2018 Legislative Issues: 

H. 3529 – Auxiliary Containers (Plastic Bag Bill)
On Jan. 10, the S.C. Conservation Coalition held a briefing for legislators where Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin gave an update on the plastic bag legislation from 2017. Mayor Goodwin stated that the bill takes away a town or city’s ability to address local problems with pollution, and violates home rule. The majority of legislators in attendance were senators, who have not yet had the opportunity to hear testimony or take action on the bill. The bill remains on the House floor, after debate was adjourned on the bill on Jan. 10.



S. 831/H. 3777 – Cigarette Tax Stamps

S. 831 classifies cigarettes found at any point within the State without the required stamps contraband goods under certain circumstances, including if the cigarettes are found in the possession of a person offering them for sale or distribution and that person is not the first to receive the untaxed cigarettes in the state, or if the person is offering them for sale at retail within the state. The Senate passed the bill in February, and the House Ways and Means Committee has yet to act on the bill.



S. 575/H. 3664 – Cigarette Surtax

S. 575 revises the weight limitation on cigarettes from 3 pounds or less per one thousand cigarettes to 4.5 pounds or less per one thousand cigarettes. The bill also exempts cigarettes wrapped in tobacco leaf with no filter. The bill was introduced in 2017, and has yet to be taken up by the Senate Finance Committee.



H. 3650 – SC Business License Tax Standardization Act

The Business License Tax Standardization Act amends and standardizes how localities can impose business licenses taxes. It is an effort to ease regulatory burdens on businesses operating in multiple localities. The bill was recommitted to the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee in March.



S. 819 – Beverage Container Recycling Act – New Introduction for 2018
The Beverage Container Recycling Act requires a refundable deposit for certain types of beverage containers, and establishes provisions for redemption centers that may be operated by a store. The bill was pre-filed in December 2017 and referred to committee on Jan. 9.



Help SCACS – Make your Voice Heard! 

Dear SCACS Member,

Make your voice heard!  As a benefit of being a member of the South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores (SCACS), you have asked SCACS to fight for you at the statehouse level and keep you updated on legislative issues that arise.

Well, you have the opportunity to help SCACS, as owners, employees, voters, volunteers and contributors to the communities where you live and work, your voice and opinions are extremely important and influential to SCACS and our grassroot efforts.

SCACS has worked with a company called RAP Index and now has a way to gauge the reach of our collective networks and enable us to effectively plan for the future policy discussions. By understanding our network of relationships with elected officials, we can build advocacy programs that help advance our positions on any number of legislative issues that directly impact you and your business.

Please take a few minutes of your time to take this brief survey below by clicking on the link or button below, because your participation WILLmake a difference for SCACS.


Thank you for your time and support,

Kenneth Cosgrove,
Chairman of the Legislative Committee