Palmetto Sunrise: Domestic violence vote this week? Snow, opposition could provide challenges

The victims of domestic violence in South Carolina are represented with silhouettes during the annual Silent Witness program at the statehouse.

Backers of the Senate’s domestic violence reform bill say they hope it will be voted on this week, but they’ll have to contend with wintry weather along with vocal opposition.

The bill’s gun ban provision, which would take firearms from convicted batterers for a decade, has stoked heated debate that became personal Tuesday as the state’s lone female senator recounted how her sister narrowly escaped being killed by her then husband.

The Senate soundly rejected a trio of amendments Wednesday that the bill’s supporters say would have weakened the gun ban. But clashes between senators who say the ban is necessary to save lives and those who say it infringes upon the Second Amendment aren’t the only challenge in the way of getting it to a vote this week.

There’s also the snow: The legislature won’t meet Thursday because of wintry weather in the Upstate.

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A Senate panel voted to oust S.C. State’s board of trustees.

The S.C. House plans to nudge the Senate toward passing ethics reforms.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is sitting out the massive Conservative Political Action Conference this week.

A new fee on South Carolina cellphone bills to subsidize landlines is headed to the full Senate.

The state is shuttering its second minimum-security prison this year. North Charleston’s Coastal Pre-Release Center closes in April.

The feds are proposing protections for coastal waters along South Carolina that would keep oil rigs out.