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You will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:

  • SC Driver’s License
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • US Passport

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Mike Forrester: Conservative Solutions for Spartanburg

Please join conservative candidate Mike Forrester and remember to vote June 10 in the Republican Primary.

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SC Child Protection Effort ‘Jaidon’s Law’ Advances

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Supporters of a bill to improve child protection are optimistic as the SC General Assembly heads into its final week in session.

Jaidon’s law, sponsored by Rep. Mike Forrester, (R) Spartanburg, would crack down on substance-abusing parents.

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‘Jaidon’s Law’ crackdown on SC drug-abusing parents clears hurdle

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The State

COLUMBIA, SC — A SC Senate panel OK’d a bill Wednesday that would make it more difficult to return children to their drug-abusing parents by requiring the state’s child-welfare agency and judges to consider whether those parents still are using drugs.

The bill, called Jaidon’s Law, came about after 22-month-old Jaidon Morris died in 2008 from a drug overdose a week after he was removed from a foster home and returned to his biological parents, who had a history of drug problems.

On Wednesday, a Senate panel approved the bill, sending it to the full Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration. A similar bill passed the House last year but went nowhere in the Senate.

The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Mike Forrester, R-Spartanburg, said the story of Jaidon was a “horror story.” The child had “evidently just been kept in a playpen … and hadn’t been hugged or cuddled” until his foster mother, Dione Scotti of Spartanburg, nurtured him.

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New venture provides non-medical home care

Spartanburg Herald-Journal

By Trevor Anderson

A new entrepreneurial venture in Spartanburg County hopes to bring job growth and high-quality, non-medical home care to the Carolinas.

Jeffrie Berline and his father, Jeff Berline, have launched All About Care SC out of Spartanburg Community College’s accelerator, Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development, in Duncan.

The Berlines said their company will be headquartered in Spartanburg. They are poised to grow the business over the next four years to seven offices in South Carolina, four in Western North Carolina and close to 1,000 employees.

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Moving Critical Legislation to the Senate

We spent a number of very long days on the floor this week clearing legislation off the House calendar before the May 1 “Crossover Deadline” – which is essentially the day all legislation must reach the Senate to be considered.

We don’t believe every bill must be passed, but we want to consider as much legislation as possible. That may mean passing the bill and sending it to the Senate, but it may also mean voting down the bill or sending it back to committee (which at this stage of the session, essentially ends a bill’s chance to be considered).

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Sprinting toward the ‘Crossover’ Deadline

Friends,

There are two legislative weeks left before the “Crossover” deadline – the date when legislation must reach the Senate to be considered in the normal course of business. That means April is always a busy month in the General Assembly and this week was no exception.

Here is a quick breakdown of this week’s major activity:

EMMA’S LAW – The House approved a strong anti-DUI law that we hope will keep repeat DUI offenders off the roads. “Emma’s Law” was named for Emma Longstreet, a 6-year-old girl from Lexington County who was killed by a repeat offender drunk driver two years ago. The law requires some DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles and closes loopholes that made it easier for those convicted of a DUI to get back on the road without having to use an ignition interlock device.

Ignition interlock devices require a driver to breathe into the device before starting the car. If the driver has been drinking, the car won’t start. Expanding the use of these interlock devices is a critical step in making our roads safer. This bill will now go to a House-Senate Conference Committee to finalize language before going to the Governor for her signature.Read More

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More jobs, a Pro-Life Victory, and Securing Your Information

Friends,

This week I officially filed for re-election! I am as excited and energized as ever to serve District 34 and I am resolved to continue the fight for common sense, conservative reform in Columbia.

With the State Budget behind us and in the Senate, the House turns our attention to the traditional “second half” of the legislative session.forrester filing

This week was filled with busy committee meetings where a number hearings were held on key legislative issues, and we had a major pro-life victory on the House floor.

First, the House approved a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It was approved by a bi-partisan 84-29 margin. The bill is the “fetal pain” bill – so named because new research shows that babies can feel pain after 20 weeks.

Some of the bill’s supporters also pointed out that the current 24-week threshold was established by the courts decades ago because that was a date when a baby is viable outside the womb. New medical technology has pushed that back. While opponents spent much time on the House floor pretending to be federal judges, the specifics of the bill – written by Rep. Wendy Nanney of Greenville – have not be litigated in a federal court.

Second, a House Judiciary Subcommittee began hearings legislation on our data security privacy act. With so many people owning iPhone and Android smartphones these days, the typical phone is no longer something with just call records on it. Yours includes location information, personal pictures, private emails, sensitive contacts, calendars, and personal records such as your banking information.

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