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S.C. House GOP to Focus on Nuke Project, Retirement System, Opioid Crisis

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - House Republicans plan to open this year's legislative session by finding ways to protect consumers after a costly nuclear power plant debacle left South Carolinians billions of dollars out of pocket.

House Majority Leader Gary Simrill told The Associated Press on Monday the GOP Caucus is focusing on bills that lower utility rates and prevent consumers from paying more toward the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project.

Last year, lawmakers took testimony from project co-owners SCANA and Santee Cooper, as well as ratepayers who were angry they'd been stuck with billions of dollars in SCANA's debt payments on the abandoned reactors.

Simrill said Republicans also plan to prioritize reform of the state retirement system and entitlement programs, as well as a plan to combat the opioid crisis.

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