Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Agenda: BAR denies Jasper plan (again); Haley signs domestic violence bill; Roads bill likely dead

Hicks: "Road solutions are stymied by gasbags"

Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 11:42 AM

click to enlarge The most recent plan for the Jasper called for a scaled back size from earlier proposals, but did not win favor of neighborhood groups or the BAR - BEACH COMPANY/BAR
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  • The most recent plan for the Jasper called for a scaled back size from earlier proposals, but did not win favor of neighborhood groups or the BAR

The Charleston Board of Architectural Review once again denied a proposal from the Beach Company to build a large-scale, mixed-use high-rise development on the Broad Street site of the Sergeant Jasper apartment building. Opponents from city preservation groups and local neighborhoods packed the house for the meeting to speak out against the plan. Source: P&C

The state Senate has approved a bill that would allow companies like Uber to operate in South Carolina, but the House still needs to give it the OK. Gov. Nikki Haley has said she supports the legislation. Source: P&C, The State

OSHA has handed down fines totaling more than $101,000 to Detyens Shipyards, which operates a drydock shipyard in the old Navy Yard in North Charleston. Violations include fall, electrical, and amputation hazards. Source: P&C

Gov. Nikki Haley has signed a bill that would toughen domestic violence penalties that she says "no longer puts the convenience of the abuser first." Source: P&C

Lawmakers criticized by the governor for supporting borrowing to pay for budget line items claim she's now using the same approach to finance already-committed funds to lure Volvo to its new Berkeley County manufacturing site. Source: The State, Greenville News

Charleston County School District has announced three superintendent candidates, including two were previously announced by the board amidst some controversy. Source: P&C

You may have heard about the curious case of hundreds of thousands of chickens killed off on S.C. poultry farms, but in a new profile this week, Bloomberg talks to the law enforcement and business officials behind the incident. Source: Bloomberg

Facing a filibuster by Beaufort state Senator Tom Davis and the prospect of further stalling by opponents, a bill to begin fixing the state's road system is almost assuredly dead for the year. The effort was hailed as a top priority of lawmakers from both parties and Gov. Nikki Haley going into the session. Source: Greenville News

From the P&C opinion pages, Brian Hicks goes after the Koch brothers-funded group Americans for Prosperity for standing in the way of a state gas tax increase: "Road solutions are stymied by gasbags" Source: P&C

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