South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 17, 2017) – A bill introduced in the South Carolina House would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in…

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Jan. 27, 2017) – A bill introduced in the South Carolina House would establish the South Carolina Industrial Hemp Program. Passage would ease some regulations, expand the market and further nullify federal prohibition in effect. Rep. Michael Pitts (R-Laurens) and Rep. Russell Ott (D-St. Matthews) introduced House Bill 3559 (H3559) on Jan. 24.…

COLUMBIA, Sc. (Jan. 13, 2016) – A South Carolina Senate bill would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, a first step to nullify the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same.  Introduced by Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) and five bipartisan co-sponsors, Senate Bill 212 (S.212) states that “a qualifying patient is not subject to…

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Dec. 27, 2016) – Two South Carolina House bills slated for introduction in 2017 would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. Pre-filed by Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia), House Bill 3128 (H.3128) would allow qualifying medical patients the ability to possess “up…

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Jun. 23, 2016) – Last month, Governor Nikki Haley signed a law to make constitutional education a requirement for South Carolina public school students. However, South Carolina residents must remain vigilant to ensure that this new program correctly depicts the intent of the Founding Fathers and their revolutionary documents. House Bill 3848 (H3848)…

COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 5, 2016)  – On Friday, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law a bill that sets the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally-ill patients. A bipartisan coalition of seven Representatives sponsored House Bill 4542 (H.4542). The new law gives…

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 17, 2016) – A Democratic opponent of a South Carolina bill that would ban state enforcement of any future federal gun control measures recently put his constitutional ignorance on display during a recent Senate committee hearing. H4701 would prohibit South Carolina state agencies from enforcing any federal law, rule, or regulation taking effect…

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 28, 2016) – Last week, the South Carolina Senate stripped a bill of provisions to defund state participation in some contentious federal refugee resettlement programs. A coalition of seven senators introduced Senate Bill 997 (S.0997) on Jan. 14. The legislation would have generally banned state expenditures directly or indirectly benefiting a refugee placed…