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The S.C. House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee on Monday in Columbia will hold a public hearing on a bill to allow the use of medical marijuana in South Carolina.

On Thursday, a subcommittee made few changes to the Senate-passed bill, which was approved 28-15 in February after seven days of debate and more than 60 changes, according to the Associated Press.  

Before sending the measure to the full committee, a 3M House subcommittee cleaned up language, such as typos, and restored podiatrists to the list of doctors who could prescribe medical marijuana pending extra training.  

“I think the potential [for advancing to the House floor] is very strong,” Rep. Leon Howard, D – Richland, said in a story by WCSC-TV. “The support on the 3M Committee seems to be strong; the support in the House seems to be strong.” 

In other recent news:

S.C. Senate greenlights expanded private school vouchers.  The S.C. Senate on Wednesday gave key approval by a 25-15 vote to a bill allowing some poorer or disabled students to use taxpayer money to attend private school or a public school outside their district. The measure now heads to the House, which has been more agreeable to private school vouchers in the past.

At least 3 S.C. superintendent candidates don’t have required master’s degreeSeveral candidates for state superintendent don’t meet a little-known requirement signed into law four years ago, potentially cutting the 12-candidate field down to less than 10 before ballots are even released.

S.C. House legislators walk back restrictive parts of proposed teaching bill. House legislators have scaled back efforts to restrict what students are taught about U.S. history, civics and current events, going against a proposed bill that would ban lessons that may cause students to feel uncomfortable.

S.C. lawmakers advance bill pushing unproven “abortion reversal.”  S.C. lawmakers fast-tracked a bill after similar legislation stalled in the Senate. The measure would apply to doctors providing patients with chemical abortions.

Transgender athlete ban making quick trip to S.C. House floor. A proposal to ban transgender students from playing girls’ and women’s sports in public South Carolina high schools and colleges is moving through the state House after stalling twice last year.

GOP’s Reichenback wins special Florence race. Political newcomer Mike Reichenbach was the overwhelming winner of a special election to fill the seat in Florence and Darlington counties left open when state Sen. Hugh Leatherman died last year. He defeated Democratic candidate Suzanne La Rochelle during Tuesday’s special election. He will be the only Black Republican state senator when he joins the General Assembly next week.

Student killed at Greenville’s Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville. A 12-year-old student shot Thursday at Tanglewood Middle School in Greenville County has died. A 12-year-old boy has been charged with his murder, according to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting made national news. More: Greenville News.

Beasley speaks on world hunger amid conflict in Ukraine. Former S.C. Gov. David Beasley is calling on corporations and billionaires to contribute to the global food crisis as the United Nations’ World Food Program is billions short of the funding it needs to address the problem amid the war in Ukraine.

Haley publishes book celebrating achievements of women. Former S.C. governor and U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley is publishing her third book. This one focuses on inspirational female leaders.

This story first appeared in City Paper sister publication Statehouse Report.


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