Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM EST
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Solomon Blatt Building, S.C. Statehouse 
1117 Pendleton St.
Room 112
Columbia, SC 29201

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Jen Madden 
S.C. Press Association 
Legislative Workshop for the Media 

This workshop is sponsored by the S.C. Press Association, S.C. Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press.

Please note that this event is open only to members of SCPA, SCBA and AP. 

The annual Legislative Workshop for the Media will preview the 2020 legislative session. This event will take place Thursday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Solomon Blatt Building on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia. Make plans to join your state legislators as they discuss various topics impacting the Palmetto State. 

We recommend this event for editors, new and veteran Statehouse reporters, editorial writers, city editors and assignment editors.

The event is a one-stop shop for credentialed media to interview key members of both the House and Senate. Confirmed panelists include: Sens. Thomas C. Alexander (R), Sean M. Bennett (R), Tom Davis (R), Greg Hembree (R), Shane Massey (R), John W. Matthews, Jr. (D), Vincent A. Sheheen (D) and Ross Turner (R); Reps. Rita Allison (R), Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D), Jay Jordan (R), Mandy Powers Norrell (D), Russell L. Ott (D), Tommy Pope (R) and Todd Rutherford (D). More panelists will be added as they are confirmed.

Several topics will be discussed including the budget and spending projections, the revenue windfall, tax reform, education reform/teacher pay and recruitment, Santee Cooper, pension reform, Department of Corrections safety and security, natural disasters and flood mitigation, healthcare, provision of broadband to unserved areas and more.

All discussions are on the record. 

Lunch will be provided. During lunch, the caucuses will discuss key issues.

Lee Harter, executive editor of The Times and Democrat, will moderate. All discussions are on the record.

EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. If you register between Dec. 31 - Jan. 6, the fee is $70. Registrations will not be accepted after Jan. 6.