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Senate Bill Seeks to Make Top Insurance Post an Elected Position

Five years after Grand Strand legislators failed in a bid to change the S.C. Department of Insurance director’s office to an elected position from an appointed post, one of the lawmakers involved in that effort is back at it. Sen. … Continue reading

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Effort Grows to End Legislative Fox Guarding Ethics Henhouse

Legislation to end the practice of state lawmakers policing themselves in ethics matters is now pending in both chambers of the S.C. General Assembly. Freshman Rep. Kevin Ryan – R-Georgetown and, at 23, perhaps the youngest member of the Legislature … Continue reading

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State’s Top Court Asked to Remove Legislators from Aviation Authority

The S.C. Supreme Court has been asked to determine whether a 2007 law that appointed two state legislators to the Charleston County Aviation Authority, which owns Charleston International Airport, violates the state constitution. The five-member high court, if it accepts … Continue reading

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Legislature Again Ignores Budget Law

If you go to the Office of State Budget website, you will see proposed 2012-13 budgets for 93 state agencies, divisions and separate funds. What you won’t see are next fiscal year’s proposed budgets for the S.C. Senate and House … Continue reading

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Legislature Intent on Tax Reform? Oh Really?

If the best indication of how people will behave in the future is how they have acted in the past, a claim South Carolina legislative leaders make in a lawsuit against sales tax exemptions is questionable, at best. And perhaps … Continue reading

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Embattled Ex-Judge Not Done Hearing Foreclosure Cases

Although Dorchester County has a new master-in-equity judge, the former longtime judge who resigned over allegations he mishandled foreclosure cases says he expects to continue hearing such cases as a “special referee.” “I’ll probably still do some special referee cases,” … Continue reading

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‘Army Wives’ Incentives Rerun in the Works

A year ago, actors Catherine Bell and Kim Delaney, stars of the popular cable television drama “Army Wives,” visited the S.C. State House to make their case that their show, filmed in Charleston, couldn’t survive without extra taxpayer-funded incentives. A … Continue reading

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‘Other’ Funds Transparency Bills Slows

Proposed legislation aimed at bringing more transparency and accountability to a huge chunk of the state budget traditionally ignored by lawmakers isn’t making much headway so far this legislative session. “Other” funds – typically fees and fines – make up … 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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