Recent News


The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) on March 13 announced the availability of grant funding for projects aimed at improving air quality by reducing diesel emissions. Diesel emissions make up a significant portion of mobile source air pollution in South Carolina, and less diesel emissions can lead to better air quality. 

For federal fiscal year (FFY) 2023,

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Brandon Ellis wears several hats, including Georgetown County Emergency Services Director and Emergency Manager. His leadership saw the Emergency Services Department recognized as Agency of the Year by the South Carolina Emergency Management Association (SCEMA) in 2023. And this year, Ellis was honored by SCEMA as Director of the Year.... Read more


Legislators met in a Joint Assembly this week and elected Hon. John W. Kittredge as the new Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court. The Senate spent most of the week debating a Judicial Merit Selection Commission reform bill (S. 1046) that was previously set for special order.

Both chambers took up and adopted the conference report on the constitutional carry of concealable weapons bill (... Read more


After weeks of the judicial elections being held up in the Senate, legislators reached a resolution by placing a judicial reform bill (S. 1046) in the special order status. Senators began debating the bill Thursday. The Senate and House then agreed to hold the election for the South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice at noon March 6. All the other judicial elections will be at noon April 17.

The House debated and passed a bill that creates the Executive Office of Health and... Read more


County officials from around the state gathered in Columbia this month for two days of education, collaboration and advocacy during Counties Connect 2024. This year’s event on Feb. 20-21 saw more than 150 participants who took part in Institute of Government classes, the Council Chairperson’s Workshop, Legislative Reception and Counties Connect: A Legislative Action Day.  

“We had a great turnout this year! It was wonderful to connect with so many county officials from around the state... Read more