— An audit by the SC Office of Regulatory Staff released Friday, January 19, says that SCE&G would not be forced in bankruptcy if they discontinue charging customers for an abandoned nuclear project. The audit was requested by the SC Public Service Commission during a late December, 2017 hearing on a petition by ORS to force the utility to rollback its revised rates for the V. C. Summer project. Numerous groups including AARP SC intervened in support of the ORS petition. …

— It’s been 55 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, changing the course of civil rights in America. AARP South Carolina invites members to celebrate the MLK holiday weekend, Jan. 12-15, in Myrtle Beach. AARP is a key sponsor of the celebration, which includes a 5K Freedom Run, film festival, ecumenical service, talent show and parade. Saturday morning will feature a job fair and workshops on contract possibilities for small businesses and the …

— What are the next steps for consumers in the V. C. Summer nuclear abandonment? In late November the House Judiciary committee advanced six bills to the General Assembly’s 2018 calendar. This action culminated after many hours of hearings by the House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee. The hearings included testimony from AARP South Carolina, officials from SCE&G and Santee Cooper, state agencies, consumers and other advocates. Rep. Peter McCoy, R-Charleston, chairman of the special committee is the sponsor of all six …

— AARP South Carolina Files with SCPSC to Intervene in Petition Filed by ORS ‘Ensure that rate relief is prudent, fair, just and reasonable’ Today, AARP South Carolina filed the necessary paperwork with the South Carolina Public Service Commission to intervene in support of the petition filed by the Office of Regulatory Staff. AARP South Carolina firmly believes that it is imperative that SCE&G be required to “immediately suspend all revised rates collections from customers.” For more than five years, AARP …

— By Holly Fisher Rep. Shannon Erickson’s great-grandfather was one of those doctors in rural Georgia who traveled the countryside to visit their patients. Sometimes patients paid in cash and sometimes they paid in chickens. Erickson’s mother was a nurse who spent more than 20 years in elder care. Her family history and her understanding of the need for better health care access in South Carolina led Erickson (R-Beaufort) to cosponsor a bill, signed into law in May, revising the Nurse …

— AARP South Carolina Testimony House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee September 26, 2017 Coretta D. Bedsole, Associate State Director – Advocacy Chairman McCoy, Vice Chairman Ott and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to present comments on behalf of the 617,000 AARP SC members in our state. We appreciate the many steps this committee has taken to address this matter. As you continue your deliberations I respectfully request that you pay careful attention to how SCE&G’s behavior and …

— Today, AARP South Carolina cancelled its previously announced 5th congressional district candidate forum set for Monday, June 12, 2017 at Winthrop University. The live event was to be broadcast live on WRHI radio. Unfortunately, AARP was informed by Ralph Norman’s campaign that he was unable to make the event. According to AARP’s previously-established qualification criteria, only one remaining candidate, Archie Parnell, was eligible for participation. Rather than host a single-candidate forum in contravention of its non-partisan approach to voter education, …

— By Linda H. Lamb Evon Kirkland McAngus works hard to keep her customers happy and to attract and keep good employees. Her design business employs just 12 people, but she provides three months of maternity leave at half pay. “I try to invest in people, spend time building a team,” said Mc­Angus, an interior designer who runs Westend Interiors in West Columbia. “You want people to stay with you.” That’s one reason she is in favor of a state-sponsored “work …

— by Lynn Shuler Teague, VP for Issues and Action, League of Women Voters of South Carolina The League of Women Voters is a national non-partisan organization that grew out of the suffragette movement. The League is known for our work registering and educating voters and our advocacy efforts at every level of government. We include many men among our members and officers and we focus on a wide range of issues that fall under our national mission of “Making Democracy …

Medicare

— In South Carolina,  we know what a vital program Medicare is. Almost 900,000 people in South Carolina currently rely on Medicare and more than 980,000 50 – 64 year-olds will be eligible for Medicare in the next 15 years. That’s why we’re worried about what’s happening in Washington D.C.  Despite the President’s support for the program, Republican leaders in Congress are pushing ahead with their long-simmering proposal to turn Medicare into a “premium support program.” What that really means is …