Palmetto Sunrise: Legislature moves forward with addressing domestic violence

The South Carolina Statehouse. Grace Beahm/Staff

COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley’s State of the State address on Wednesday may not have included the issue of criminal domestic violence, but the topic is very much alive in both chambers of the General Assembly.

The House’s Special Criminal Domestic Violence Ad Hoc Committee will meet today to discuss issues related to penalties, bond for those who are accused, and social policy.

The House will tackle the issue just a day after Senate members spent five hours discussing a bill that they ultimately advanced, and includes a provision that would take guns from anyone convicted of a domestic violence charge, The Post and Courier’s Jeremy Borden reported. The bill also would take away the gun rights of anyone who has had a protective order in a domestic violence case against them.

State of the State news:

Haley backs gas tax hike in State of State speech (The Post and Courier)

Haley’s road plan already meeting resistance (The Post and Courier)

Haley’s anti-union stance draws criticism (The Post and Courier)

Haley pays tribute to Charleston Mayor Joe Riley during State of State (The Post and Courier)

Haley’s State of the State Address (The Post and Courier)

Other news:

Domestic violence bill sent to Senate with gun ban intact (The Post and Courier)

South Carolina senators cancel meeting to discuss open records bills (The Associated Press)

Port of Charleston seeing fast-paced growth, increased efficiency (The Post and Courier)

Parole agency wants to hire more officers to cut caseloads (The State)

Obama shuns South Carolina for just about everywhere else (The State)

S.C. ranks 46 on Politico’s State of the States of Our Union (Politico)

Govan named to panel studying education (The Times and Democrat)