Palmetto Sunrise: S.C. State board weighs firing president today

S.C. State University’s board is meeting today to discuss firing the school’s embattled president, but the legislature has made it clear that the trustees’ jobs aren’t safe either.

The board’s lawyer won’t say if trustees plan to fire Thomas Elzey at their Thursday meeting, just three days after they voted to put him on administrative leave, Cynthia Roldan of The Post and Courier reports.

Meanwhile, a bill that would clear out the S.C. State board has moved quickly through the Senate, gaining approval from the Education Committee by a 10-1 vote Wednesday. Similar legislation has been proposed in the House.

Wednesday’s vote sends the bill to the Senate floor, but it won’t be taken up there until next week. The legislature isn’t meeting today because of a strong winter storm in the Upstate.

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The Senate approved a domestic violence reform bill with a compromise on a controversial gun ban for batterers.

Gov. Nikki Haley slammed the House of Representatives for a borrowing proposal she likened to running up a credit card bill.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control is conducting a nationwide search for its next director after it was criticized for not being thorough enough with its first choice.

S.C. Chief Justice Jean Toal said she’s proud of her legacy during her last address to the General Assembly.

A civics test requirement for high schoolers cleared its first hurdle in the Senate.

State leaders want a slice of the revenue if offshore drilling is allowed off South Carolina’s coast.