Voters on James Island are one step closer to deciding for a fourth time whether to incorporate.

The General Assembly's Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation met today in Columbia and unanimously approved James Island's incorporation.

Bill Woolsey, who served as mayor of the former town until it was dissolved by a state Supreme Court ruling last year, said S.C. Secretary of State Mark Hammond soon will be asked to get an incorporation referendum rolling.

No date has been set.

"The next step is for the people of James Island to turn out for the referendum and show their support for their town," Woolsey said.

The unincorporated area of James Island has voted three times to incorporate during the past two decades, but every time, the city of Charleston has sued and the state Supreme Court has ruled to dissolve the town. However, the court's most recent ruling, while yet again going against James Island, gave advice on how a new attempt might succeed.

Read more in Wednesday's Post and Courier.