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SC Public Policy Update - April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016

What's New

SENATE

The Senate took furlough this week and did not meet in statewide session. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, April 5th, at noon.

HOUSE

The budget as passed by the House of Representatives last week is now available online. Click here to access budget documents.

The House is currently taking a two week furlough period and will reconvene Tuesday, April 12th, at noon.

Top News Articles

Special Prosecutor says attorney general can’t fire him from corruption probe
Attorney General Alan Wilson ousted special prosecutor David Pascoe, the 1st Judicial Circuit solicitor, after Pascoe asked the S.C. Supreme Court to allow him to use the statewide grand jury as part of his investigation, access that Pascoe said Wilson was denying him. Read more.

Charleston could get 9 more days to come up with plan to pay for I-526 extension
S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank Board chairman Vince Graham said Monday he plans to ask his full board to grant to extend the deadline to April 8 from its original March 30. Read more.

SC state workers could gift vacation, sick days to coworkers
The House passed a budget proposal that would allow state employees to give unused sick and vacation days to coworkers. Read more.

Update on who’s running for the SC Legislature
Filing ends March 30. Read more.

Senate considers forgiving SCSU debt
A joint resolution introduced in the Senate would forgive $1 million a year if S.C. State meets certain conditions, including having a balanced budget. Read more.

Pro-Georgia gun permit bill advances in South Carolina Senate
Legislation in the state Senate that lets South Carolina recognize Georgia’s concealed weapons permits is a few steps closer to becoming law.

Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office appoints new prosecutor in Statehouse corruption probe Attorney General Alan Wilson’s office moved quickly to assign a new special prosecutor for the Statehouse corruption probe, tapping a Columbia-area solicitor a day after dumping the man he’d initially chosen amid an ongoing feud. 

Watchdogs call on ethics reforms
While the attorney general and a special prosecutor battle over who has jurisdiction of a Statehouse corruption probe, government watchdogs are highlighting their frustration with the state’s ethics laws.

Meetings and Events

Thursday, April 7, 2016
5:30 – 7:00 Reception for Senator Larry Grooms
Nexsen Pruet, Charleston

The Nexsen Pruet State House Update is published as a service to our attorneys, clients, and friends. It is intended to be a high level overview of the weekly activity at the South Carolina State House and does not constitute legal advice regarding any specific situation.
Firm clients who wish to receive individualized legislative updates, bill monitoring, or lobbying services may discuss options with Bob Coble. He can be reached at 803-253-8211 or bcoble@nexsenpruet.com

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