The Agenda: Last day of session in Columbia; Roads bill passes; Haley targets Republican incumbents

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Gov. Nikki Haley is hitting the campaign trail this week to endorse Republicans challenging incumbents she wants to see out of the Statehouse - GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
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  • Gov. Nikki Haley is hitting the campaign trail this week to endorse Republicans challenging incumbents she wants to see out of the Statehouse

Today is the last day of the legislative session in the Statehouse, and members of both chambers are scrambling to have their proposals heard. Source: P&C

The House and Senate have agreed on bill that will spend $4 billion on roads repairs over the next decade, allowing some 400 S.C. bridges to be replaced. The measure now heads to the governor's desk. Source: The State, P&C

Charleston tennis player Shelby Rogers fell in two sets in her Wednesday quarterfinals match at the French Open, losing to the 4th-ranked player in the world, Garbine Muguruza. Source: P&C

State Sen. Marlon Kimpson withdrew amendments he proposed to a bill allowing Georgia gun permit holders to carry legally in South Carolina, a measure that all but three senators present supported in its final vote. Kimpson backed off after assurances that a bill that he hopes will close the so-called "Charleston loophole" will get hearings in the Senate. Source: P&C

The state House will likely vote on a measure today that would provide some oversight of Charleston County School Board finances, a measure that local senators hope will allow for more public input before school closures. Source: P&C

Outgoing Richland County state Sen. Joel Lourie in his farewell speech yesterday: "Ah, and then there's the senator from Spartanburg, Sen. Lee Bright. What can I say about you? [Pause] Well, that's about it." Source: The State

Local state Sen. Paul Thurmond also gave his farewell speech yesterday. Source: P&C

Gov. Nikki Haley is making stops across the state this week, endorsing Republican challengers to incumbent lawmakers, including Richard Skipper against Sen. Hugh Leatherman (Florence), Wes Climer against Sen. Wes Hayes (Rock Hill), Scott Pyle over Sen. Luke Rankin (Horry), and Reese Boyd III over state Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, both of whom are running for a vacant Grand Strand senate seat. Haley said she's "never been more disappointed in a legislator than in Stephen Goldfinch." Source: Florence Morning News, Rock Hill Herald, The State, South Strand News

Eight years after a mentally-ill inmate died in a S.C. prison, the state has agreed to spend nearly $9 million to upgrade prison facilities and staffing. Source: The State, G'ville News


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