2017 Legislative Session!

South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores Legislative Updates will be posted weekly.

Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, April 7

  • 4/4 – Attended reception for Rep. Mike Anthony (D-Union) and Rep. Jackie Hayes (D-Dillon)
  • 4/5 – Attended House 3M Local Government Subcommittee for H. 3547 (portable containers). Debate was adjourned on the bill.
  • 4/5 – Attended House Judiciary General Laws Subcommittee for S. 275 (breweries) and H. 3138 (special permits to sell beer and wine). Both bills received a favorable report.
  • 4/6 – The Senate placed H. 3516(road improvement plan, gas tax) on interrupted debate status, meaning debate on the bill can commence on April 18 following the legislature’s Easter furlough.
  • 4/6 – The budget bills, H. 3720and H. 3721, received third reading on the Senate floor. The bills will head to conference committee the week of 4/25.
  • 4/6 – Crossover deadline. All bills not passed out of the chamber of origination will require a special motion to continue forward during this session.

 

The House and Senate will both furlough next week. As the House and Senate will not meet, you will not receive a weekly report next Friday, April 14.

 

Please find your bill charts and Session newsletter attached.

House Actions 4-07

Senate Actions 4-07

Week 13 News

The State: McMaster urges lawmakers to borrow up to $1 billion for road repairs


April Legislative Video: 


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, March 31

  • 3/28 – Attended House Judiciary Committee for H. 3549 (permits for on-premises consumption of liquor), which received a favorable report, and H. 3865 (S.C. Pregnancy Accommodations Act), which received a favorable report as amended
  • 3/28 – Attended reception for Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg)
  • 3/30 – Attended House LCI Business and Commerce Subcommittee for H. 3327 (restroom access for retail sales customers). Debate was adjourned on the bill.

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

House Actions 3-31

Senate Actions 3-31

Week 12 News

Week 12 Bill Introductions


March Legislative Video: 


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, March 24

  • 3/21 – S. 359 (unfair trade practices for motor fuel retailers) received third reading on the Senate floor and was sent to the House
  • 3/21 – Attended reception for Rep. James Smith (D-Richland) and Rep. Beth Bernstein (D-Richland)
  • 3/21 – Attended reception for Sen. John Scott (D-Richland) and Sen. John Matthews (D-Orangeburg)
  • 3/22 – Attended House Judiciary Special Laws Subcommittee

o   H. 3865 (S.C. Pregnancy Accommodations Act) received a favorable report. The legislation will not apply to small businesses under 15 employees or if the requirements cause undue hardship to the business.

o   H. 3599 (S.C. Equal Pay for Equal Work Act) was carried over due to time constraints, after heated testimony and debate

  • 3/22 – Attended Senate General Committee for H. 3908 (state emergency management standards regulations), which received a favorable report
  • 3/23 – Attended House Judiciary General Laws Subcommittee for H. 3549 (alcoholic liquor licenses), which received a favorable report
  • 3/23 – Attended House Judiciary Criminal Laws Subcommittee for H. 3921 (S.C. Anti-Money Laundering Act), which was given a favorable report then retracted. Debate was then adjourned on the bill.
  • 3/23 – Participated in conference call with SCACS Executive Committee

 

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

House Actions 3-24

Senate Actions 3-24

Week 11 News

Week 11 Bill Introductions

 


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, March 17

  •  3/13 – House budget debate began on the floor
  • 3/14 – Attended Senate Finance Committee for H. 3516 (infrastructure maintenance trust fund, gas tax increase) which was amended then received a favorable report

o   After a two hour question and answer period with DOT Secretary Christy Hall and the subcommittee members, the Committee approved the additional year of the 2-cent increase proposed by the subcommittee with a perfecting amendment, reserving their rights for floor debate. Although several amendments have been proposed, the Committee generally agreed that the entire body should hear and discuss them on the floor, especially those on DOT governance issues that the subcommittee removed from the bill.

o   Several Senators, including Sen. Harvey Peeler (R-Cherokee), expressed concern about the removal of the House’s governance provisions, as well as the potential exclusion of tax relief in the bill. Some worried that because the Committee did not consider amendments on these issues, they may not be germane during the floor debate. Sen. Paul Campbell (R-Berkeley), chairman of the subcommittee, stated that the reform efforts and other topics were not included Senate version in an effort to get the funding portion out of the Senate quickly.

