There have been attempts to pass this kind of legislation before, but last week's vote was a big step: The House had not passed a hate crimes bill before. Read more
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The bill only enhances penalties for people who have already been convicted of an underlying violent crime.
The move to add sexual orientation and gender back to the list of characteristics protected by the bill, which would enhance penalties for hate crimes, came after lawmakers faced backlash for their decision to remove them just a few days earlier.
The legislation would enhance penalties for crimes committed against victims who were intentionally selected because of characteristics like race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or physical or mental disability
Proposals to enhance penalties for hate crimes in South Carolina and let people publicly carry a handgun without a permit were among bills clearing a legislative deadline with five weeks left in the regular session
Supporters of a state hate crime bill in the General Assembly drove from Charleston to the Statehouse Sunday under the heading “Caravan of Love (Not Hate).”
This week, food editor and critic Hanna Raskin shared an update on the current state the food and beverage industry in Charleston, which is thankful for record sales but wrangling with an increasingly urgent staffing crisis. Read more
In Charleston County's historic Phillips community, the descendants of the freedmen who originally founded Phillips on a former plantation have been fighting for its survival for years, and Highway 41 isn't the only threat to it. Read more
Rep. Jim Clyburn has a wishlist of bills he’s hoping to pass — including one that would get rid of what’s been called the Charleston loophole — and he’s hoping President Joe Biden can help him get there. Read more
North Charleston resident Mike Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, fetched a record-breaking $69.3 million for a single digital artwork. This week on the podcast, how it happened and why it's caused such a stir. Read more
Becoming a first-time homebuyer in the Charleston area isn't easy. This week on the podcast, we look into some of the barriers keeping would-be buyers from becoming homeowners. Read more