Latest Updates

  • 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...
  • Alcohol delivery bill watered down by regulations, licensing requirements

    A bill (H.4364) recently passed by the S.C. House would allow retailers to offer curbside pickup or at-home delivery of beer and wine, subject to licensing requirements, fees and other regulations.
  • Statehouse Update Feb 20-22

    Update 2/23/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. 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,...
  • 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...