Weekly Legislative Update – May 10, 2018

  • May 8 – Attended reception for Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington)
  • May 8 – Attended reception for Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope (R-York) and House Majority Leader Gary Simrill (R-York)
  • May 9 – Attended reception for Representatives Laurie Funderburk (D-Kershaw), Roger Kirby (D-Florence), and Russell Ott (D-Calhoun)
  • May 9 – Attended reception for Senators Margie Bright Matthews (D-Colleton) and Mia McLeod (D-Richland)
  • May 10 – Spoke with Ways and Means staff to make sure that the lottery debit card proviso, which had been re-inserted into the budget bill by the House, would not be in the final budget. Working with SCPMA’s Michael Fields, we confirmed that this proviso would not be included in the final budget.
  • May 10 – Sine Die, the last legislative day

Please find your bill charts and Session newsletter attached.

The House and Senate adjourned on Thursday, May 10 at 5PM pursuant to the Sine Die Resolution (H. 5383)

Legislators will return on Wednesday, May 23 at noon, and may take up matters related to the V.C. Summer Nuclear Project, the budget, and any bills in a conference committee, as long as the conferees were appointed by May 10 at 5PM.

An additional June session, from Wednesday, June 27 through Thursday, June 28, is also included in the Sine Die resolution, and where legislators may take up the same matters as well as budget vetoes.

House Actions May 10

Senate Actions May 10

Week 18 News May 10


Weekly Legislative Update – May 5, 2018

    • May 1 – Attended reception for Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzler (D-Lexington)

 

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    • May 1 – Attended House GOP reception

 

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    • May 1 – Attended Senate Republican Caucus Spring Reception

 

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    • May 2 – Attended breakfast for Senate LCI Chairman Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee)

 

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  • May 2 – Attended House Democratic Caucus receptionSine Die, the last legislative day, is May 10, 2018.Please find your bill charts and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions – May 3

Senate Actions – May 3

Week 17 Bill Intros May 3

Week 17 News May 4


Weekly Legislative Update – April 27, 2018

    • April 25 – Attended Senate LCI Professions and Occupations Subcommittee for H. 4877 (Board of Pyrotechnic Safety), which received a favorable report as amended

 

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    • April 25 – Attended Senate Democratic Caucus reception

 

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    • April 25 – Attended reception for Rep. Alan Clemmons (R-Horry)

 

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    • April 25 – Attended reception for Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley)

 

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    • April 26 – Attended Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee for H. 4877 (Board of Pyrotechnic Safety), which received a favorable report as amended

 

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    • April 26 & 27 – Met with Fred Allen, Reynolds lobbyist, regarding a budget proviso which would limit local government jurisdictions from enacting ordinances limiting or restricting the sale of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, or alternative nicotine products

 

  • Sine Die, the last legislative day, is May 10, 2018.Please find your bill charts and Session newsletter attached.

 

House Actions – April 26

Senate Actions – April 26

Week 16 News Apr 27


Weekly Legislative Update – April 20, 2018

  • April 17 – Attended Senate Judiciary Committee for H. 3138 (festivals, special permits), which was amended then received a favorable
  • April 17 – Attended House Judiciary Committee for S. 190 (Revised Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act), which received a favorable report
  • April 17 – Attended reception for Representatives Robert Brown (D-Charleston), Terry Alexander (D-Florence), Michael Rivers (D-Beaufort), and Carl Anderson (D-Georgetown)
  • April 18 – Attended breakfast for Representatives Jason Elliott (R-Greenville) and William Cogswell (R-Charleston)
  • April 19 – Attended annual SCACS legislative breakfast at the State House, took members to be introduced in House and Senate galleries
  • April 19 – Attended SCACS legislative committee meeting and board meeting

Sine Die, the last legislative day, is May 10, 2018.

