Georgia legalizes fireworks sales

...General Assembly until the last minute when Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, tacked on amendments that solved problems some lawmakers had with the bill.Opponents contend fireworks are dangerous, but Harper and original sponsor Rep. Jay Roberts, also an...

Route unclear as May 19 deadline nears for DOT to decide whether to grant OK for Palmetto Pipeline

...Transportation to grant a gasoline pipeline company the right to condemn property across 210 miles of Georgia - but landowners, lawmakers and local governments along the route are still seeking answers to questions as fundamental as where the pipeline will run...

Rants & Raves

...minute detail on possible tornadoes last Sunday. Saving lives is much more important than any basketball game. SOUTH CAROLINA lawmaker proposes using a firing squad for executions. They always work. DOES ANYONE REALLY care what Bruce Jenner is? Is that the...

SC lawmakers debate certificate of need program

...South Carolina has been so combative that lawmakers might not resolve it this year.The...tee this week passed a bill that took lawmakers six months to write, altering the certificate...the program. Hospitals sued, saying lawmakers never voted to end the program, and...

Have video ready to roll

...demands for transparency by outside groups and the press.Lawmakers in several states have struggled to find the right balance...rolling. Congratulations to Georgia and South Carolina lawmakers for at least getting that far.

Road-funding bill suffers defeat in SC Senate

...The 26-19 vote failed to gain the necessary two-thirds majority to give special debate status to an issue that both lawmakers and business leaders have called their top priority this year. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Alliance...

SC Senate passes bill on officer body cameras

...agencies would then have three months to submit their own policies for review.The Legislature could reject the guidelines if lawmakers don't like any of them.The vote comes three weeks after a bystander's video of a North Charleston police officer fatally...

South Carolina House OKs bill making it easier to build hospitals

...Supreme Court ruled the program couldn't be eliminated unless lawmakers directly voted to kill it.Smith, R-Sumter, said the...Merrill said. By leaving it alive for more than two years lawmakers gave the lobbyists too much time to twist arms.What certificate...

Report: impact of hotel tax hardest outside Atlanta

...business from the lodging industry, and the biggest impact will be outside of Atlanta, according to industry economists. Lawmakers voted to add a tax of $5 per night to vacation and business travelers to raise money for road repairs as part of a transportation-funding...

Merle Temple's novel filled with familiar political characters

...conversation was taped and turned over to authorities, and his plea deal imploded.There are many other local folks and state lawmakers that resemble real people you might know in A Rented World, and quite a bit of scandal, too.The saddest thing was the...