State House News: May 15th – 18th

State House News: May 15th – 18th 

May 18, 2017

The May 16 GOP runoff for the 5th Congressional District nomination was too close to call, triggering an automatic recount under state law. Former Rep. Ralph Norman (R-York) appeared to narrowly defeat Rep. Tommy Pope (R-York) by about 200 votes. Over 35,000 votes were cast in the runoff, with unofficial results showing 17,772 for Norman and 17,572 for Pope. The results should be certified on May 19, and the winner of the runoff will face Democrat Archie Parnell and several third-party candidates in the June 20 general election.

 

Democrat Wendy Brawley won the Democratic primary runoff on May 16 in her bid to win the vacated seat of Rep. Joe Neal, who unexpectedly passed away earlier this year. Brawley will face Republican Bill Strickland in the June 20 general election.

 

Ongoing Ethics Probe Leads to Another Indictment

On May 16, another Republican lawmaker was indicted on public corruption charges in the state’s ongoing ethics investigation. Rep. Rick Quinn (R-Lexington), who faces two counts of misconduct in office, stated that he is “asking for a speedy trial so this can be resolved as quickly as possible.”

 

Rep. Quinn is the third state lawmaker to be indicted in the last six months after investigation by Pascoe, a state solicitor for Calhoun, Dorchester, and Orangeburg. Rep. Quinn is a former majority leader in the House, and currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee.

 

Budget Conference Update

The budget conferees have been working this week to come to an agreement on the state’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. They plan to meet again the afternoon of May 18 at some point, but the meeting time has yet been announced after the original 11AM meeting was postponed. Conferees are still hopeful that a conference report will be complete before the House and Senate return to Columbia next Tuesday, May 23.

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Please contact a member of the McGuireWoods Consulting team if you would like more detailed information.

 

Gov. Jim Hodges, Senior Advisor

Billy Boan, Senior Vice President

Robert Adams, Senior Vice President

Amber S. Barnes, Vice President

Brian Flynn, Vice President

Robin Crawford, Assistant Vice President

Kayleigh Hall, Assistant Vice President