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Bill tweaking governor’s emergency powers heads to House. A bill that would allow South Carolina legislators to have the chance to change or end a prolonged state of emergency from S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster passed the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. McMaster reportedly supports the bill. Source: Associated Press

S.C. state rep launches committee to challenge Rice following impeachment vote. S.C. State Representative William Bailey announced Tuesday that he is forming a committee to “assess a possible run for thee Republican nomination” for Rice’s seat. Source: The State

Rape, incest exceptions quietly added to S.C. abortion ban bill. South Carolina senators quietly added exceptions for rape and incest to a bill Tuesday that would ban almost all abortions in the state, likely boosting its chances of finally passing the chamber. Source: The Post and Courier

Charleston mayor hopes to improve racial justice, fight against pandemic. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said in last night’s State of the City address that he hopes to make many improvements this year from dealing with the pandemic to flooding and climate change. Source: WCSC TV

S.C. Statehouse to fight over free parking in beach towns. A Senate subcommittee Tuesday unanimously approved a bill requiring local governments to get permission from the state before altering or changing any parking on state roads or blocking a road owned by South Carolina. Source: Associated Press