Latest Updates

  • Statehouse Update Feb 20-22

    After weeks of smaller budget hearings, the full House Ways and Means Committee begins work on South Carolina’s FY25 spending bill this afternoon. With billions of dollars in taxpayer money on the line, SCPC recommends a hard limit on the new budget so that surplus funds can be used to speed up...
  • Judicial Reform Action Page

    NEW DASHBOARD A ONE-STOP SHOP TO LEARN ABOUT JUDICIAL REFORM PROGRESS, TAKE ACTION  Things can move quickly at the S.C. Statehouse, change on short notice, or come to a screeching halt without explanation. In any event, it’s our commitment at the South Carolina Policy Council (SCPC) to keep you informed...
  • Statehouse Update Feb 13-15

    Update 2/16/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. Major developments this week! This afternoon, a Senate subcommittee considers a bill that would create a fairer, more balanced legal environment for our state’s small- and medium-sized businesses, while still providing justice for...
  • Impact: Upstate county pushing conservative budget ordinance

    Weeks after the Policy Council released its 2025 SC Sustainable Budget – a data-driven report aimed at reining in state government spending – an ambitious budget proposal was introduced to Upstate taxpayers. 
  • Statehouse Update: Feb 6-8 (Judicial Reform Special)

    Update 2/8/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. Important updates on judicial reform South Carolina’s judicial elections, originally planned for this week, are seemingly on hold after S.C. Senator Wes Climer and fellow senators look prepared to block nearly all elections...
  • Analysis: SC lending bill would reduce consumer options, harm competition

    A proposal filed this year would reduce the financial options available to S.C. consumers and could force lenders to exit the state. The Senate bill (S.910) aims to heavily restrict lenders’ ability to market their products, among other measures, potentially making South Carolina untenable for business and cutting off borrowers’...
  • Statehouse Update Jan 30-Feb 1

    Update 2/2/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. Big news this week!  On Wednesday, a Senate subcommittee considers a bill that would cause fewer businesses to have to pay excessive and disproportionate damages in civil cases, while still looking after injured South Carolinians....
  • McMaster spotlights key SCPC reforms in State of State Address

    On Wednesday, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster delivered his 2024 State of the State Address, outlining his priorities for the next year and beyond. We are pleased to share that he expressed support for a number of reforms backed by SCPC, which you can learn more about in our 2024 Legislative Roadmap.  ...
  • Statehouse Update Jan 23-25

    Update 1/26/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. This week, nearly two dozen state agencies will present their FY25 budget plans to House subcommittees, with numerous requests to spend more taxpayer money. Meanwhile, a House Judiciary subcommittee is looking at several...
  • Lawmakers send pension protection bill to governor's desk

    The S.C. Senate this week unanimously passed a bill (H.3690) to ensure that South Carolina’s pension funds are invested based on financial criteria to maximize shareholder value, not advance ESG (environmental, social, and governance) objectives. The bill, having passed the S.C. House last year in near-unanimous fashion, heads to Gov....