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SC senators advance bill that raises $800 million for roads

...anything, he said."Our job is not to pass a bill based on whether or not the governor will veto it," said Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia. "Her plan is a nonstarter. ... If she wants to veto it, she'll have that opportunity."On...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2015-03-25/sc-senators-advance-bill-raises-800
Senator plans bill to raise $800 million a year for SC roads

...per year, said Cleary, a Republican."It's a lot less than that to get a front-end alignment," said Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia.Cleary said his bill, which will be filed this week, will net somewhere between $700 million and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-03-03/senator-plans-bill-raise-800-
Haley names new director of state's troubled Department of Social Services

...workers, Gillum told senators last week."I do think we're turning a corner, and I thank you for that," Sen. Joel Lourie, a Democratic member of the panel, told Gillum after her progress report.GOP Sen. Katrina Shealy, another panelist...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-12-15/haley-names-new-director-states-tro
Uninsured in South Carolina eligible for Healthy Connections Checkup screenings

...services."Work on what that referral network looks like is a big part" of ongoing work on Checkup, Soura said.Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, said anything the state can do to help the uninsured have access to health care is an improvement...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2014-11-29/uninsured-south-carolina-eli
DSS creating statewide hotline

...will push for one location. But in the meantime, she says, regional hubs are better than the current system.Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, said what matters is having one number to call."The fear and hesitance of someone making that call...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-12-11/dss-creating-statewide-hotlin
Woodrow's Wilson's SC house gets state boost

...Woodrow Wilson Family Home in Columbia was saved Wednesday when lawmakers overrode a veto by Gov. Nikki Haley.Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Richland, said the $250,000 would be used in partnership with the state Department of Parks, Recreation and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-06-19/woodrows-wilsons-sc-hous
Senators: DSS must quickly hire caseworkers

...South Carolina's vulnerable children can't wait for a budget process that creates a two-year delay, said Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia."We've not improved caseloads at all," Lourie said. "This is an inferno blowing out of control...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-09-16/senators-dss-must-quickly-hire-case
Sheheen focusing on DSS in governor's race

...Sheheen wrote.Shealy is among those calling for DSS Director Lillian Koller's removal. Others include Sen. Joel Lourie, a Democrat on the panel; Sheheen; and gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin, who says he jumped into the race specifically...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/2014-05-01/sheheen-focusi
Senate seeks DSS reports in child protection bill

...reporters.The Legislature can't force Koller out. That is a decision for Haley, who appointed her in 2011. But Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, said the Senate will reform the agency with or without Koller, in next year's budget process. The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-05-29/senate-seeks-dss-reports-chil
South Carolina social services director resigns

...The Senate's no-confidence measure was sponsored by four Republi cans and three Democrats.On Thursday, Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, called Haley's refusal to fire Koller an act of negligence. He sits on the bipartisan panel that...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-06-02/sc-social-services-director-q