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Stories with organization: South Carolina State General Assembly
  • SC data security efforts, monitoring may cost $27M 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:47 am
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina may spend $27 million next fiscal year on continued efforts to secure taxpayers' personal data and provide another year of credit protection following the 2012 hacking at the state's tax-collection agency.

  • SC towns and counties spur state to ban texting 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 12:13 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - After years of facing fierce opposition, the idea of South Carolina passing a statewide texting-while-driving ban is becoming a real possibility. Earlier this month the state Senate and House passed separate bills aimed at putting to an end to the confusing hodgepodge of local bans. However many believe it will fall short of its intention to deter distracted driving.

  • USC Upstate students protest state funding cuts 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 8:50 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Attempts by state legislators to cut university funding over plays and books which they believe promote homosexuality are causing a backlash on South Carolina campuses.

  • Correction: Stand Your Ground story 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:07 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - In a story March 6 about South Carolina's "stand your ground" law, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a proposal to repeal the law would have limited a person's right to use deadly force against someone breaking into their home, business or occupied vehicle. The proposal from Rep. Harold Mitchell would have allowed deadly force in those scenarios.

  • No discussion on SC anti-domestic violence bills 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:23 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A Senate committee on Tuesday postponed discussion of legislation targeting domestic violence in South Carolina because the Senate session ran late.

  • SC Education agency pulls out of testing program 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:43 am
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina Education Superintendent Mick Zais has withdrawn the state from testing for new standards next year.

  • Haley signs bill requiring more DUI locks on cars 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 4:49 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law Monday a bill requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won't let their vehicles start if the drivers have been drinking.

  • SC bills could outlaw abortion, most contraception 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 6:39 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A state Senate panel advanced legislation Thursday that opponents warn could outlaw abortion and emergency contraception in South Carolina. The panel also took testimony on a separate bill that would outlaw all abortions and most contraception by giving legal rights to fertilized eggs.

  • SC Senate passes 'Read to Succeed' bill 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 10:04 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The Senate passed a bill Wednesday aimed at boosting students' chances of success through an expansion of 4-year-old kindergarten and early intervention in reading.

  • School holiday display bill clears SC House panel 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 9:37 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina parents might very well see a menorah and a manger alongside a Christmas tree and even a Festivus pole from the TV show "Seinfeld" at their children's schools next winter if state legislation is passed.

  • SC Democratic June ballot to ask about marijuana 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 9:01 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The South Carolina Democratic primary ballot in June will ask voters whether they support legalizing medical marijuana to treat severe illnesses.

  • SC Senate passes bill allowing legal bridge games 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 6:19 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A bill that would allow retirees to legally play bridge passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday, two weeks after a senator threatened to challenge South Carolina's centuries-old antigambling laws in court.

  • SC senators want to change teacher appeals process 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:38 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Senators say South Carolina's decades-old process for removing an underperforming teacher can drag out at the expense of school districts and children's education.

  • SC bill seeks to bolster reporting of child deaths 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 8:10 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A bill intended to force all 46 coroners in South Carolina to report the suspicious deaths of children advanced Wednesday in the Senate.

  • McConnell: SC must prepare for 'gray tsunami' 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 7:27 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell warned lawmakers Wednesday that a failure to prepare for South Carolina's oncoming "gray tsunami" will cause a budget crisis and human tragedies.

  • SC House approves presidential primary bill 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 12:01 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The House has approved a bill clarifying that the State Election Commission is responsible for South Carolina's future presidential primaries.