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LGBTQ protections added back to S.C. hate crime bill, sent to House. A group of South Carolina House members added back protections for gay or transgender people to a hate crime bill, five days after removing them. They then voted to remove stalking and harassment from potential hate crimes, leaving the proposal only to deal with violent offenses. Source: Associated Press

Citadel cadet, Army recruit from S.C. charged in U.S. Capitol riot connection. Two more South Carolina men, a Citadel cadet and an Army recruit, face charges connected with participating in the U.S. Capitol riot in January. Source: The Post and Courier

S.C. House panel loosens gun permit rules ahead of open carry debate. A day before the S.C. House is expected to debate a bill that would allow permitted gun owners to openly carry, a House panel passed a proposal that would strike the permit requirement. Source: The State

State flag design sparks further debate, decision falls on lawmakers. South Carolina senators may soon take up one of the most divisive issues to hit the state in years: standardizing the state flag’s iconic design. Source: Associated Press

S.C. House panel rejects bill to ban transgender athletes from girls’ sports. An S.C. House panel shelved a GOP-led proposal yesterday that would prevent participation in girls’ middle and high school sports by transgender athletes. One Republican called the proposal deceptively worded. Source: The Post and Courier