  • 3/15 – H. 3720 (budget bill) and H. 3721 (capital reserve fund) received third reading and were sent to the Senate
  • 3/16 – Filmed SCACS legislative video update

 

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

The Post and Courier: South Carolina Sen. John Courson indicted on ethics charges

The State: Senate battle lines drawn over gas-tax hike

House Actions 3-17


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, March 10

  • 3/7 – Attended Senate Finance Special Transportation Subcommittee for H. 3516 (gas tax and infrastructure maintenance bill)
  • 3/7 – Attended reception for Sen. Shane Massey (R-Edgefield), Majority Leader
  • 3/8 – Attended Senate Finance Special Transportation Subcommittee for continued discussion of H. 3516 (gas tax and infrastructure maintenance bill). The bill was amended to add an additional year of the 2-cent increase, for a total increase of 12 cents-per-gallon over 6 years. This will generate an additional $200 million in revenue over the course of the funding plan for road maintenance and improvements, for a total of $800 million. The bill then received a favorable report as amended and will likely be on the Senate floor for debate next week.
  • 3/8 – H. 3900 (Doc. 4702 cigarette tax stamp amendments) received second reading in the House. On 3/9, the bill received third reading and was sent to the Senate.
  • 3/8 – Attended reception for Rep. Rita Allison (R-Spartanburg), House Education and Public Works Chair
  • 3/9 – Attended Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee for S. 359 (unfair trade practices for motor fuel retailers), which received a favorable report as amended. The bill moves jurisdiction and records to the Attorney General’s office from the Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • 3/9 – Attended House Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee for S. 376 (joint resolution approving DHEC regulations regarding underground storage tanks) and S. 453 (joint resolution approving DHEC regulations regarding WIC vendors), which both received a favorable report
  • 3/9 – Attended House Ways and Means Legislative Subcommittee for H. 3058 (Boost Lottery Game for disadvantaged students). Debate was adjourned on the bill, as the subcommittee felt the legislature would be overstepping their bounds by telling the Lottery Commission what games to administer.
  • 3/9 – Attended House Ways and Means Legislative Subcommittee for H. 3777 (cigarette tax stamp revision). Debate was adjourned on the bill.
  • 3/9 – Met with Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley) regarding SCACS convention

 

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

The State: Senate panel OKs higher, 12-cent-agallon gas-tax hike

The State: SC Gov. McMaster opposes raising state’s gas tax

House Actions 3-10


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, March 3

  • 2/28 – Attended Clemson Night reception
  • 2/28 – Attended Senate Finance Transportation and Regulatory Subcommittee for State Infrastructure and Department of Transportation budget discussion
  • 3/1 – Attended Senate LCI Professions and Occupations Subcommittee for S. 359 (unfair trade practices for motor fuel retailers), which was amended and received a favorable report
  • 3/2 – Attended House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee for S. 218 (political subdivisions may not mandate an employee benefit), which was carried over
  • 3/2 – Attended House Regulations Business and Commerce Subcommittee for S. 376 (approving DHEC regulations regarding underground storage tanks Doc. 4706), which received a favorable report

o   DHEC stated that the regulation amends state regulations to incorporate the federal regulations, while maintaining state specific requirements. DHEC also commented that a working group and stakeholders thoroughly discussed the proposal.

o   Rep. Chip Huggins (R-Lexington) commented that the regulation seems retrospective and asked if it will require owners to dig tanks up to come into compliance. DHEC said it would not.

o   The SC Petroleum Marketers Association testified that they were heavily involved in these discussions and that even though these are costly regulations, they are okay with them. It will be costly, but they would rather have DHEC regulating the issue, not EPA. There are no new provisions that are most stringent than the federal government, which is key.

