State House Week

Fridays: 6:45 am, 8:45 am, 1:33 pm, 4:44 pm

  State House Week, with host Russ McKinney, focuses on the House of Representatives and Senate sessions, House and Senate committee meetings, public hearings and other South Carolina Government events.

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Gov. Nikki Haley giving her State of the State Address, Wednesday night.
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S.C. Governor Nikki Haley bids farewell to the General Assembly.

Russ McKinney
Rob Sprankle

    The 2017 session of the S.C. General Assembly begins Jan. 10th with lawmakers facing a number of un-answered questions.

This year’s session of the S.C. General Assembly has come to an end.  In the final days state lawmakers finally passed a major roads funding bill.  Russ McKinney has this round up of the week of this year's session.

With one week remaining in the 2016 legislative session, many priority matters for this year remain un-settled.  Russ McKinney gives us the rundown on this week in South Carolina politics and what to expect in the final week of the legislative session.  

A flooded field in rural South Carolina, in October, 2015.
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  This week the South Carolina House and Senate each voted to override Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of a bill to help farmers who suffered losses in the counties that were declared Disaster Areas in October's floods.

  The S.C. House of Representatives Tuesday voted to override Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of a $40 million Farm Aid Bill. The bill is to provide state assistance to South Carolina farmers who were hard hit during last fall's major flooding. South Carolina Public Radio's Russ McKinney has more on the House action.

With only a few weeks left in this legislative session, this week has seen a flurry of action on various gun bills in the South Carolina General Assembly.  Host Russ McKinney has this look back on the week in the South Carolina Legislature.

Next years' $7.5 Billion state budget has now passed the House and the Senate, and final passage of a farm aid bill could set-up a veto fight between the legislature and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Russ McKinney reports on the week in the South Carolina Legislature.

After four years, the South Carolina Senate passes a legislative ethics reform package, and there's new hope for a roads funding bill for this year’s session.  Host Russ McKinney gives us an update on happenings in the South Carolina Legislature.

The SC House is working to improve funding for poor, rural public school districts, and the Senate advances a new road funding bill.  Russ McKinney has this update from the South Carolina Legislature.

  

This week in the General Assembly, a roads bill is on life-support, and the Senate continues to debate ethics reforms.

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On this week's episode of State House Week, the South Carolina Senate is again debating a legislative ethics bill, but its’ fate is up in the air.  Host Russ McKinney, outlines the week in South Carolina politics. 

  In this week’s edition of State House Week, Russ McKinney takes a look at how some of the state’s small, rural counties are struggling financially. The House and Senate were on an Easter furlough this week.

The South Carolina  House passes a new state budget; the number one priority of this budget is funding for  the state's roads and bridges.  Russ McKinney has the roundup of this week in the South Carolina Legislature.

On this episode of State House Week, host Russ McKinney reports that the S.C. House of Representatives is considering the Senate’s action on a roads bill, and state senators debate a bill to restrict Syrian refugees relocating in the state.

After nearly a year of debate, the South Carolina Senate has passed a roads funding bill, and a new abortion law is about to take effect.  Russ McKinney has these headlines in this edition of State House Week.

On this edition of State House Week, Russ McKinney looks at a breakthrough for a roads funding bill in the SC Senate and passage of a new gun rights bill in the House.

Sen. Harvey Peeler via Twitter

 

In this week's episode of State House Week, Russ McKinney discusses the ongoing Senate debate on funding road repairs and takes a look at the state's budget for next year.

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The debate to fund repairs for SC roads and bridges continues.  In this episode of State House Week, Russ McKinney  discusses Senator Tom Davis' filibuster on a bill for more money  to repair South Carolina's roads and bridges.

In this episode of State House Week, Russ McKinney reviews action in the SC Senate on roads funding, and reports on a house bill aimed at helping state farmers who suffered losses during last fall’s flooding. 

In this week's episode of State House Week, host Russ McKinney discusses the election of a new member of the SC Supreme Court, and some state senators complain that the plan to fund repairs to South Carolina roads is moving much too slow.

This week on 'State House Week," host Russ McKinney gives us an update on events in the South Carolina legislature.  The SC State Senate is finally beginning to craft legislation to fund road and bridge repairs, and to restrict the re-location of Syrian refugees in the state.

Governor Haley outlines her plans to improve public education, and fight domestic violence in her annual State of the State Address.

This week Russ McKinney looks at the Governor’s sixth State of the State report to the General Assembly.

The 2016 session of the South Carolina General Assembly is underway.   Russ McKinney looks at the key issues that will be debated, and takes a look ahead to Gov. Nikki Haley’s upcoming State of the State speech.

In this first episode of State House Week for the 2016 legislative session, host Russ McKinney previews some of the topics we should expect the  S.C. General Assembly to tackle this year.

Russ McKinney recaps an historic week at the South Carolina State House which culminated in the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the capitol grounds to the Confederate Relic Room and Millitary Museum.

  

The Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina State House, July 9, 2015.
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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s signed into law Thursday afternoon a bill that removes the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House.

With the shooting deaths of nine African-American worshipers in Charleston’s Emanuel A. M. E. Church on June 17th, and the discovery later that week that the accused gunman, Dylan Roof, now in custody, had posted on-line pictures of himself with the Confederate Battle Flag along with a racist “manifesto,” a growing, public opinion against the display of the flag at the State House memorial for the Confederate dead  resulted in Thursday afternoon’s event. The bill, approved by the South Carolina Legislature, removes the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. Final passage of the bill came early Thursday morning.

The flag will be lowered Friday morning at 10:00 am.

Archived broadcast coverage of Haley's signing here...


  The State Legislature will take up debate Monday on whether or not to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds. A two-thirds vote in each body is required to pass a removal bill and send it to the Governor. Russ McKinney has more.


Russ McKinney looks at an extraordinary week at the Statehouse as the General Assembly appears to move toward removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.


A somber atmosphere descended on the State House this week following the tragic death of Jasper County Senator Clementa Pinckney.

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