supporting Independence for Legislative Ethics

A third bill has been introduced to put the kibosh on ethics self-policing in the S.C. General Assembly, and the effort is now bipartisan. Rep. Boyd Brown, D-Fairfield, introduced the latest bill on Jan. 18. The legislation, H. 4634, would … Continue reading

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Can S.C.’s FOIA Law Be Strengthened?

A state legislator wants to toughen South Carolina’s loophole-riddled open records law, but a bill he introduced this year to fix those problems has gone nowhere, languishing since being referred to the House Judiciary Committee in mid-January. Rep. Bill Taylor, … Continue reading

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Still No Sign of $460M Incentive-Backed AQT Solar

More than eight months after a small, young California company announced it would locate a $460 million solar-cell manufacturing plant in Richland County, creating a purported 1,000 jobs over four years, the massive building it’s supposed to go in remains … Continue reading

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Legislators Warm to Solar Tax Incentives

State bills offering tax incentives to the solar energy industry are about as predictable as sunny days in the Palmetto State. So far this year, at least nine House or Senate bills have been introduced that would give income tax … Continue reading

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