Legislative Update: February 5th UPDATED

Sunday, February 9, 2014 9:00 a.m.

  We hope you weathered the winter storm safely. The General Assembly closed last week because many of our House members and Senators drive home each night and it was simply safer for members and our staff to not commute this week. There was still a good amount of political news to share.

On the Verge of major government reform – again UPDATED

Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:00 a.m.

The General Assembly returned to Columbia last week for the second half of our two-year term. Amid a typically slow first week on the floor, we made …

End of session time when things get done

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 9:16 a.m.

I have written extensively about the timing of the legislative calendar and how it affects the debate that occurs in the House and Senate. Without a doubt, impending time deadlines dictate the willingness of legislators to address certain issues and compromise on points of conflict.

Caucus tries prevent DOR hacking from happening again

Friday, May 31, 2013 9:17 a.m.

There are two weeks left in the 2013 legislative session, so last week the House worked on getting some Senate legislation through for a vote and tying up loose ends.

House moves bills over to Senate in shorter session

Monday, May 13, 2013 9:28 a.m.

The House of Representatives adjourned for a week after finishing a successful “crossover week” and getting important House legislation moved to the Senate. We’ve nearly completed our agenda with more than a month left in the session and have worked hard to get important conservative legislation debated, approved and moved so …

A look at SC House’s ethics reform bill

Thursday, May 2, 2013 9:14 a.m.

The House approved dozens of pieces of legislation last week in advance of the “crossover” deadline on May 1. The most important piece of legislation was a major reform package to our two-decade old ethics laws.

Legislature pushes bills before ‘crossover’ deadline

Monday, April 29, 2013 1:10 p.m.

Two bills received key committee approval this week, setting up critical floor debates before the “crossover” deadline on May 1.

Opposition to Obamacare continues in state budget

Special to the Moultrie News

Monday, April 1, 2013 12:23 p.m.

In an odd show of unanimity, friends, family and acquaintances state that I have been cranky for the past few weeks. While I would prefer the term …

Legislature works on road funds and election reform UPDATED

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 2:49 p.m.

Hundreds of good, qualified candidates were booted off the 2012 ballot by the State Supreme Court on what was essentially a technicality. We knew for months this needed to be fixed before 2014. Last week the House approved legislation that expanded access to the ballot and ensured people who want to run for office in our state will have an …

Much legislative work done in committees

Special to the Moultrie News

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 1:01 p.m.

Those who visit the statehouse or watch on television consistently watch short or inconsequential meetings take place on the floor of the House. And …

SC Republicans mull changes in ethics rules

Friday, February 15, 2013 10:12 a.m.

It was a very busy week in Columbia as the rubber hit the road on a number of important issues facing the General Assembly.

SC Republican agenda in action UPDATED

Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:16 a.m.

House Speaker Bobby Harrell said this week that the first weeks of the legislative session were like a duck on the water. Above water, everything looked nice and smooth, but below the water, everything was moving fast. In the span of three legislative days, there were 24 legislative committees meeting in the House office building to advance …

Merrill offers his highlights from the 2012 legislative session UPDATED

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:01 a.m.

The 2012 Session of the South Carolina General Assembly is now in the books and committee work and establishing priorities for the 2013 session has begun. The following is a partial list of bills that were were signed into law and represent those for which I received the greatest number of inquiries. Small Business Tax ReformReduces the business …

Missed opportunities abound at State House UPDATED

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 12:01 a.m.

The General Assembly returns this week to address the governor's budget vetoes and to take care of a few additional minor issues. Originally it was the intent of the House and Senate to return in September, but since Governor Haley vetoed teacher pay raises and zeroed out some agencies, we are returning ahead of schedule. While this back and …

Representative protests news story on PAC's UPDATED

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 12:01 a.m.

Much has occurred since my last column so this will be a catch-all that touches on a variety of topics but will probably be lacking any consistent …

Savannah dredging decision should be based on facts UPDATED

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:01 a.m.

By now most people are aware of the Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC) disastrous and ill-informed decision to grant Georgia a permit that effectively allows them to dredge the Savannah River. From both an evironmental and economic perspective this decision was wrong. However, on the Georgia side of the river media reports …

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On Vacation – Fredericksburg, Texas

Wednesday, April 16, 9:52 a.m.

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