Palmetto Sunrise: Rested from a two-week break, House members get back to work

The South Carolina Legislature is considering ending permanent alimony payments. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith).

COLUMBIA — After a two-week break, House of Representatives members head back to Columbia this week to tackle a host of the state’s important issues.

First up will be the roads bill that was sent back from the Senate shortly before House members head out for mid-session break. Representatives will have to determine what to do with the changes made by the Senate.

The plan scraps proposed permanent streams of cash to the Department of Transportation, such as increases to vehicle-related fees and the gas tax, in favor of pulling $400 million from the state’s coffers.

The change has enraged House members who spent months crafting the original bill. Now the House has to either agree to the Senate changes or make their own.

Meetings

A panel will meet Monday afternoon to screen potential college and university board of trustees members for Francis Marion University, the Medical University of South Carolina and College of Charleston.

The education oversight committee also will meet Monday morning to discuss

Presidential election 2016

Presidential candidates will be front and center on CNN this week as they head into next week’s important primary election.

All three Republican presidential candidates will participate in town halls this week with the two Democratic candidates facing off in a debate Thursday.

Kicking things off, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his family will sit down for a town hall in New York at 9 p.m. to make his case for why he believes he should be the Republican candidate for president. Kasich is far behind in delegates needed to secure the nomination and only has won one state’s primary or caucus — his home state of Ohio.

Here are some headlines you might have missed this weekend:

2016 Legislature: Where do we stand on major issues? (The Post and Courier)

Robert Ford back in court seeking restitution relief (The Post and Courier)

S.C. GOP chairman to lead the national party? Not now, but maybe later (The Post and Courier)

Listen to a Republican Governor Explain Why Anti-Trans Bathroom Laws Are Unnecessary (Slate)

SC roads agency panel accused of caging its watchdog (The State)

$400M SC House roads plan hopes to pass down the stretch (The Herald)

Green group questions beach renourishment costs, environmental effects (The Sun News)

Want to graduate college debt free? Teach in a rural area (The Associated Press)

‘Boston Globe’ Runs Fake Front Page Detailing A Donald Trump World (NPR)

Trump calls Boston Globe “worthless” in response to satire (The Associated Press)

Obama vows no influence in Clinton email probe, defends terror fight (FOX News)

Sheldon Adelson and top GOP donors retreat to the sidelines (POLITICO)

Cruz’s Methodical Delegate Strategy Narrows Trump’s Path To GOP Nomination (NPR)

Trump Manager Slams ‘Gestapo Tactics’ After Cruz Colorado Sweep (Bloomberg News)

Tabloid trouble: The NY media vs. the candidates (CNN)

Attorney General’s office says solicitor’s petition over investigation feud is ‘unfounded and without merit’ (The Post and Courier)

Proposal could lower number of children DSS sends to group homes (The Post and Courier)

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