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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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.

Failure to pass next year’s State Budget bill brings the General Assembly back to Columbia for a  special legislative session.  Host Russ McKinney outlines what lawmakers hope to accomplish in this special session.

Governor Haley signed into law a new Domestic Violence Bill.  However lawmakers left Columbia without taking action on a number of important matters.  Host Russ Mckinney discusses these items and more as this year’s regular session of the S.C. General Assembly ends.

State House Week host Russ McKinney discusses the debate over new tax revenue and road repair  in the final days of this year’s legislative session.

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This week on State House Week, host Russ McKinney discusses how the roads debate continues to dominate the S.C. Senate.

In this episode of State House Week, host Russ McKinney discusses the Governor's announcement that Volvo cars is coming to the state and the continuing debate on roads repairs at the SC Statehouse.

As the State Senate debated next year’s budget, road repair issues seemed to hover over the chamber.  Russ McKinney discusses this week in the South Carolina Legislature.

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With 15 legislative days left in this year's session, chances for passage of some priority bills are slipping away.  Host Russ McKinney outlines what plans are in the final days of this legislative session.

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This week on Statehouse Week host Russ McKinney discusses the Senate's Finance Committee advancing a budget package that includes a $237 million borrowing bill.

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Host Russ McKinney discusses the two major pieces of legislation that passed in the DC House this week.

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Host Russ McKinney discusses two old environmental issues that have come to life again at the Statehouse.

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Legislation strengthening the State Grand Jury becomes law as this year's session of the General Assembly hits the halfway mark.  Host Russ McKinney discusses the week in the South Carolina Legislature.

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This week saw its share of political discord at the Statehouse.  Russ McKinney discusses plans in both the House and Senate to fix the state's crumbling roads.

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Today on Statehouse Week: the South Carolina House is poised to take-up road repairs and gas tax.

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This week, host Russ McKinney discusses roads and ethics reform, the two issues that are priorities for the annual legislative session.

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Host Russ McKinney discusses the General Assembly's ongoing plans to deal with the financial problems at S.C. State University.

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Host Russ McKinney discusses bills in both the House and Senate that would increase penalties for Criminal Domestic Violence.

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Host Russ McKinney discusses the progress of next year's state budget.

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Host Russ McKinney discusses this week in the South Carolina legislature.

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Host Russ McKinney looks back at this week in the South Carolina General Assembly.

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  Host Russ McKinney discusses the legislature's plans to repair South Carolina's roads.

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Russ McKinney looks at the highlights of Governor Nikki Haley's fifth State of the State address.

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