Articles by Amy O'Connor

South Carolina to Enact Moped Safety Law

Gov. Henry McMaster signed a moped safety law Friday that allows intoxicated drivers to be prosecuted for drunken driving and requires teens to wear a helmet. McMaster’s signature capped a seven-year effort to close the so-called liquor-cycle loophole, though it …

South Carolina Lawmakers Override Gov to Pass Road Improvement Bill

A bill raising taxes and fees to repair South Carolina’s crumbling highways became law last week over Gov. Henry McMaster’s veto after House leaders blasted the Republican governor as failing to provide leadership on the state’s top priority. The override …

South Carolina Lawmakers File 10 Bills Aimed at Curbing Opioid Abuse

House Republicans filed 10 proposals Wednesday aimed at curbing South Carolina’s rampant prescription painkiller problem and promised more legislation would follow. “We wanted to get the ball rolling. This is just the first step,” said Rep. Eric Bedingfield, R-Belton, one …

Haley Vetoes South Carolina Moped Safety Bill

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed a moped safety bill, saying it is government overreach to require reflective vests for nighttime driving and helmets for drivers under 21. People over 18 “should decide for themselves what they should wear …

Federal Government Awards $157M to South Carolina for Flood Recovery

South Carolina and two counties hardest hit by last fall’s catastrophic flooding will share $157 million from the federal government, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Monday. HUD Secretary Julian Castro said the state will receive nearly …

South Carolina Lawmakers Seek to Provide $40M in Aid to Farmers Hit by Flood

South Carolina farmers devastated by last fall’s flooding could get up to $40 million in state aid to stay afloat under legislation advanced Wednesday to the House floor. The legislation approved 21-0 by the Ways and Means Committee allows farmers …

South Carolina Prescription Drug Database Mandate to Take Effect April 1

Most doctors in South Carolina will soon be required to consult a statewide database of patients’ medical history as a way to combat the state’s rampant prescription painkiller problem. The changes will direct any doctor who wants to bill either …

South Carolina Lawmaker Plans to Seek Additional Aid for Farmers

The state House’s budget leader says he wants to reassure South Carolina farmers devastated by October’s flooding disaster that the Legislature will help them out. Lawmakers must help farmers survive direct crop losses estimated at $376 million, said Ways and …

South Carolina Governor Denies Farmer Request to Seek Storm Loss Aid

Farmers packed the South Carolina Statehouse on Monday to beg Gov. Nikki Haley to ask Congress for money to offset their estimated $376 million in losses from last month’s historic flooding. But the Republican governor is unwavering in her refusal. …

Gov. Haley Establishes South Carolina Flood Relief Fund

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called on people across the nation Monday to contribute to the One SC relief fund to rebuild homes following last month’s historic flooding, saying it can do what the government can’t. “While the debris has …