The South Carolina House spend the past week on furlough, while the Senate focused on ethics and cyber-security. Matt Long has this week’s “Voices From the Statehouse.”
AUDIO: Voices From the Statehouse (1:45)
The Senate Judiciary Committee spent the week sweating over the details of an ethics reform bill, before advancing it to the full Senate.
A consultant group told South Carolina lawmakers that they’ll have to spend nearly $15 million next year to improve cybersecurity.
Senators voted to give Clemson University more freedom from the state’s bureaucracy on economic development and athletics projects.
Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell wants more financial aid for South Carolinians who stay at home to care for elderly and disabled family members.
The South Carolina Supreme Court tossed out a lawsuit claiming the state’s roughly $3 billion in sales tax exemptions are unconstitutional.
Senators are also seriously considering an increase in vehicle registration fees, as well as tying the gas tax to inflation, as a way to pay for repairs to aging roads and bridges.
Meanwhile, senators gave a vote of confidence to the man who took over the Department of Revenue after a hacker compromised the personal information of more than 3.8 million taxpayers. Members of the Senate Finance Committee advanced director Bill Blume’s his permanent nomination to the full Senate floor. Blume was appointed as interim director of the agency in January,