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Looking ahead: Constitutional amendment heads to November ballot

Recently, the South Carolina Legislature ratified S.1126, which would amend Article II, Section 4  of the state's constitution concerning voting requirements. The bill received unanimous approval in the House and near-unanimous support in the Senate, with just three dissenting votes.  

  • Looking ahead: Constitutional amendment heads to November ballot

    Recently, the South Carolina Legislature ratified S.1126, which would amend Article II, Section 4  of the state's constitution concerning voting requirements. The bill received unanimous approval in the House and near-unanimous support in the Senate, with just three dissenting votes.  
  • Carolinas Academic Leadership Network welcomes Bryce Fiedler as founding director

    Carolinas Academic Leadership Network (CALN) proudly announces the appointment of Bryce Fiedler as its first Director. Fiedler, formerly a Senior Policy Analyst with the South Carolina Policy Council, brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to educational excellence and parental empowerment.
  • Budget breakdown: Where SC taxpayers’ money is going in FY25

    The dust has settled on South Carolina’s new budget following Governor McMaster's announcement of a relatively short list of vetoes in early July. The 21 vetoes, striking $2.3 million in earmark spending and nixing a handful of provisos, represent a small fraction of the overall budget and only marginally exceed...
  • Judicial selections bill passes unanimously! (special session recap)

    On Wednesday, S.C. lawmakers met in Columbia for what is likely the last day of the 2024 legislative session, sending the new state budget, a bill enhancing the judicial selection process, and other items passed out of conference committee to the governor’s desk.
  • SCPC, partners host school board leader training in Columbia

    Over the weekend, dozens of education leaders – including school board members, candidates and parents – joined the S.C. Policy Council (SCPC) in Columbia for a community event focused on student achievement, effective governance and the positive changes coming to K-12 education. 
  • Transparency check-in: Streaming at the Statehouse (2024)

    Since 2022, the South Carolina Policy Council (SCPC) has annually tracked the livestreaming rates of state legislative committee meetings in an effort to encourage transparency. In this short time, we have seen a positive shift in consistency among several committees, some of which finished this year with perfect records.
  • Analysis: SC’s contentious healthcare restructuring bill

    If you have seen our weekly updates, read the local paper, or spent time on social media, you have probably heard about a contentious bill that would consolidate numerous health departments under a single executive agency. The measure (S.915) is the second phase of a two-part restructuring effort that began...
  • What to know about SC's looming special session

    Longtime observers of our state Legislature know that special sessions are common in South Carolina. Typically, they involve finalizing the state budget and pushing conference bills across the finish line. However, after the surprise defeat of a contentious healthcare restructuring measure and with state leaders pushing for its revival, legislative...
  • SCPC, partners win Heritage Innovation Prize for joint education project

    A project led by the S.C. Policy Council and partner think tanks that serves student-focused school board members received a prestigious honor this week. Our initiative – the Carolinas Academic Leadership Network (CALN) – was awarded the Heritage Foundation Innovation Prize on Monday before a packed house of conservative leaders in...
  • 2024 session review: Making headway on much-needed reforms

    As we close out the second half of the 2023-24 regular session, South Carolina is pressing forward with changes to advance liberty, provide tax relief, and increase government transparency, among other improvements. Several of these measures are now signed into law, while others are just shy of the finish line.  ...