Palmetto Sunrise: Legislature set to tackle domestic violence, ethics

The South Carolina Statehouse. Grace Beahm/Staff

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s legislators are back at the Statehouse today with both chambers set to tackle ethics, while the Senate and the Governor’s office keep their eye on domestic violence issues.

Gov. Nikki Haley’s Domestic Violence Task Force will meet for the first time at 10 a.m., at the Department of Juvenile Justice, Bill Rogers Community Connections Center, 4900 Broad River Road, Columbia. The task force will aim to change a culture in South Carolina that has enabled abusers and led to the deaths of hundreds of women.

The Senate is also scheduled discuss its domestic violence bill, in addition to ethics. Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens, said he was hopeful the Senate would get past the first reading of ethics on Tuesday, but debate on the issue was interrupted last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, members of the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity will spend their day in the lobby of the Statehouse, in an effort to rally their lawmakers against any gas tax increases. No Gas Tax Hike Lobby Day starts at 10 a.m., and goes through 3:30 p.m.

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