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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. This program is a production of South Carolina Public Radio

Latest Episodes

Abortion Debate Will Return to the Senate in 2020

The next session of the S.C. General Assembly doesn’t convene until January, but Republicans in the State Senate are already working to try and pass a bill that essentially would prohibit abortions in the state. It’s known as the Fetal Heartbeat Bill. It won easy passage in the House of Representatives earlier this year, and Republican Governor Henry McMaster has said if the bill passes he’ll sign it into law. Because the bill is expected to have a harder time passing in the Senate its' backers

3 MIN2019 SEP 20
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Abortion Debate Will Return to the Senate in 2020

2019 Session of The SC General Assembly Adjourns - Several Major Bills Still Await Action

In the final hours of this year’s session of the state legislature, Senate yesterday passed an economic incentives bill aimed at persuading the NFL’s Carolina Panthers to move it's headquarters and practice facilities from Charlotte to Rock Hill. A $250 Million investment for York County. Rock Hill Senator Wes Climer told the Senate it’s a huge win for the state's economy. Senators opposed to the tax credits, including both the Republican and Democratic Senate leaders were concerned that the

3 MIN2019 MAY 10
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2019 Session of The SC General Assembly Adjourns - Several Major Bills Still Await Action

State House Week: Thousands of Teachers Ralley for Education Reform

Some 10,000 teachers and supporters from across the state descended on the Statehouse this week sending a powerful message to lawmakers that they want more state support in funding and in education reforms, and they are not happy with the school improvement bill pending in the legislature.

3 MIN2019 MAY 3
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State House Week: Thousands of Teachers Ralley for Education Reform

Santee Cooper Debate Begins In Senate

School Improvement Bill Pushed To Next Year Leaders in the state legislature had hoped that the magnitude of deciding what to do with state-owned utility Santee-Cooper would not interfere with their efforts to pass a desperately needed school improvement bill this year. But with just two weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session Santee Cooper’s future is being debated on the Senate floor, and the education bill is being pushed to next year.

3 MIN2019 APR 26
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Santee Cooper Debate Begins In Senate

2019-20 State Budget Advances with Major Increases In Education Funding

Budget Also Contains Off-Shore Oil Prohibition The S.C. General Assembly passes hundreds of bills and resolutions each year, but the most important measure enacted by the legislature is the annual State Appropriations Bill. That’s the state’s operating budget for the next fiscal year which begins on July 1. Not only does the budget provide the funding for state government to operate, it also identifies the priority needs of the state. This week the State Senate advanced the $9 Billion budget

3 MIN2019 APR 19
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2019-20 State Budget Advances with Major Increases In Education Funding

Education Improvement Bill Slows in the S.C. General Assembly

State lawmakers are in the final month of this year’s legislative session with most of this year's priority bills still being debated. This week, a Senate sub-committee opted to hold until next year's session a controversial portion of the massive school improvement bill in hopes of securing passage of the remainder of the bill this year. The bill which has already passed in the House of Representatives is viewed as the most important matter for the legislature this session. The so-called

3 MIN2019 APR 12
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Education Improvement Bill Slows in the S.C. General Assembly

Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill Heads to Debate in the SC House

This year’s attempt by pro-life members of the state legislature to pass restrictions on abortions is centered in the House of Representatives. A bill that would ban almost all abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected in a woman passed the House Judiciary Committee this week on a mostly party line vote. Experts say a fetal heartbeat can typically be detected around the sixth week of pregnancy. Similar laws have been enacted by other states as abortion foes hope to get a case before the US

3 MIN2019 APR 5
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Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill Heads to Debate in the SC House

Energy Matters Dominate This Week at the S.C. Statehouse

S.C. lawmakers had hoped to keep the decks at the Statehouse clear this legislative session to be able to focus on improving the state’s public school system. A major education bill has already been approved by the House. But matters regarding the state’s energy future are generating a lot of attention. Aside from the enormous question of whether or not the state should sell Santee Cooper, the debt-plagued state owned utility, the future of solar energy in the state is being debated.

4 MIN2019 MAR 29
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Energy Matters Dominate This Week at the S.C. Statehouse

State Lawmakers Make First Moves For Possible Sale of Santee Cooper

After months of discussion about Santee Cooper, the SC General Assembly this week took the first official actions that could lead to the eventual sale of the state-owned utility. The State House of Representatives and Senate are considering Joint Resolutions that would begin a process to sell Santee Cooper which is burdened by an enormous debt incurred from the collapse of the giant V.C. Summer Nuclear Project in 2017.

