SC high court kicks several State House candidates off the ballot - It’s not exactly a judicial intervention of Bush v. Gore proportions, but several candidates for state office have been kicked off the ballot by the South Carolina Supreme Court for failing to file an ethics statement on time, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. State law requires that statements of economic interest — a transparency measure which lists a candidate’s job, salary, property and other financial information — should be filed at the same time as a candidate’s declaration of candidacy.
GOP-dominated panel clears governor of ethics violations - The Republican-controlled House Ethics Committee has ended their investigation into whether Gov. Nikki Haley illegally lobbied for her employers during her time as a state representative, Palmetto Public Record reported yesterday. The committee’s five Republicans voted in favor of dropping the ethics charges, overruling the one Democrat on the panel who voted to continue the investigation.
Lawmakers: State shouldn’t require bars to recycle - Mountains of beer bottles that pile up at many bars and restaurants may not be recycled any time soon in South Carolina – unless the owners do it voluntarily, according to The State’s Sammy Fretwell. State legislators voted Wednesday against a plan for night spots and eateries to recycle, saying they were uncomfortable requiring burdensome and unnecessary rules on businesses.
Why is Mick Zais holding up SC charter school’s opening? - Leaders of the new Hope Academy Charter School say the state Department of Education is doing everything it can to stall the school, which was set to open in August in northeast Columbia, according to the Free Times’ Al Dozier. School leaders say the state’s actions are “illegal,” and have called for an investigation by state Attorney General Alan Wilson.
State Budget and Control Board might split into 3 parts - The S.C. House has approved a new version of a bill overhauling the agency that handles much of state government bureaucracy and financial management, according to the Associated Press’ Meg Kinnard. The measure was amended Wednesday to eliminate the Budget and Control Board and divide its functions into three main parts, with more than 80 percent of its employees transferring to the new Cabinet-level Department of Administration.
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