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COLUMBIA — A panel of state lawmakers is set to vote on giving another term to the chief of South Carolina’s state police.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a new four-year term for State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel.

Keel took over the state’s top law enforcement agency last summer when former U.S. Attorney Reggie Lloyd stepped down. At that time, the full Senate confirmed Keel on a 33-0 vote.

Keel is just the fourth chief at the agency that was established in 1947. He had been chief of staff and heir apparent at SLED to retiring Chief Robert Stewart in 2008 when then-Gov. Mark Sanford instead tapped Lloyd to lead the agency.

Sanford sent Keel to run the Department of Public Safety.