  • 3/2 – Attended House Regulations Health Subcommittee for Doc. 4671 (DHEC – WIC vendors), which received a favorable report

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

House Actions 3-03


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, February 15-16

South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores

·         2/15 – Attended Senate Finance HHS Subcommittee for S. 381 and Reg. 117-1600 (tax stamp implementation)

·         2/15 – Attended Senate Judiciary Subcommittee for S. 275 (breweries and brewpubs), which received a favorable report

·         2/15 – Attended reception for Rep. Bill Sandifer (R-Oconee), House Labor, Commerce and Industry Chairman

·         2/15 – Attended reception for Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman

·         2/15 – Attended reception for Senate GOP Caucus

·         2/15 – Attended reception for SC General Assembly Women’s Caucus

·         2/16 – Attended House Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee for Doc. 4702 (DOR – tobacco stamp amendment), which passed unanimously

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

 South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores , House and Senate Bill Introductions (February 14-16) 

State House News: February 13th-17th

House Bill Status Report as of 02/17/2017

Senate Bill Status Report as of 02/17/2017

 


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, February 2-9

· 2/7 – Attended House Ways and Means Legislative Subcommittee for H. 3516 (state infrastructure funding), which was amended then received a favorable report

–  Testified in support of the bill

· 2/7 – Attended Senate Democratic Caucus Winter Reception

·2/8 – Attended House LCI Executive Subcommittee for H. 3650 (SC Business License Standardization Act) and H. 3651 (business license taxes). Both bills were amended then received favorable reports.

·2/8 – Attended portrait dedication and reception for Sen. Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence), President Pro Tempore

· 2/9 – Attended Senate Judiciary Subcommittee for S. 126 (mandatory responsible alcohol server education), which received a favorable report

· 2/9 – Attended House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee for H. 3650 (SC Business License Standardization Act) and H. 3651 (business license taxes). The committee passed additional amendments concerning how telecommunications tax is paid and collected, then received favorable reports as amended.

·2/9 – Attended House Ways and Means Committee for H. 3516 (state infrastructure funding), which was amended and received a favorable report

 

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

 South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores , House and Senate Bill Introductions (February 7-9) 

State House News: February 6th-10th

House Bill Status Report as of 02/10/2017

Senate Bill Status Report as of 02/10/2017

 


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, January 31-February 2

South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores

· 1/31 – MWC hosted Senate Democratic Caucus Lunch

· 2/1 – Attended House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee for H. 3529 (auxiliary containers, plastic bags), which received a favorable report

· 2/1 – Attended reception for Rep. Brian White (R-Anderson), House Ways & Means Chairman

· 2/2 – Attended Senate Medical Affairs Committee for Reg. 4706 (DHEC – underground storage tank control regulations), which received a favorable report, and Reg. 4671 (DHEC – WIC vendors), which must be withdrawn and resubmitted to change the date

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

 South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores , House and Senate Bill Introductions (January 31- February 2) 

State House News: January 30th – February 3rd

House Bill Status Report as of 02/03/2017

Senate Bill Status Report as of 02/03/2017


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, January 24-26

South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores

·         1/24 – Attended House Republican Caucus meeting

·         1/24 – Attended reception for House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford (D-Richland)

·         1/24 – Attended swearing in of Gov. Henry McMaster

·         1/25 – Attended House LCI Business and Commerce Subcommittee for H. 3529 (regulation of auxiliary containers/plastic bags), which was amended and received a favorable report

·         1/25 – Spoke with Gov. McMaster’s staff to invite the Governor to the SCACS Convention

·         1/25 – Attended reception for Gov. Henry McMaster

·         1/25 – Attended reception for Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington)

·         1/26 – Attended Senate LCI Committee for S. 218 (political subdivisions cannot mandate an employee benefit), which received a favorable report

·         1/26 – Attended House Regulations and Administrative Procedures Business Subcommittee for Doc. 4702 (DOR – tobacco stamp amendment), which received a favorable report

·         1/26 – Attended House Tax Policy Review Committee, where staff announced the House LCI Committee was finalizing a bill to create a standard business licensing system that allows online filing. The Review Committee also decided to wait on new data that will be available in March before continuing their study.

