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Passing a state hate crimes bill seems to be on the back burner in the Palmetto State. Only South Carolina and Wyoming have no hate crimes law, according to stories in today’s news that highlight how S.C. Republican senators don’t appear to be in any rush to make their state the 49th in the county to pass a hate crimes law. More: Associated Press, WCSC TV, The State, The Post and Courier 

In other headlines:

McMaster, lawmakers at odds on $525M SRS settlement fund distribution. The federal government paid South Carolina $525 million after it failed to build a facility to convert plutonium into fuel for nuclear power and stored the plutonium on the Savannah River Site. Now, Gov. Henry McMaster and lawmakers are at odds as to who gets the settlement. More: The State 

Lowcountry lawmakers rally behind Childs for SCOTUS nomination. South Carolina Representative J.A. Moore, D-Berkeley, introduced a resolution Tuesday in support of South Carolina Judge Michelle Childs’ potential nomination to be the first Black woman on the United States Supreme Court. More: WCBD TV

Historic Black schoolhouse in Mount Pleasant gets $100K from Boone Hall. A partnership between Boone Hall Plantation staff and the African American Historic Settlement Commission could help uplift the little-known history around what African Americans did once they left the plantation after the Civil War. More: The Post and Courier, WCBD TV, WCSC TV

Charleston County Council urges lawmakers to implement stricter register of deeds qualifications. A resolution passed by the Charleston County Council Tuesday advocates for the South Carolina General Assembly to implement more rigorous requirements for the county’s Register of Deeds position. More: The Post and Courier, WCBD TV, WCSC TV

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