MORNING BUZZ: Senate nullifies House bill to curb federal healthcare law in SC

Posted by ANDREW SHAIN on March 20, 2014 

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com Buy Photo

South Carolina’s main bill fighting the federal health care law died on a technicality Wednesday. Republican Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, the Senate president, struck down a Senate bill that tried to fix problems with a House version lawmakers believed would not survive a federal lawsuit. Left to vote on the House version, the Senate rejected the measure 33-9.

Two state senators want the chief of the S.C. Department of Social Services ousted from the embattled Cabinet agency’s leadership position.

Just how leniently to treat first-offense drunk drivers by exempting a large number of them from having to use an ignition interlock device on their cars is the topic of a Thursday morning hearing in the S.C. House of Representatives office building.

The lieutenant governor’s race added the son of a South Carolina political legend, Mike Campbell, and could attract a Palmetto political veteran, former state Attorney General Henry McMaster.

The House has approved a bill banning abortion in South Carolina beyond 19 weeks of pregnancy.

State ethics officials Wednesday dismissed charges that South Carolina Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom used campaign money to accompany his girlfriend to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Solar energy boosters and utility representatives say they have broken a stalemate over expanding the use of sun power in South Carolina after years of disagreement.

Top BMW executives teased next week’s announcement at the company’s Greer plant by speaking Wednesday of a possible expansion of the big factory along Interstate 85.

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley told a special S.C. House panel on Wednesday that his world-class city will fall behind without a major research university.

Happening today: Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at the San Francisco GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner, 9:30 p.m.

Who's filed: Updates from the S.C. Election Commission on candidates entering federal, statewide and S.C. House elections.

Who's schmoozing the General Assembly today: South Carolina Association of School Administrators in Blatt 112, 8-10 a.m.

State House today

Senate

Full body meets at 11 a.m.

9:00 am -- Gressette Room 407 -- L.C.I. Professions and Occupations Subcommittee Agenda Available

9:30 am -- Gressette Room 308 -- Medical Affairs Committee Agenda Available

10:00 am -- Gressette Room 207 -- Fish, Game and Forestry Subcommittee Agenda Available

10:00 am -- Gressette Room 408 -- Judiciary Subcommittee on H.3369 Agenda Available

10:00 am -- Gressette Room 307 -- Judiciary Subcommittee on S.916 Agenda Available

12:30 pm -- State House, 3rd Floor Conference Room -- Finance Sales and Income Taxation Subcommittee on S.569, S.911, S.1085 and H.3125 Agenda Available

Upon adjournment of the Senate -- Gressette Room 105 -- Finance Property Taxation Subcommittee on S.964 Agenda Available

1:30 pm -- Gressette Room 307 -- Finance Natural Resources and Economic Development Subcommittee Budget Hearing Agenda Available

2:00 pm or upon adjournment -- Gressette Room 209 -- Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children

House

Full body meets at 10 a.m.

8:00 am - 10:00 am -- Blatt Room 112 -- Legislative Breakfast--SC HELP

9:00 am -- Blatt Room 427 -- 3-M Subcommittee IV, Military and Public Affairs Agenda Available

9:00 am -- Blatt Room 511 -- Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee Agenda Available

9:00 am -- Blatt Room 516 -- Judiciary Criminal Laws Subcommittee Agenda Available

2:00 pm or upon adjournment -- Gressette Room 209 -- Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children

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