Please find your bill charts and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions – April 19

Senate Actions – April 19

Week 15 News Apr 20


Weekly Legislative Update – April 12, 2018

    • April 10 – Met with Michael Anzelmo, Chief of Staff of Speaker Jay Lucas, regarding energy drink legislation

 

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    • April 11 – Attended House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee for S. 190 (revised uniform nonprofit association act), which received a favorable report as amended

 

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    • April 11 – Attended reception for Representatives Jerry Govan (D-Orangeburg), Wendell Gilliard (D-Charleston), Leola Robinson-Simpson (D-Greenville), and Robert Williams (D-Darlington)

 

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    • April 11 – Attended reception for Senators Glenn Reese (D-Spartanburg), John Scott (D-Richland), Kevin Johnson (D-Clarendon), and Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston)

 

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    • April 12 – Attended Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee for H. 3529 (auxiliary containers/plastic bags), which was further amended then received a favorable report
    • April 10 – Met with Rep. Chip Huggins (R-Lexington) regarding energy drink legislation, H. 4597, which is sponsored by Rep. Leon Howard (D-Richland), House 3M Chair

 

House Actions – April 12

Senate Actions – April 12

Week 14 News Apr 12


Weekly Legislative Update – April 6, 2018

    • April 3 – Attended reception for Representatives Leon Howard (D-Richland), David Weeks (D-Sumter), and Chris Hart (D-Richland)

 

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  • April 4 – Attended reception for Representatives Cezar McKnight (D-Williamsburg), Justin Bamberg (D-Bamberg), Pat Henegan (D-Marlboro), and Rosalyn Henderson-Myers (D-Spartanburg)The Senate was on furlough this week and did not meet. Crossover deadline is April 10, 2018. Sine Die, the last legislative day, is May 10, 2018.The State: We bought fake IDs for underage students. Here’s whyPlease find your bill charts, bill introductions, and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions – April 6

Senate Actions – April 6

Week 13 Bill Intros April 6

Week 13 News Apr 6


Weekly Legislative Update – March 29, 2018

    • March 27 – Attended reception for Senators Kent Williams (D-Marion), Thomas McElveen (D-Sumter), and Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg)

 

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  • March 29 – Attended Senate Finance Sales and Income Tax Subcommittee for S. 426 (Municipal Tax Relief Act), which was amended then received a favorable reportThe House was on furlough this week and did not meet. The Senate will not meet next week. Crossover deadline is April 10, 2018. Sine Die, the last legislative day, is May 10, 2018.Please find your bill charts and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions – March 30

Senate Actions – March 30

Week 12 Bill Intros March 30

Week 12 News Mar 29


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Weekly Legislative Update – March 23, 2018

  • March 20 – Sen. Shane Martin (R-Spartanburg) killed the House-passed debit card lottery ticket sales proviso that SCACS opposed in the Senate Finance Committee’s budget proceedings. Thanks to Sen. Martin for his efforts on behalf of SCACS.
  • March 20 – Attended reception for Senators Floyd Nicholson (D-Greenwood) and Karl Allen (D-Greenville)
  • March 20 – Attended reception for Representatives David Mack (D-Charleston), Ivory Thigpen (D-Richland), Marvin Pendarvis (D-Charleston), and Joe McEachern (D-Richland)
  • March 20 – Attended campaign kickoff for Rep. Kirkman Finlay (R-Richland)
  • March 21 – Attended Senate LCI Labor and Employment Subcommittee for S. 361 (earned paid sick leave), which was carried over
  • March 21 – Attended House Ways and Means Committee for H. 4006 (SNAP waiver). Debate was adjourned on the bill.

Furlough weeks have been announced: the House will not meet next week and the Senate will not meet the following week, the week of April 2nd.

Please find your bill charts and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions March 23

Senate Actions March 23

Week 11 News Mar 23


Weekly Legislative Update – March 16, 2018

  • March 12 – House budget debate
  • March 13 – Attended Senate Finance Sales and Income Tax Subcommittee for S. 426 (Municipal Tax Relief Act), which was carried over
  • March 13 – Attended Governor’s Briefing on the American Infrastructure Initiative
  • March 13 – House budget debate
  • March 14 – Attended Senate LCI Regulatory Subcommittee for H. 3529 (plastic bags), which received a favorable report by a 4-3 vote

Furlough weeks have been announced: the House will not meet the week of March 26th and the Senate will not meet the following week, the week of April 2nd.

