Poll: Haley remains unpopular in SC; voters’ approval of tea party drops - In a development which should surprise absolutely no one who is familiar with South Carolina politics, a new poll shows that Republican Gov. Nikki Haley still remains extremely unpopular among voters, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. The poll also found that the tea party has lost support in South Carolina over the last four months.
SC would not pay for abortions in rape, incest - S.C. taxpayers and state employees would not pay for abortions in cases of rape or incest, according to a budget rule unanimously approved Tuesday by a state Senate subcommittee, according to The State’s Adam Beam. The rule, sponsored by state Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, would allow the state’s health insurance plan – financed by taxpayers and state workers – to pay for an abortion only if the life of the mother is in danger.
Alternative currency legislation heads to full S.C. House - An alternative currency bill here has passed a House committee and its supporters believe it could pass, making South Carolina the second state since Utah to adopt such a measure, according to the Free Times’ Corey Hutchins. But even if the law passes, don’t expect folks to be hauling around sacks of gold and silver bullion to spill on the counter at your local hamburger joint.
Senators ‘working through’ pension system issues - A state Senate subcommittee is wrestling with how to start fixing the state’s $14 billion retirement system deficit – considering what changes to make and, more important politically, who those changes would affect, according to The State’s Adam Beam. There seems to be consensus among senators that part of the House’s solution to the retirement deficit – cutting the benefits of current workers – is a bad idea.
Senate panel bans some texting and driving - A state Senate panel has approved a bill that would ban drivers from calling, texting or reading electronic messages in South Carolina’s work or school zones, according to the Associated Press. The measure passed Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee also would make it illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone without a hands-free device.
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