OnPoint on WACH Fox: 2017 legislative session, ongoing corruption probe
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - On this week's edition of OnPoint on WACH Fox we look at the 2017 legislative session and the continuing investigation into possible corruption at the State House.
That corruption probe put a dark cloud over a session already filled with a number of shake-ups in state government.
Since December, three sitting lawmakers have been indicted on misconduct charges, including Charleston Republican Jim Merrill, longtime Richland Senator John Courson and former House Majority Leader Rick Quinn of Lexington County. All three are suspended from office while their cases are pending.
While those cases were coming together, former governor Nikki Haley left South Carolina to become President Donald Trump's United Nations Ambassador, leading to Lt. Governor Henry McMaster being sworn in as the state's new governor. Senator Kevin Bryant then rose to the Lt. Governor's office.
With all of that as a backdrop, how much was actually accomplished during this session of the legislature? And where does the corruption probe targeting state lawmakers head next?