A roundup of what’s making news in South Carolina state government
A group of protestors with the South Carolina Progressive Network plan to engage in civil disobedience on Tuesday.
As part of the group’s continuing “Truthful Tuesday” rallies, the Progressive Network notified its members on Facebook (and media outlets through email) that it plans to stand in front of the Statehouse parking garage entrance Tuesday.
The entire effort is meant to coincide with debate in the state Senate on a bill that tries to block the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in South Carolina. The protestors will be calling on lawmakers to expand Medicaid eligibility to cover more people under the ACA.
The group’s “communications czar” Becci Robbins posted on the group’s Facebook page that protestors will start blocking the entrance road at 11:00 a.m. She said the protestors expect to be arrested shortly after that.
— Civil rights groups are declaring victory after South Carolina officials reached a settlement to weaken South Carolina’s 2011 immigration law that had been sued on constitutional grounds. The agreement tosses out a controversial section of the law which would have allowed police officers and other law enforcement officials to detain a person while checking his or her immigration background. The Department of Justice argued only federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have that authority.
— A bill on Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk would allow South Carolina drivers to show their proof of auto insurance electronically. State Rep. Todd Atwater, R-Lexington, said insurance companies are now offering the alternative to traditional paper “proof of insurance” certificates. But South Carolina law does not specifically allow the smartphone apps to be used instead. The bill cleared the Senate unanimously last week.
— The 2014 race for governor has been quiet so far, but it shows signs of picking up soon. The Republican Governors Association has begun running ads on behalf of Gov. Nikki Haley criticizing her expected opponent State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, for his support of Medicaid expansion. But Sheheen responded by accusing the RGA of hypocrisy because its president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, also supported Medicaid expansion in his home state.