The Agenda: DOT funding could be dead; Bright bill gets hearing; Merrill reportedly named in SLED report

Opponents pepper Senate committee with criticism of Bright's 'bathroom bill'

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Protesters stood outside the Statehouse Wednesday ahead of a hearing on Bright's bill - COLIN DEMAREST, CAROLINA REPORTER / SC NEWS EXCHANGE
  • Colin Demarest, Carolina Reporter / SC News Exchange
  • Protesters stood outside the Statehouse Wednesday ahead of a hearing on Bright's bill

The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into complaints against Aiken police officers after a couple says they were subjected to an invasive search which including a roadside cavity search. Source: Aiken Standard

A highway funding bill could be dead after House members altered the way the bill is funded and internal governance of SCDOT. Source: AP, SC Radio, G'ville News

Stefanie Santana Bannister stands outside the Statehouse on Wednesday - COLIN DEMAREST, CAROLINA REPORTER / SC NEWS EXCHANGE
  • Colin Demarest, Carolina Reporter / SC News Exchange
  • Stefanie Santana Bannister stands outside the Statehouse on Wednesday

Senators considering whether Sen. Lee Bright's bill restricting the use of public bathrooms heard from critics yesterday who said the bill amounted to "an attack" on transgender South Carolinians. Bright insisted that bill opponents "want men who claim to be women to go in the bathroom with children," but U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says he's unaware of any incidents of people pretending to be the opposite sex in S.C. restrooms. Source: Spartanburg Herald-Journal, AP, Reuters

Charleston state Rep. Jim Merrill and Columbia Rep. Rick Quinn are said to be named in a once-redacted SLED report examining potential public corruption in the state legislature. The report, filed with the State Supreme Court last week, is at the center of the ongoing turf war between Attorney General Alan Wilson and Solicitor David Pascoe. Source: The State

A Senate measure to require outside income disclosure would mandate that lawmakers say who is paying them outside of state government, but not how much. Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen says the proposal is "fake" disclosure. Republican state Sen. Larry Martin says detailed disclosure would discourage people from running for office. Source: AP, P&C


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