COLUMBIA, SC — The author of a Senate proposal that would restrict state participation in the federal health care law known as Obamacare said his amendment offers opponents of the law a chance to do something other than shake their fists.
But a Democratic senator said that if passed the proposal would lead lawmakers down a “dangerous road” where legislators pick and choose which federal laws they want to follow.
The debate over a bill to limit the state’s participation in Obamacare ended Wednesday in the Senate without any votes but plenty of passion and even a controversial tweet from Gov. Nikki Haley.
“Fire alarm just went off in the Statehouse,” she tweeted. “I wonder if it was a senator who pulled it to avoid debate on Obamacare?”
Her quip drew sharp comments from Democrats. Read more ›
3,175 cases probed; action taken in 355 where inmates involved
COLUMBIA — State prison officials have conducted 3,175 investigations of employee conduct since 2005 and handed out 355 disciplinary actions that may involve inmates.
Those numbers, released to The Greenville News as a result of state Freedom of Information Act requests, are raising the eyebrows of some lawmakers, who wonder why more investigations didn’t result in disciplinary actions.
Clark Newsom, spokesman for the prison system, told The News that the 355 represents the number of disciplinary actions for which computer codes show possible involvement of an inmate. Read more ›