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

 South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores , House and Senate Bill Introductions (January 24-26) 

State House News: January 23rd – 27th

House Bill Status Report as of 01/27/2017

Senate Bill Status Report as of 01/27/2017


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, January 17-19

South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores

· 1/17 – Attended House Republican Caucus meeting

· 1/17 – Attended House Republican Caucus BRT Reception

· 1/18 – Attended Senate LCI Employment Subcommittee for S. 218 (political subdivisions may not mandate an employee benefit), which received a favorable report

· 1/19 – Attended Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee for Reg. 4671 (WIC vendors) and Reg. 4706 (underground storage tank control regulations). Both regulations received favorable reports and were sent to the full committee for consideration.

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

The State: S.C. House GOP leaders propose 10-cent gas-tax hike

 SC Association of Convenience Stores, House and Senate Bill Introductions 

State House News: January 16th- 20th 

Senate Bill Status Report as of 1/19/2017

House Bill Status Report as of 1/19/2017


Weekly Legislative Update for Friday, January 13

  • 1/10 – Attended House Republican Caucus meeting
  • 1/12 – Attended RLGA Reception for Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster

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

House Actions 1-13

Senate Actions 1-13

Week1_News_Jan13

Week 1 Bill Introductions


2016 Legislative Session Report:

Road Improvement Funding

During the final week of the legislative session, the South Carolina Legislature passed legislation to fund much-needed road improvements across the state. The bill allows the state to borrow $2 billion to begin road improvements for interstates and bridges, many of which were severely damaged after the historic October 2015 floods, and does not allow a tax increase to fund the projects. The bill also grants the Governor the authority to appoint all eight members of the Department of Transportation Commission, which governs the SCDOT.

Governor Nikki Haley unenthusiastically approved the legislation one week after its passage. In a message to the Senate and the House, Governor Haley stated that she signed the bill only because it is better than nothing. She ended her message by stating that “[o]ur business is unfinished.”

Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) agreed with Governor Haley and stated that road improvement funding will be revisited in 2017 “because we didn’t do the job this year.”

2016-2017 Budget

At the end of May, legislators agreed to the budget for the upcoming fiscal year beginning on July 1. The $7.5 billion budget includes a 3.25% pay increase for state employees, $11 million for the local government fund, and $30 million for beach nourishment.

Governor Haley line-item vetoed $41 million worth of spending in the legislature’s plan, but most funding was restored on Wednesday’s special, one-day session. Wednesday’s veto overrides included $2.3 million for the Department of Archives and History for Architectural Heritage Preservation, $100,000 for driving tours to historic African-American sites in rural South Carolina, and $3 million for the Medal of Honor Museum.

However, the Governor’s line-item veto of the study to move the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum to the Charleston area was sustained on Wednesday, as Representative Chip Limehouse (R-Charleston) stated on the floor that the Department of Administration would conduct the study with or without the appropriated funds.

Ethics Reform

In his final speech on the Senate floor after being defeated by his primary opponent, Senator Wes Hayes (R-York) called for the Senate to pass ethics reform on Wednesday.

After much debate and compromise, the Senate later unanimously passed legislation to require independent investigations of complaints against legislators. An additional ethics bill which requires all officeholders to report private sources of income also passed the legislature on Wednesday. Governor Haley has advocated for the legislation since 2012 and is expected to approve both bills.

June Primaries

On Tuesday, June 14, several incumbent legislators lost their re-election bids to party opponents in the state primary. Representatives Doug Brannon (R-Spartanburg), Donna Hicks (R-Spartanburg), Ralph Kennedy (R-Lexington), and Wendy Nanney (R-Greenville) will not be returning to the House in 2017 after losses in Tuesday’s primaries.

