Statehouse Update

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Statehouse Update Jan 16-18

    Update 1/18/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. Things are picking up pace in the second week of South Carolina’s legislative session. In the Senate, a bill that seeks to limit the influence of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors on...
  • Statehouse Update Jan 9-11

    Update 1/11/24: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. Hello! Year two of South Carolina’s 2023-24 legislative session starts today. To kick off the year, we are picking up where we left off with the Statehouse Update. Each week, SCPC brings you...
  • Statehouse Update May 23-25

    South Carolina continued its extended legislative session this week, with lawmakers passing a bill to ban abortion around the six-week mark, with certain exceptions. However, the Legislature still hasn’t passed a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, meaning it will need to return yet again to Columbia in the coming...
  • Statehouse Update May 16-18

    Despite the regular legislative session having concluded last week, the General Assembly failed to pass the a state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. In addition, the General Assembly did not pass a sine die resolution, which normally governs when the Legislature can return and what issues it can take...
  • Statehouse Update May 9-11

    Update 5/12/23: Several adjustments were made to this summary to reflect developments that occurred during the week. It may be the final week of the regular legislative session, but legislative business is far from over for the year. For starters, the House still needs to take up and pass (for...