State House Week

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  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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The S.C. House of Representatives approves next year's $8 Billion state budget package, and gun safety measures advance in the State Senate.

House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, and House members slamming state Senators for what they see as a lack of Senate action on the V.C. Summer Nuclear debacle. Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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Half way through the 2018 session of the S.C General Assembly, members of the House and Senate are at odds concerning the V.C. Summer Nuclear project, and the Senate has passed a bill re-instating the use of the 'electric chair' for death sentences.

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A major anti-abortion bill is headed for debate in the Senate, and work is underway on next year's almost nine-billion-dollar state budget.

Former Rep. Rick Quinn talking with news reporters at the Richland County Courthouse in Columbia, after his indictment in May, 2017.
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More fallout from the ongoing Statehouse corruption probe, and the S.C. Senate moves to give state regulators more time to consider SCANA Corp and Dominion Energy's request to continue to charge ratepayers for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project.

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This week the issue of the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project moved from the State House of Representatives to the Senate, and a controversial bill prohibiting cities and counties from banning plastic bags being sold is passed by the  House.

The S.C. House voted 119-1 this week to pass a bill that would temporarily halt customers of SCE&G from paying for the abandoned VC Summer Nuclear Project.
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The S.C. House this week passed what's expected to be the most important piece of legislation to be considered during the 2018  legislative session, a repeal of the 2007 Base Load Review Act.

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Gov. Henry McMaster delivers his first State of the State Address to the SC General Assembly, and as expected fallout from the V.C. Summer nuclear debacle is shaping up to be the dominant issue for this years' legislative session.

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Wintry weather cut this week's session of the SC General Assembly short, but lawmakers had plenty of questions for the CEO of Dominion Energy.  Domion Energy has proposed to buy SCANA Corp., the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas.

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State lawmakers returned to Columbia this week for the 2018 session of the S.C. General Assembly. Fallout from last summer's collapse of the V.C. Nuclear is expected to dominate this year's session.  Also, this week the House of Representatives wasted little time in overriding Gov. Henry McMaster's veto of some $20 million dollars for new school buses.

S.C. DOT Secretary Christy Hall watching the House of Representatives final vote on a $600 Million road funding bill.
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The S.C. General Assembly adjourns for the year, passing a critical road funding bill in the final hours.

Members of the House-Senate Conference Committee debating a road funding bill on May 4, 2017.
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With one week remaining before adjournment, the S.C. General Assembly still has some heavy lifting to do.

Hwy 17 Northbound near Hwy 174, April 18, 2016.

After three years of unsuccessful attempts, the S.C. Senate passes a road funding bill.

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With the adjournment clock ticking, the S.C. Senate is finally debating a bill to fix the state's deteriorating roads and bridges.

Again this year, the fate of a bill to fix state roads and bridges will be determined in the S.C. Senate.

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Gov. McMaster threatens to veto the proposed gas tax bill, and a bill allowing residents to openly carry a gun without a permit is approved in the House of Representatives.

The S.C. Senate failed to set the pending road funding bill for priority debate, thus putting its' chances for passage this year in jeopardy.

Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort speaking at Americans For Prosperity rally at the Statehouse on Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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Another handgun bill is up for debate in the S.C. House, and battle lines are being drawn in the Senate around an $800 Million road funding bill.

Next year's $8 Billion state budget has passed the House, and the Senate prepares to debate an $800 Million road funding measure.

Bills addressing the "Charleston Loophole" are introduced in the State Senate, and Gov. Henry McMaster toughens his stance on raising the gas tax.

Two major bills advanced this week in the S.C. General Assembly.

The South Carolina House of Representatives Chamber.
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Two key bills are up for debate next week at the State House: road funding and the state pension system.

Controversial bills dealing with concealed weapons and the legal processes surrounding controversial development projects are advancing in the S.C. General Assembly.

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Governor Henry McMaster says he will support a gas-tax funded roads bill only "as a last resort," and the General Assembly advances legislation to fix the state's ailing pension system.

More dire warnings on the status of S.C. roads and highways as the General Assembly begins considering road funding measures again this session.

Gov. Henry McMaster with his wife Peggy, and son Henry is sworn into office by S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty at the Statehouse on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
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Henry McMaster becomes Governor of South Carolina, and the State Senate elevates Sen. Kevin Bryant to the post of Lieutenant Governor.

S.C. Governor Nikki Haley is a step closer to being confirmed as the next United Nations Ambassador, and the State Supreme Court weighs in on the matter of the state's next Lieutenant Governor.

Archived video of Nikki Haley's confirmation hearing.

Gov. Nikki Haley giving her State of the State Address, Wednesday night.

S.C. Governor Nikki Haley bids farewell to the General Assembly.

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    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.