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Henry McMaster

  • South Carolina officials who have been sued over a law banning school districts from issuing face mask mandates say that they should be removed from pending litigation. That's the argument made in recent court filings from Gov. Henry McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson and others being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU is suing on behalf of disability rights groups and parents of South Carolina children with disabilities. The plaintiffs are challenging a budget measure passed this summer that prevents South Carolina districts from using any state funding to require masks in schools.
  • South Carolina's highest court on Thursday tossed out a school mask mandate in Columbia, saying it contradicts a state budget measure aimed at preventing face covering requirements.
  • Small towns in South Carolina are one step closer to getting $435 million in pandemic relief money. The state Department of Administration requested the funds from the federal government last week after a directive from Gov. Henry McMaster. The money is part of the nearly $8.9 billion flowing into the state through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.
  • A growing number of school districts in South Carolina are defying a provision from state lawmakers banning mandatory face coverings for students. But not all. Many districts are afraid the General Assembly will withhold state budget money if they do so. Lawmakers passed the ban mostly along party lines in June, when the state was seeing 20 times fewer new COVID-19 cases. Many districts and some lawmakers with second thoughts hope a state Supreme Court challenge to the mask rule will make things clearer. But there is no indication when the justices might rule.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union, representing disability rights groups and parents of children with disabilities, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday over a South Carolina law that bans school districts from requiring face masks, arguing the ban excludes vulnerable students from public schools.
  • This episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 24, 2021, features: comments from the state Congressional delegation on the $1.2 trillion Senate infrastructure bill, earmarks, and Afghanistan; the latest data from DHEC on climbing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations; Pfizer's vaccine gets full approval from the FDA; and more.
  • On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for August 21, 2021, we look at the current COVID-19 situation in the state, including the debate over masks in schools, the latest case numbers, vaccination recommendations for pregnant women, and much more.
  • South Carolina's health agency has become the latest group to ask lawmakers to make it clear that school districts can require students to wear masks without losing state budget money or any other penalties. The General Assembly put the mask ban item into the budget in early June when South Carolina was seeing an average of 150 COVID-19 cases a day. Ten weeks later, the state is seeing about 3,520 new cases each day.
  • A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by four jobless South Carolinians against Gov. Henry McMaster over his decision earlier this summer to exit the federal unemployment programs providing extra money to residents. State Judge Lawton McIntosh wrote in a Friday order that it was up to state officials to leave the coronavirus pandemic assistance programs that provide additional federal funds to the jobless.
  • A leading anti-abortion group has picked South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster as its first state-level endorsement in next year's elections. The organization tells The Associated Press that it's part of a broader strategy to seed top jobs with abortion opponents as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to give states more power over the issue. Officials from the Susan B. Anthony List will travel to Greenville on Wednesday to give their endorsement to McMaster, a Republican currently his second full term in office. Marjorie Dannenfelser, the organization's president, told The Associated Press that McMaster's key role in a case challenging Mississippi's new abortion law makes him "a hero in defending life" and a good fit for their group.