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Some Republican senators questioned the necessity of a hate crimes bill for South Carolina during a Senate committee hearing yesterday, but the bill passed 13-10 to head to the Senate floor. Some legislators, particularly in the Charleston area, worry that the bill may not pass this year due to time constraints. South Carolina remains one of just two states without a hate crimes law. More: Associated Press, WTGS, The Post and Courier

In other headlines:

Shootout follows judge ruling against Columbia gun laws. Gun-control rules enacted by the city of Columbia violate state law and are invalid, a Richland County judge ruled May 4. Minutes after the ruling became public, a gun fight was reported in Five Points. More: The Post and Courier

S.C. House passes Santee Cooper reform bill with changes. The S.C. General Assembly is wanting to continue fielding offers from private companies looking to purchase Santee Cooper, despite passing the reform measure with some amendments. More: The State

Parklets offer lifeline for Charleston businesses during pandemic. Outdoor dining spaces thrived during pandemic-fueled restrictions on businesses, giving some the bump they needed to stay afloat. More: Charleston City Paper

O’Neil wins reelection to Sullivan’s Island mayor, record voter turnout seen. Patrick O’Neil won another term as mayor of Sullivan’s Island with record-breaking voter turnout due, in part, to the past council’s decision on a maritime forest. Three new faces — Gary Visser, Justin Novak and Scott Millimet — won seats on Town Council to send a clear message that conservation is a priority on the island. More: The Post and Courier

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