3 MIN2019 MAR 22
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State Lawmakers Make First Moves For Possible Sale of Santee Cooper

S.C. House Pass FY 2019-20 State Budget

This year’s session of the state legislature is at the half-way mark. And right on schedule this week the House of Representatives passed its’ version of next year’s $9 Billion state spending package. It now goes to the Senate. To pay for this year’s push to improve public education the budget contains millions of new education dollars. $160 Million dollars for teacher pay raises. The House version also funds two percent pay raises for state workers, and $32 Million to help shore-up the state’s

3 MIN2019 MAR 15
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S.C. House Pass FY 2019-20 State Budget

Latest Episodes

Abortion Debate Will Return to the Senate in 2020

The next session of the S.C. General Assembly doesn’t convene until January, but Republicans in the State Senate are already working to try and pass a bill that essentially would prohibit abortions in the state. It’s known as the Fetal Heartbeat Bill. It won easy passage in the House of Representatives earlier this year, and Republican Governor Henry McMaster has said if the bill passes he’ll sign it into law. Because the bill is expected to have a harder time passing in the Senate its' backers

3 MIN2019 SEP 20
Comments
Abortion Debate Will Return to the Senate in 2020

2019 Session of The SC General Assembly Adjourns - Several Major Bills Still Await Action

In the final hours of this year’s session of the state legislature, Senate yesterday passed an economic incentives bill aimed at persuading the NFL’s Carolina Panthers to move it's headquarters and practice facilities from Charlotte to Rock Hill. A $250 Million investment for York County. Rock Hill Senator Wes Climer told the Senate it’s a huge win for the state's economy. Senators opposed to the tax credits, including both the Republican and Democratic Senate leaders were concerned that the

3 MIN2019 MAY 10
Comments
2019 Session of The SC General Assembly Adjourns - Several Major Bills Still Await Action

State House Week: Thousands of Teachers Ralley for Education Reform

Some 10,000 teachers and supporters from across the state descended on the Statehouse this week sending a powerful message to lawmakers that they want more state support in funding and in education reforms, and they are not happy with the school improvement bill pending in the legislature.

3 MIN2019 MAY 3
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State House Week: Thousands of Teachers Ralley for Education Reform

Santee Cooper Debate Begins In Senate

School Improvement Bill Pushed To Next Year Leaders in the state legislature had hoped that the magnitude of deciding what to do with state-owned utility Santee-Cooper would not interfere with their efforts to pass a desperately needed school improvement bill this year. But with just two weeks remaining in this year’s legislative session Santee Cooper’s future is being debated on the Senate floor, and the education bill is being pushed to next year.

3 MIN2019 APR 26
Comments
Santee Cooper Debate Begins In Senate

2019-20 State Budget Advances with Major Increases In Education Funding

Budget Also Contains Off-Shore Oil Prohibition The S.C. General Assembly passes hundreds of bills and resolutions each year, but the most important measure enacted by the legislature is the annual State Appropriations Bill. That’s the state’s operating budget for the next fiscal year which begins on July 1. Not only does the budget provide the funding for state government to operate, it also identifies the priority needs of the state. This week the State Senate advanced the $9 Billion budget

3 MIN2019 APR 19
Comments
2019-20 State Budget Advances with Major Increases In Education Funding

Education Improvement Bill Slows in the S.C. General Assembly

State lawmakers are in the final month of this year’s legislative session with most of this year's priority bills still being debated. This week, a Senate sub-committee opted to hold until next year's session a controversial portion of the massive school improvement bill in hopes of securing passage of the remainder of the bill this year. The bill which has already passed in the House of Representatives is viewed as the most important matter for the legislature this session. The so-called

3 MIN2019 APR 12
Comments
Education Improvement Bill Slows in the S.C. General Assembly

Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill Heads to Debate in the SC House

This year’s attempt by pro-life members of the state legislature to pass restrictions on abortions is centered in the House of Representatives. A bill that would ban almost all abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected in a woman passed the House Judiciary Committee this week on a mostly party line vote. Experts say a fetal heartbeat can typically be detected around the sixth week of pregnancy. Similar laws have been enacted by other states as abortion foes hope to get a case before the US

3 MIN2019 APR 5
Comments
Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill Heads to Debate in the SC House

Energy Matters Dominate This Week at the S.C. Statehouse

S.C. lawmakers had hoped to keep the decks at the Statehouse clear this legislative session to be able to focus on improving the state’s public school system. A major education bill has already been approved by the House. But matters regarding the state’s energy future are generating a lot of attention. Aside from the enormous question of whether or not the state should sell Santee Cooper, the debt-plagued state owned utility, the future of solar energy in the state is being debated.

4 MIN2019 MAR 29
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Energy Matters Dominate This Week at the S.C. Statehouse

State Lawmakers Make First Moves For Possible Sale of Santee Cooper

After months of discussion about Santee Cooper, the SC General Assembly this week took the first official actions that could lead to the eventual sale of the state-owned utility. The State House of Representatives and Senate are considering Joint Resolutions that would begin a process to sell Santee Cooper which is burdened by an enormous debt incurred from the collapse of the giant V.C. Summer Nuclear Project in 2017.

3 MIN2019 MAR 22
Comments
State Lawmakers Make First Moves For Possible Sale of Santee Cooper

S.C. House Pass FY 2019-20 State Budget

This year’s session of the state legislature is at the half-way mark. And right on schedule this week the House of Representatives passed its’ version of next year’s $9 Billion state spending package. It now goes to the Senate. To pay for this year’s push to improve public education the budget contains millions of new education dollars. $160 Million dollars for teacher pay raises. The House version also funds two percent pay raises for state workers, and $32 Million to help shore-up the state’s

3 MIN2019 MAR 15
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S.C. House Pass FY 2019-20 State Budget
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