Included in this evening's newscast: -- The state Senate advanced a $7.5 billion state budget plan back to the House Wednesday. -- Cell phone bills would likely increase under a measure that passed the SC House this afternoon. -- A state legislator's effort to require a 24-hour waiting period for a Viagra prescription failed in the House Wednesday. -- Authorities say a man in Union County tried to run over his pregnant wife.
The South Carolina Senate on Wednesday approved a $7.5 billion General Fund spending plan for the next fiscal year, sending the budget back to the House. The Senate's version puts an $300 million more into K-12 education and spends an extra $11 million on school buses and doubles a cost-of-living pay raise that the House gave state employees, increasing it to 4 percent from 2 percent. It also covers the state's expenses from last fall's
A South Carolina legislator's last-ditch effort to require men seeking a prescription for erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra to wait 24 hours failed in the state House Wednesday. State Rep. Mia McLeod, D-Columbia, has previously said her proposal is meant as a tongue-in-cheek criticism of South Carolina's abortion regulations. The measure debated Wednesday would have required men seeking a prescription to wait at least a day and get
The state Senate's $7.5 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year would finish reimbursing counties' clean-up expenses from the 2014 ice storm. The plan tentatively approved Tuesday would distribute nearly $12 million to 22 counties.
Conservatives who want to limit how South Carolina towns can set transgender bathroom policies failed in a longshot effort to include language in the Senate's budget proposal Tuesday, likely their last shot to pass a North Carolina-styled ban this year. Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster ruled a proposed amendment by State Sen. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, out of order, determining that it violated Senate budget rules by trying to change current state law.
A proviso added Tuesday to the South Carolina Senate's budget proposal would study ways that the state could help uninsured South Carolina residents. The plan from State Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland, would authorize the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to conduct a study on what other states are doing to help those who cannot afford health insurance. Lourie, a proponent of expanding Medicaid eligibility in South Carolina, wants
Gov. Nikki Haley called on lawmakers Monday to start saving money for a future joint Georgia-South Carolina port terminal along the Savannah River. Haley made the comments after meeting with port representatives from both states to get an update on the 1,500-acre Jasper Ocean Terminal planned on South Carolina’s side of the river. She hoped legislators […]
The National Weather Service (NWS) says it was a microburst, not a tornado that struck a rural section of western Lexington County Wednesday afternoon. A survey team said its review of radar and physical evidence found winds in the Steedman community reached up to 70 miles per hour. The strong winds damaged several buildings and vehicles at […]