Latest Updates

  • Statehouse Update Mar 26-28

    Update 3/28/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. Heads up! South Carolina’s “crossover” deadline is swiftly approaching. By April 10, any bills that haven't passed at least one chamber, House or Senate, are effectively dead for the year. With the deadline...
  • Energy mega-bill reduces checks and balances, pushes new ecodevo projects

    Update 3/20/24: The House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee on Wednesday advanced the bill with amendments. Certain details in this summary may not be reflective of the amended bill. Read our updated summary here.  A massive energy bill (H.5118) gaining steam in the House bears resemblance to past legislation that wound up...
  • Proposed House rules: committees must livestream, consider more bills

    Recently, several resolutions were filed proposing noteworthy changes to the S.C. House rules. Two of them (H.5219 and H.5221) seek to improve transparency and accountability at key moments when it comes to lawmaking and judicial elections. H.5219 would require all House committees and subcommittees to livestream their meetings on the...
  • Statehouse Update Mar 11-14: Big debates on budget and judicial reform

    Heads up! It’s budget week at the Statehouse. Debate starts this afternoon in the House over how to appropriate billions in taxpayer dollars for the FY 2024-25 state budget. If you want to know where your money could be headed and how lawmakers could do more for tax relief, we’ve...
  • Proposed SC budget exceeds recommended limit, could do more for tax relief

    Update 3/13/24: The House on Wednesday passed an initial draft of the next state budget, unchanged from the summary below. The week saw healthy debate and commendable efforts from lawmakers to challenge spending requests, including several noted in this report. We encourage the Senate, which goes next in the process, to utilize...
  • Statehouse Update Mar 5-7

    Update 3/8/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. Heads up! The debate over judicial reform is officially underway, as the full Senate plans to take up a bill overhauling judicial selections today at noon. In addition to dismantling legislators’ monopoly over...
  • Pricey projects on college budget wish lists

    Recently, some of South Carolina’s top universities shared their fiscal year 2024-25 spending plans with the Senate’s higher education budget subcommittee. The requests included plenty of high-dollar projects that would be funded with taxpayers’ money. Below are a few highlights.  
  • Impact: ESA expansion bill puts us on path to universal school choice

    Update 3/21/24: The House on Wednesday gave the bill second reading by a vote of 69-32. We encourage a swift passage through the Senate so it may become law this year.  On Wednesday, the S.C. House introduced a bill that would significantly expand South Carolina’s Education Scholarship Account (ESA) program, which passed...
  • Statehouse Update Feb 27-29

    Update 3/1/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. A bill establishing a public option for liquor liability insurance, backed by taxpayers’ money, is under consideration this morning. The proposal would also reduce the state’s mandatory $1 million policy requirement – but...
  • SC taxpayers asked to fund new liquor liability insurance program

    Update 2/28/24: Following this report, which revealed that H.5066 would create a state-run liquor liability insurance program funded with taxpayers' money, the House Judiciary Committee voted to remove that section of the bill. The amended bill, advanced by the full committee Tuesday, would still reduce the $1 million liquor liability insurance...