Friday, March 22, 2013

The Agenda - Boland Bill advances, SC-1 recount today, Cashing out sweepstakes machines

I-26 to get more law enforcement eyes

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Sharing donors - Elizabeth Colbert Busch is collecting donations (NBC News) from everyone she can, including some Republican friends in the Charleston area who cite their loyalty to "Lulu," as she's known, in her race for the U.S. House.

It's a recount - Votes in Tuesday's Republican primary in the 1st District are set to be formally recounted today, (AP) but it isn't expected to change the outcome—former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic currently holds a lead over state Sen. Larry Grooms of just under 500 votes. The top two vote-getters from Tuesday's contest will face off in a runoff on April 2 to determine who will face Democrat Colbert Busch in May.

Gone to jackpot - Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to sign a bill (AP) that would outlaw so-called "sweepstakes" gaming machines, which are seen by many as a new-generation workaround longstanding state law outlawing video poker.

Boland Bill - A state House subcommittee approved a bill (Live 5) already passed by the state Senate that was written in response to the gun incident at Ashley Hall School earlier this year in which a woman with a history of mental illness was able to legally purchase a gun and attempt to shoot a teacher outside the school. The new bill would incoroporate (AP) mental health records into background check systems.

One-way ticket - Charleston Aviation Authority Chairman Andy Savage says he's mounted an investigation (P&C) into a report that members tried to steer airport construction work to a specific company as part of a $200 million terminal project.

Boeing landing - Speaking of the airport, the Aviation Authority approved the sale (P&C) of 320 acres near Charleston International Airport to Boeing Co. for $12.5 million. Last year, Boeing expressed interest (Charleston Biz) in buying the land to "protect our potential needs for future growth."

It's logistics - New numbers released (GSA Biz) by the state Dept. of Commerce show that 47,000 jobs and 2,600 companies in South Carolina play a part in the transportation, distribution, and logistics (TDL) sector, generating $3.5 billion in total sales a year.

On the road - In response to requests (Live 5) from local lawmakers after a rash of violence and speeing near and along I-26 in the Charleston area, local law enforcement will start ramping up safety checks along the interstate.

Rubbin' is racin' - Darlington Raceway is in the process (The State) of widening the 60,000+ seats at the track, but doing so will cause it to lose some seats and become ineligible for an admission tax exemption based on the speedway's current capacity. No problem, the speedway is hoping lawmakers will simply change the exception.

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