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MORNING BUZZ: Busy week under the S.C. State House dome

tglantz@thestate.com

Senators on the Judiciary Committee will at 3 p.m. consider a proposal that would kill some 200 pending class action lawsuits against 211 S.C. car dealers. The proposal is sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin, R-Pickens.

Thirty minutes after the Judiciary Committee adjourns, state Sens. Lee Bright, R-Spartanburg, Katrina Shealy, R-Lexington, and Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, will consider proposals regarding resettling refugees in South Carolina.

Meanwhile, S.C. House Ways and Means Committee members will continue to meet in subcommittees and hear requests by state agencies for part of the added $1.2 billion to the state’s general fund budget. Gov. Nikki Haley unveiled her spending priorities last week, suggesting $345 million should be spent to repair the state’s roads.

On Wednesday, Haley will deliver her State of the State address. The Republican governor has been in the spotlight since last week after she gave the GOP response to the State of the Union. But what if she had given the same address to an audience in the Palmetto State?

2016 in S.C.

No 2016 presidential candidate visits are scheduled so far for the rest of the week as hopefuls start to concentrate on Iowa, which holds its caucus two weeks from Tuesday. Democratic candidates attended King Day at the Dome in Columbia on Monday and debated in Charleston Sunday night. Ben Carson was also in town Monday.

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