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      Law keeping SC elderly in homes advances

      By ANDREW COFFMAN SMITHAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislation to help elderly South Carolinians live on their own has advanced in the state House.

      A House subcommittee on Wednesday unanimously approved 'Uncle Preston's Law' to let family members pay a 4 percent property tax assessment ratio on a house occupied by a relative 65 years of age or older.

      Currently, property not claimed by owners as their legal residence is taxed at 6 percent.

      The bill does not apply to relatives paying rent.

      Republican Rep. Bill Herbkersman of Bluffton says he named the bill after a friend struggling to keep an uncle in his home.

      The measure now heads to the House Ways and Means Committee.

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