This week, a handful of important bills are getting their first committee hearing, while other bills that have passed the committee process will be deliberated on the floor.

Tonight, there will be a public hearing for the Senate’s version of the education omnibus bill, which would create a new committee to monitor students from K-12, and beyond. The Senate bill also amends teacher pay, the Read to Succeed program, and school district consolidation, among other things. The hearing will be held at 6pm tonight at the McCormick Middle School gym (agenda here).

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In South Carolina, state senators largely control the selection of more than 300 county magistrates, who handle thousands of relatively minor criminal and civil cases annually.

That power is amplified when magistrates finish their terms without being reappointed, a period known as “holdover” status in which they can serve indefinitely – and potentially feel more pressure to please their local senators.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Today, Governor Henry McMaster joined Senator Paul Campbell and Representative Murrell Smith in releasing to the public the report on the bids submitted by parties interested in purchasing Santee Cooper or managing the publicly held utility. Campbell and Smith serve as Co-Chairmen of the Public Service Authority Evaluation and Recommendation Committee, of which the governor is a member.

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Greenville, South Carolina: All three Republican Senate 6 Candidates will have their first debatesince the Special Election began to replace Representative and now U.S. Congressman William Timmons.

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Voters in a small portion of Greenville County have a big decision to make on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

From Berea on the west to Taylors on the east and from Travelers Rest in the north to near Haywood Mall, Republicans in state Senate District 6 will fill a vacancy in a special election primary.

We enthusiastically endorse veteran state House member Dwight Loftis.

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SC Senate 6 Debate

I hope you are having a great beginning to 2019! We have been busy over the last few weeks finalizing the details for our Senate 6 Debate. Some of you may not live in District 6, but the issues that are discussed will be informative for all. I hope you will be able to take an hour out of your busy schedules to come hear from our candidates.

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Governor Requests $4 Million from Unclaimed Property Account to Help Local Governments

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Henry McMaster today sent a letter to S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis requesting the transfer of $4 million from the Unclaimed Property Account to the S.C. Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) to help with mosquito abatement services in areas affected by Hurricane Florence. 

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The state of South Carolina has a lot of information about you and your family – including your children. That much you know, but new laws on the books – and in the works – push data collection to a level that not only threatens privacy rights but also opens the door for dangerous regulations based on personal information.

The Legislature has, in stages, created a sort of “information central,” passing laws that create two data warehouses to pull in information from agencies for health care and social services, education and workforce.

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