The Agenda: New I-526 expected; New area code approved; Medicaid enrollment grows

Sellers' bill would circumvent controversial Obamacare provision

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State transportation officials meet today to discuss changes to an Intergovernmental Agreement that would include changes to how the project is managed and account for cost overruns since the project's initial proposal. [P&C]

A new report by a DC-based nonprofit uses a Fairfield County town as an example of privatization of public utilities gone bad. [P&C]

Jenny Sanford, whose name came up early in talks of who would be the next College of Charleston president, is reportedly one of seven people seeking a seat on the Charleston County Aviation Authority. [The State, P&C]

Denmark state Rep. Bakari Sellers, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, has pre-filed a bill to taken up next year that would effectively circumvent the controversial federal medical device tax included in the Affordable Care Act, providing a tax credit to companies in the state developing medical devices. Sellers carefully dodged CNN reporter Peter Hamby's question about dealing with federal issues in a state election, saying, "I have to get people to understand that my name is Bakari and not Barack." [The State, CNN]

Charleston state Rep. Wendell Gilliard has filed three of the five bills related to issues around homelessness to be taken up in the coming legislative session. [The State, P&C]

Georgetown County state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch believes he'll avoid disciplinary action from his Statehouse colleagues over pending federal charges related to stem cell harvesting allegations swirling around a company he used to own. [The Nerve]

FedEx says it will build a 254,000 square-foot distribution center in Spartanburg County. [S'burg Herald-Journal]

A new area code could be coming to the Lowcountry and Pee Dee areas, and you may have to soon dial full 10-digit number phone numbers instead of the current seven. [SC Radio]

A new report shows that S.C. Medicaid rolls are growing despite the state's rejection of federal Medicaid expansion, but state health director Tony Keck said the state is on track to spend less on the program. [The State]

State Rep. Ted Vick's trial on 2012 DUI charges in Columbia's Five Points area was postponed Wednesday after a judge determined the current pool of jurors couldn't guarantee a fair and impartial trial. [The State]


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