Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Agenda: "Fun Home" creator responds; Senate votes against tighter ethics; Courier Square concept OK'd

State Medicaid program cheated out of $30 million

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:03 PM

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Alison Bechdel, the creator of the graphic memoir under fire by one conservative state lawmaker, "Fun Home," which was assigned to incoming College of Charleston freshmen last fall, told the Robot 6 blog that the situation here "is sad and absurd," after state funding for the school's summer reading program has been pulled from the state budget, calling it ironic since the book examines "the toll that this sort of small-mindedness takes on people's lives.". [Robot 6]

During debate over long-sought ethics reform for state politicians, senators yesterday defeated an amendment brought by Dem gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen that would have required them to disclose their income. The amendment was defeated by a voice vote, meaning no lawmaker will be noted as being on the record for or against the measure. [AP]

The Senate also defeated an amendment that was supposedly inserted in error by the House that would have sunsetted many state environmental and public health regulations. [AP]

DHEC confirms that 300 people were exposed to the hepatitis A virus at a Hilton Head seafood restaurant, but there are no confirmed cases at this time. [SC Radio]

Conceptual building plans for the massive development slated for property owned by the parent company of the Post and Courier, said to be worth up to $85 million, received approval from the BAR yesterday. [P&C]

A new report released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services says that health care providers cheated the South Carolina Medicaid program out of more than $30 million during 2010. [P&C]

Military and government officials joined Wednesday to kick off a campaign to lower the military veteran unemployment rate, which is higher than the state's overall jobless rate. [AP]

A bill that's moved through the Statehouse quickly to forgive some of the makeup days needed after this year's winter weather passed the state Senate yesterday. [The State]

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