Please find your bill charts and Session newsletter attached. 

House Actions – March 15

Senate Actions – March 15

Week 10 News Mar 16


Weekly Legislative Update – March 9, 2018

  • March 6 – Attended House Ways and Means Healthcare Legislative Subcommittee for H. 3770 (SNAP eligibility), H. 3771 (SNAP benefit coordination), and H. 4006 (SNAP waiver). The bills were discussed, but no action was taken.
  • March 6 – Attended reception for Rep. Bill Sandifer (R-Oconee), House Labor, Commerce and Industry Chairman
  • March 7 – Attended Senate General Human Services Subcommittee for S. 920 (SNAP benefits), S. 921 (SNAP benefits), and S. 922 (SNAP benefits). The bills were carried over.
  • March 7 – Attended Senate LCI Regulatory Subcommittee for H. 3529 (auxiliary containers). Debate was adjo
  • urned on the bill.
  • March 7 – Attended Women’s Caucus Jean Laney Harris Luncheon
  • March 7 – Attended reception for Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington)
  • March 8 – Attended Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee for S. 190 (Revised Uniform Nonprofit Association Act), which received a favorable report. The bill is a brand new law for SC, and clarifies nonprofits’ standing as a legal entity and provides a legal framework for them to operate under.

Please find your bill charts, bill introductions, and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions March 9

Senate Actions March 9

Week 9 Bill Intros March 8

Week 9 News March 9


Weekly Legislative Update – March 2, 2018

  • Feb.28 – Attended reception for Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence)
  • March 1 – Attended Senate Medical Affairs Committee for appointment of Seema Shrivastava-Patel to the DHEC Board. She received a favorable report by unanimous vote and now moves to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. Rick Toomey also received a favorable report by unanimous vote for his appointment to the DHEC Board.
  • March 1 – Attended House Tax Policy Review Committee. The committee voted to introduce income tax reform legislation instead of the sales tax plan.

Please find your bill charts and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions – March 2

Senate Actions – March 2

Week 8 News Mar 2


Weekly Legislative Update – Feb.23, 2018

    • Feb. 20 – Attended Senate Democratic Caucus Reception
    • Feb. 20 – Attended reception for Sen. Sandy Senn (R-Charleston)
    • Feb. 20 – Attended Senate Republican Caucus Reception

 

 

  • Please find your bill charts, bill introductions, and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions – Feb 23

Senate Actions – Feb 23

Week 7 Bill Intros Feb 23

Week 7 News Feb 23

 


Weekly Legislative Update – Feb. 16, 2018

  • Feb.13 – Rep. Chip Huggins (R-Lexington) was elected Chairman of the House Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee by a 7-6 vote
  • Feb.13 – Attended reception for House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford (D-Richland)

The State: DHEC board chairman resigns as changes loom at SC environmental agency

Please find your bill charts, and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions – Feb 16

Senate Actions – Feb 16

Week 6 News Feb 16


Weekly Legislative Update – Feb. 9, 2018

  • Feb. 6 – Attended House Republican Caucus meeting
  • Feb. 6 – Attended reception for Rep. Weston Newton (R-Beaufort), House Legislative Oversight Committee Chairman
  • Feb. 7 – Worked successfully to defeat an amendment to H. 3529 (auxiliary containers, the plastic bag bill), by Rep. Mike Pitts (R-Laurens) that would have places a one cent tax on every auxiliary container given to a customer by a restaurant or retailer. After this amendment was defeated, the bill which is supported by SCACS, received 2nd reading by a vote of 80-32.
  • Feb. 8  – Attended Senate Judiciary Subcommittee for H. 3549 (alcohol consumption near schools), which was amended to clarify the language and was carried over

 

Please find your bill charts, bill introductions, and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions Feb 9

Senate Actions Feb 9

Week 5 Bill Intros Feb 9

Week 5 News Feb 9


2018 Legislative Update – January 

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.