Poor South Carolinians may get help with their medications.
House lawmakers gave key approval Wednesday to a bill allowing health care facilities to donate unused prescription drugs to S.C. health clinics who serve the poor.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control along with the state Board of Pharmacy must work out the details of how the program will work.
After one more, routine vote, the bill moves to the Senate.
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Smoke detectors for mobile homes
Someone buying an older mobile home in South Carolina would have to ensure it has working smoke detectors under a bill advanced by legislators.
The bill approved by the House on Wednesday and sent to the Senate requires the buyer to sign a form verifying the previously owned home has at least two functioning detectors.
Rep. Chip Limehouse sponsored the bill. The Charleston Republican called it a low-cost way to save lives in case one detector doesn't work.
The state's Manufactured Housing Institute supports he bill. Executive director Mark Dillard says older mobile homes lack the safety features of modern manufactured housing. He says the responsibility was put on buyers, rather than sellers, in hopes they would remember later to change the batteries and keep the detectors working.
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Clyburn headlines water conference
U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, of Columbia, will headline a South Carolina State University water conference Monday.
The conference coincides with state lawmakers' work on tighter regulations on withdrawals from S.C. lakes and rivers.
S.C. State's Environmental Policy Institute's Isaac Williams Lecture Series will address water conservation issues during the conference, entitled "Water: Critical Issues Facing the Future of Our Essential Natural Resources."
The conference will be held on Monday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center's Bulldog Lounge.
The conference is open to the public. For more information or to register, go to utc.scsu.edu.
- From Staff Reports