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Senate Energy Solutions: An Analysis

In mid-November, the House prefiled and fast-tracked through committee six bills developed by the special energy investigatory committee, appointed by the House speaker (you can read our analysis of those bills here). Last week, the Senate prefiled its own version of legislative energy “solutions” – and like the House bills, it fails to truly reform the […]

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What’s coming in 2018, part one: Bills from last year still in play

The 2018 legislative session is just around the corner, and lawmakers from both the House and Senate have prefiled a number of new bills for consideration when session begins on January 9. Before we publish our annual overview of newly filed legislation, we wanted to review some of the more important bills from the last […]

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Who Controls Education Policy in South Carolina?

There is one question that we should all ask when analyzing elements of South Carolina government: Who controls it? Answering that question can often be a profoundly frustrating experience, as many of those in charge are largely unaccountable to citizens. This is especially true for education, with concerning results: South Carolina ranks as having one […]

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House Legislative Energy Solutions: An Analysis

THE HOUSE ENERGY COMMITTEE DRAFTED SIX BILLS TO “FIX” THE SYSTEM. HERE’S WHAT THOSE BILLS WOULD DO. UPDATE: The House passed H.4379 (ORS) and H.4378 (PURC) this week with no substantial changes. Those bills will now go to the Senate for debate. The rest of the bills remain on the House calendar for debate next week. […]

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Five Principles of Freedom: Achieving Prosperity in South Carolina

TO UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES FACING SOUTH CAROLINA, WE SHOULD FIRST ASK: WHERE DO WE WANT TO GO? In January, lawmakers will reconvene to debate solutions for the problems facing our state. But what exactly are those problems? That question can be best answered if we approach it in terms of aims. What kind of state […]

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Legislative Energy “Reforms” Preserve Lawmakers’ Power

Over the past couple of weeks the House and Senate energy committees have begun drafting policy proposals to amend the energy regulatory structure. However, those proposals are premature as neither committee has reached an official consensus on the problems that led to the V.C. Summer fiasco. More importantly, the proposed legislation would not bring true […]

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The State Budget Process: Law vs. Reality

On November 1, state law requires that the annual budget process begins. Every step is spelled out, but for decades South Carolina lawmakers have simply ignored the laws that don’t suit them in favor of a non-transparent, illegal process that keeps the power firmly in the hands of the legislature.   What the budget process […]

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The “Legislative State:” How the General Assembly Controls South Carolina’s Government

Checks and balances are one of the strongest protections for individual liberty because they prevent any one branch of government from becoming too powerful. Concentration of power and lack of accountability breeds corruption and tyranny, and both are typical of South Carolina government by design. Technically, South Carolina has three branches of government. In reality, […]

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Six of the Lawmakers Investigating Utilities Also Oversee Utility Regulators

Shortly after Santee Cooper and SCANA abandoned their joint project to build two nuclear facilities, SC legislative leaders created special committees in the House and Senate to investigate the failed project. The abandoned plants have already cost South Carolinians billions of dollars and, according to a law passed in 2007, will continue to do so […]

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What to Ask Your Lawmakers About the Energy Crisis

Earlier this week the House energy committee held a public hearing on the failed nuclear construction project and the accompanying rate hikes. However, if you were unable to attend the hearing, you did not miss your chance to make your voice heard. There is little lawmakers can do at this point, short of taking legislative […]

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