The Greenville News found that South Carolina DHEC did not take proper steps when it found lead levels in mostly-rural systems higher than the state’s ‘action level’ between 2011 and 2015. Source: G’ville News
Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation say they’ll toe the party line on President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, ruling out any consideration of an Obama administration candidate. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said last week that he worried that a hard-lined Republican stance could set a permanent precedent. Source: P&C, HuffPost
P&C editorial: “Give Garland fair consideration”
House Speaker Jay Lucas says the House will not pursue a gas tax increase this year to fund road repairs. The settled-upon Senate’s plan for road funding commits $400 million off the top the state’s general fund surplus, a method that Democrats argued isn’t sustainable. Source: G’ville News
Congressman Trey Gowdy has a Democratic challenger in the state’s fourth Congressional District, 26-year old USC Law grad Chris Fedalei. Source: G’ville News
The state Senate picks up debate today on a bill that would require foreign refugees to register with the state and be tracked by SLED. Source: P&
A bill named after Tucker Hipps that would require colleges to document conduct violations by fraternities and sororities was passed by the House this week. Hipps was attending Clemson in 2014 when he was found dead in Lake Hartwell after an early-morning run with fraternity members. A lawsuit filed by the family alleges negligence by fraternity members. Source: G’ville News, AP, Anderson Independent-Mail
Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster has agreed to pay a $5,100 fine and repay $73,000 in excessive contributions collected during his unsuccessful 2010 governor’s race. Source: AP
With Marco Rubio’s withdrawal from the GOP presidential race, Gov. Nikki Haley says she’s praying for a win by Ted Cruz to beat back billionaire Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. Source: P&C
BMW and the State Ports Authority are celebrating the 2 millionth BMW manufactured in the Upstate to be exported. Source: AP
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