By Jeremy Borden
COLUMBIA – An 1800s-era South Carolina law that led to state police cracking down on a retirement community’s card and dice games may see a change under a bill that passed a Senate panel on Tuesday.
The S.C. Senate Judiciary Committee also passed a bill that would crack down on unruly library patrons.
Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, said his email was flooded after state police told the community manager at Sun City Hilton Head that bridge, Mahjong and other games were illegal and needed to be stopped. The committee agreed in a 21-0 vote that the law needed an update and wasn’t aimed at social gatherings among retirees. Read more ›
COLUMBIA – Tearful pleas from two mothers – one who lost an infant daughter and another who adopted a child in foster care – led to a lawmaker’s continued calls on Wednesday for the head of the Department of Social Services to step down.
The DSS General Oversight Committee met once again this week to continue listening to testimony from parents and child welfare officials about their experiences with the agency. Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, reiterated afterward he’d like to see DSS Director Lillian Koller resign.
During the meeting, the panel heard cries for reform at the agency from Winton Swanson, a Greenville resident who adopted a teenaged boy from DSS in 2012. Kathryn Martin – mother of a 3-month-old girl who died at an illegal Greenville in-home day care center of suffocation – also made a tearful plea for workers to perform more inspections at facilities. Read more ›