S.C. legislative action for the week:
STATE BUDGET: A compromise version of South Carolina's nearly $5 billion spending plan was approved Thursday after a conference committee ditched House plans to eliminate abortion coverage under the state's health plan for victims of rape and incest. The six-member panel's approval on Thursday sends the spending bill back to the House and Senate for final approval and should have the budget on Gov. Mark Sanford's desk by early next week. The abortion proposal had been portrayed by budget writers as a key sticking point. But it was barely discussed when the conference committee met. With a 6-0 vote, the panel approved continuing to allow abortions under the plan for rape and incest victims as well as to protect the mother's health.