State House Week

All Stations: Fridays: 6:45 am, 8:45 am, 1:33 pm, 4:44 pm

  State House Week, with host Russ McKinney, focuses on the House of Representatives and Senate sessions, House and Senate committee meetings, public hearings and other South Carolina Government events.

In this episode of State House Week, Russ McKinney reviews action in the SC Senate on roads funding, and reports on a house bill aimed at helping state farmers who suffered losses during last fall’s flooding. 

In this week's episode of State House Week, host Russ McKinney discusses the election of a new member of the SC Supreme Court, and some state senators complain that the plan to fund repairs to South Carolina roads is moving much too slow.

This week on 'State House Week," host Russ McKinney gives us an update on events in the South Carolina legislature.  The SC State Senate is finally beginning to craft legislation to fund road and bridge repairs, and to restrict the re-location of Syrian refugees in the state.

Governor Haley outlines her plans to improve public education, and fight domestic violence in her annual State of the State Address.

This week Russ McKinney looks at the Governor’s sixth State of the State report to the General Assembly.

The 2016 session of the South Carolina General Assembly is underway.   Russ McKinney looks at the key issues that will be debated, and takes a look ahead to Gov. Nikki Haley’s upcoming State of the State speech.

In this first episode of State House Week for the 2016 legislative session, host Russ McKinney previews some of the topics we should expect the  S.C. General Assembly to tackle this year.

Russ McKinney recaps an historic week at the South Carolina State House which culminated in the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the capitol grounds to the Confederate Relic Room and Millitary Museum.


The Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina State House, July 9, 2015.
Jim Covington

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s signed into law Thursday afternoon a bill that removes the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House.

With the shooting deaths of nine African-American worshipers in Charleston’s Emanuel A. M. E. Church on June 17th, and the discovery later that week that the accused gunman, Dylan Roof, now in custody, had posted on-line pictures of himself with the Confederate Battle Flag along with a racist “manifesto,” a growing, public opinion against the display of the flag at the State House memorial for the Confederate dead  resulted in Thursday afternoon’s event. The bill, approved by the South Carolina Legislature, removes the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. Final passage of the bill came early Thursday morning.

The flag will be lowered Friday morning at 10:00 am.

Archived broadcast coverage of Haley's signing here...

  The State Legislature will take up debate Monday on whether or not to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds. A two-thirds vote in each body is required to pass a removal bill and send it to the Governor. Russ McKinney has more.

Russ McKinney looks at an extraordinary week at the Statehouse as the General Assembly appears to move toward removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.

A somber atmosphere descended on the State House this week following the tragic death of Jasper County Senator Clementa Pinckney.

Failure to pass next year’s State Budget bill brings the General Assembly back to Columbia for a  special legislative session.  Host Russ McKinney outlines what lawmakers hope to accomplish in this special session.

Governor Haley signed into law a new Domestic Violence Bill.  However lawmakers left Columbia without taking action on a number of important matters.  Host Russ Mckinney discusses these items and more as this year’s regular session of the S.C. General Assembly ends.

State House Week host Russ McKinney discusses the debate over new tax revenue and road repair  in the final days of this year’s legislative session.

Russ McKinney
South Carolina Public Radio

This week on State House Week, host Russ McKinney discusses how the roads debate continues to dominate the S.C. Senate.