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Government

  • House speaker rolls out state education reform

    Jan. 24 was a big day for South Carolina schools as S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, along with 18 other lawmakers, introduced the bipartisan South Carolina Career Opportunity and Access for All Act – a massive overhaul of the state’s education system.
    “It is time for transformative change in South Carolina’s education system. These bills take a holistic approach to fixing the system that has left us behind,” Lucas said in a statement issued by his office.

  • Newton bill would strike school fees for Catawbas

    S.C. District 45 House Rep. Brandon Newton has filed a bill to revoke a defunct state law regarding access to public education by Catawba Indians.
    Starting in 1993, the tribe was required to pay a fee for sending students to Lancaster County schools, similar to the fees paid by out-of-county students who want to attend LCSD campuses.

  • Norman bill limits lawmakers’ terms terms

    As the 166th Congress convened Jan. 3, Rep. Ralph Norman introduced legislation that would limit the terms of federal lawmakers and reduce their retirement benefits after they leave office.
    “The time is now that we end the reign of career politicians and make them come home to live under the laws they pass,” said Norman, the 5th District Republican from Rock Hill. “Term limits would cut the influence of special-interest lobbyists and encourage a true citizen legislature.”

  • New year brings new S.C. laws

    With the start of the new year, a number of S.C. laws took effect. Here a several that you might want to know about.
    Gas tax
    This is the first year you can file for a tax credit related to the gas-tax increase passed last year.
    Last July, state legislators approved a 2-cent increase in the gas tax and another 2-cent hike for each of the next five years, for a total of 12 cents.

  • It's Official 1-30-19

    Van Wyck Town Council meets Feb. 4
    Van Wyck Town Council meets at 7 p.m.  Feb. 4 at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck.
    Conservation district board to meet Feb. 4
    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District board meets at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the district office, 1771 U.S. 521 Bypass South, Lancaster. The public is invited. Call (803) 286-4455, ext. 100, for details.
    Congressman offers services Feb. 5

  • Pressure builds for impact fees

    For many months, Lancaster County Council has been kicking around the idea of enacting impact fees on all new residential and commercial construction north of S.C. 5 to help pay for capital needs.
    Now, with a rezoning request pending on a 500-home Indian Land subdivision, council members are feeling pressure to make a decision and require developers to pay at least some of the public infrastructure costs associated with their projects.
    Councilman Terry Graham told his colleagues at the Jan. 14 council meeting that it’s time to take action.

  • Mulvaney under new scrutiny in new post

    It didn’t take long for the media spotlight to find Mick Mulvaney.
    In his first two weeks as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, helping navigate the longest government shutdown ever, the 51-year-old ex-congressman has been popping up in the Washington Post, The New York Times and other news outlets.

  • It's Official 1-23-19

    County Council meets Jan. 28
    Lancaster County Council meets at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
    NAACP hosts forum on education Jan. 28

  • Education tops 2019 legislative agenda

    COLUMBIA – The S.C. General Assembly opened its 2019 session Jan. 8, with many to-do lists topped by education reform throughout the state.
    Among the ideas discussed at a legislative preview event were teacher pay raises, shifting some lottery revenues to K-12 education, issuing state bonds for school construction and repair, and consolidating small school districts to save money.

  • It's Official 1-16-19

    IL fire protection district board meets
    The Indian Land Fire Protection District Commission meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Indian Land Fire Station, 285 Six Mile Creek Road, Indian Land.
    Community relations commission meets
    The Lancaster County Community Relations Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster.
    IL Action Council meets Jan. 17