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Jack Kingston's Senate runoff loss means less clout in Washington for Georgia

...to do. He's too young to retire. He has too much energy and likes people too much."In 1992, Kingston was a state legislator who made a living selling agribusiness insurance when he became the first Republican since Reconstruction elected...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/elections/2014-07-27/jack-kingstons
Checkered progress on disabled care despite ruling

...Foundation, a nonprofit that analyzes health policy issues.To make non-institutional services a right across states, legislators would have to change federal law.Sylvia Waring, 45, of Philadelphia, entered a nursing home in 2011. She...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2014-06-29/checkered-progress-disabled-care-de
Augusta Commission to talk budget, personnel at retreat

...including a schedule for setting mill rates and developing the 2015 budget.Commissioner Bill Lock ett said that as state legislators continue to erode local governments' ability to raise revenue, such as a recent exemption for energy used in manufacturing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-06-22/augusta-commission-talk-
Ethics reform bill dies on last day of SC session

...Legislature last passed ethics reform after a 1990 FBI operation that resulted in 27 convictions or guilty pleas of state legislators and lobbyists.The push for reform was renewed in 2012 when Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned and pleaded to campaign...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-06-19/ethics-reform-bill-dies-last-
South Carolina Supreme Court won't revisit ruling requiring medical facility building program

...the nearly $2 million needed to run the program, she said the process should be sorted out in the free market. State legislators ultimately sustained Haley's veto, although some House Republicans said that they didn't intend to nix the program...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-06-02/sc-supreme-court-wont-revisit-rulin
Butler Derrick, former SC congressman, dies

...he died in Easley, surrounded by family. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.An Edgefield lawyer and state legislator, Derrick served for 20 years in the U.S. House before deciding not to seek re-election in 1994."He loved...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-05-05/butler-derrick-former-sc-cong
SC bishops: Schools failing children, need boost

...of children they say are stuck in poverty and hopelessness.The bishops aim to persuade their congregations and state legislators to fix an education system struggling with crumbling buildings, inadequate funding, and low expectations, The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-05-04/sc-bishops-schools-failing-ch
Plan addresses human trafficking issue

...Wilson said Thursday. "As we find things, we realized that we've got to start tracking this stuff."In 2012, state legislators passed a measure intended to strengthen South Carolina's anti-human-trafficking laws.The law also created...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-06-12/plan-addresses-human-traffick
California chefs, bartenders fight new law, common in most states, that bans bare-hand contact

...restricts his employees' in their craft.Hearing restaurant owners echo his concerns about the law's inflexibility, state legislators are considering a reversal before fines start this summer.Since 1993, the U.S. Food and Drug Admin istration...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-03-24/california-chefs-bartender
Local small business owners avoid taking credit cards, extra fees

...banned in some states, collecting surcharges is legal in Georgia. The jury is still out in South Carolina while state legislators look further into the issue.In addition to paying for processing costs, business owners face a daunting task when...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-03-14/local-small