Palmetto Sunrise: Legislative outtakes from the ‘Famously Hot’ City

A busy week for South Carolina’s legislators. (Cynthia Roldán/Staff)

COLUMBIA — It was a busy week in the state’s capital, with a flurry of meetings and bills moving at a faster pace so that they can pass either chamber before next week’s crossover deadline.

Bills that don’t clear at least one chamber by May 1 aren’t given serious consideration, because they are expected to not pass before the last day of session on June 2.

One that was signed into law on Thursday after five years: the Cervical Cancer Prevention Act. Every year, this bill’s progress was halted for varying reasons by different lawmakers.

The law calls for providing educational materials about the Human Papillomavirus infection and the HPV vaccine to families, and making the vaccine available to middle school students with parental permission.

South Carolina ranks seventh in the nation for cervical cancer mortality, according to Planned Parenthood. HPV is an extremely common sexually transmitted infection; 1 in 2 sexually-active people have HPV although many may not know it.

“This is an example of public officials embracing proven public health policy, something we don’t see enough of these days,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “We hope other states follow suit to expand access to care that helps prevent cancer, keeping women and families healthy.”

Something else you may have missed this week?

Longtime spokesman for the House Democratic Caucus, Tyler Jones, launched his own public relations and communications firm, “SPEAK Strategic.” The company is expected to specialize in political and advocacy campaigns, fundraising, strategic and crisis communications, website and graphic design, media relations, and media production, according to a written release.

Jones is expected to continue working for the House Democratic Caucus. He has also pulled into the firm Morgan Allison, known among Columbia’s political circles for her work with the Democratic Caucus as well.

In other news:

Sexual harassment allegation filed against House lawmaker from Moncks Corner (The Post and Courier)

Senate budget panel approves $5 million for International African American Museum (The Post and Courier)

Officers ask lawmakers to increase penalties for K-9 killers (The Associated Press)

Child advocates rally behind proposed changes to ‘Disturbing Schools’ law (The Post and Courier)

Senate gives key approval to counterfeit airbag bill (The Post and Courier)

Senate tightens beach development rules; delay could aid Kiawah project (The State)

Families hurt by gun violence to demand action at Emanuel AME event (The Post and Courier)

Federal Judge Sol Blatt Jr. has passed (The Post and Courier)

Ports Authority plans second inland port in Dillon (The Greenville News)

North Charleston asks feds to help improve police department (The Post and Courier)

Judge approves settlement in Zachary Hammond shooting death (The Greenville News)

I-526 toll would require a long and winding road (The Post and Courier)

Trump: ‘The party has to unite’ (Politico)

GOP veepstakes begin: Candidates start building lists and vetting prospects (The Washington Post)

Donald Trump’s More Accepting Views on Gay Issues Set Him Apart in G.O.P. (The New York Times)