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The Buzz: Governor's schedule

Gov. Mark Sanford's public schedule for this week includes two items.

Monday - Hilton Head First Monday Club, noon, Aunt Chilada's Restaurant, 69 Pope Ave., Hilton Head

Thursday - Discusses his proposed executive budget for the state, 10 a.m., Wade Hampton Building conference room, State House grounds

A ban on whole-body scans?

Worried about those whole-body scanners that have been the rage since the attempted plane bombing on Christmas?

You're not the only one.

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, a Lexington Republican, co-sponsored an amendment earlier this year to ban whole-body-imaging scans as a primary screening method at U.S. airports.

Under the measure, scans only could be used as secondary screening. Passengers would be given the option of a pat-down search instead of going through a scanner.

In a November interview, Wilson said whole-body scanners raised privacy concerns.

"A metal detector should be about 90 percent of airport security," Wilson told The Hill.

Wilson and fellow S.C. Republicans U.S. Reps. Henry Brown and Bob Inglis supported the ban, which easily passed the House with bipartisan support.

The Senate never considered the measure, and it never became law.

S.C. Democrats Reps. John Spratt and House Whip Jim Clyburn voted against the measure, as did Republican U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett, who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

- Gina Smith

Where are the female pols?

The Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics will host a press conference at 11 a.m. Thursday to highlight the lack of women in public policy roles in South Carolina and its effect on the state.

South Carolina has fewer female lawmakers than any other state. For the first time in three decades, there are no women in the state Senate.

A reception honoring women who hold elected office, have committed to running in 2010 and others who support women in politics will take place the same evening.

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