Governor Haley focused her attention on four major Senate GOP primaries, but only one of her challengers succeeded. Senator Wes Hayes (R-York, Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman) was defeated by former York County GOP Chairman Wes Climer of Rock Hill.

Senators Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence, President Pro Tempore and Finance Committee Chairman) and Luke Rankin (R-Horry, Ethics Committee Chairman) defeated their Haley-endorsed primary challengers on Tuesday. Representative Stephen Goldfinch’s (R-Georgetown) bid for retiring Senator Ray Cleary’s District 34 seat will be decided in the June 28 runoffs. Representative Goldfinch will face attorney Reese Boyd of Murrells Inlet, who is endorsed by Governor Haley.

Several other incumbents face June 28 runoffs including Senators Lee Bright (R-Spartanburg), Creighton Coleman (D-Fairfield), Mike Fair (R-Greenville, Corrections and Penology Committee Chairman), and Larry Martin (R-Pickens, Judiciary Committee Chairman), as well as Representative Bill Bowers (D-Hampton).

Senate Actions 6-16

House Actions 6-16


Legislative Update 5.5.16:

  • 5/3 – Senate budget debate began
  • 5/3 – Attended House Majority Caucus
  • 5/3 – Attended reception for Representative Laurie Funderburk (D-Kershaw)
  • 5/3 – Attended reception for Senate Democratic Caucus
  • 5/4 – Attended House Agriculture Environmental Affairs I Subcommittee for H. 5207 (SC Beverage Container Recycling Act). The Subcommittee adjourned debate on the bill.
  • 5/4 – The budget received third reading in the Senate by a vote of 36-5
  • 5/4 – Attended reception for Senator Shane Massey (R-Edgefield, Senate Majority Leader)
  • 5/4 – Attended reception for Senator Nikki Setzler (D-Lexington, Senate Minority Leader)

Post & Courier: S.C. Senate approves $7.5 billion state budget

The Senate met in perfunctory session on Thursday, May 5th.

The House and Senate will be off on Tuesday, May 10th for the state holiday. The House will remain furloughed on May 11th – 12th.

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached below.

Capitol Columbia Report 5-5-16


Legislative Update 4.29.16: 

  • 4/26 – Attended Senate Banking and Insurance Subcommittee for H. 4554 (SC Anti-Money Laundering Act). The bill was carried over.
  • 4/26 – Attended House Republican Caucus
  • 4/26 – Attended reception for Senator Marlon Kimpson (D-Charleston)
  • 4/27 – Attended House Labor, Commerce and Industry Ad-Hoc Subcommittee for H. 4967 (Business License Compliance Reform Act). No action was taken on the bill.
  • 4/27 – Attended Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Subcommittee for S. 938 (implement an adjusted minimum wage). The bill was carried over.
  • 4/27 – Attended Women’s Caucus luncheon
  • 4/27 – Attended reception for Representatives Bill Bowers (D-Hampton), Mandy Powers Norrell (D-Lancaster), Patsy Knight (D-Dorchester), Robert Ridgeway (D-Clarendon), and Leola Robinson-Simpson (D-Greenville)
  • 4/27 – Attended reception for Senators Karl Allen (D-Greenville) and Kent Williams (D-Marion)
  • 4/27 – Attended reception for Representative Chip Huggins (R-Lexington)
  • 4/28 – Attended Senate Judiciary Subcommittee for H. 3006 (Sunset on Regulations). No action was taken on the bill.

The Senate will debate the budget next week, May 3-5.

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached below.

House Actions 4-29

Senate Actions 4-29


Legislative Video from 2016 Retail Day: 

SCACS Leg Table Tent


Legislative Update 4.22.16: 

  • 4/19 – 4/21 – Attended Senate Finance Committee meetings on the budget
  • 4/19 – Attended House Republican Caucus
  • 4/19 – Attended House Labor, Commerce and Industry Public Utilities Subcommittee for S. 277 (State Telecom Equity in Funding Act), which was amended and received a favorable report
  • 4/19 – Attended Senate Judiciary Committee for S. 1139 (events occurring on premises of business establishments), which received a favorable report as amended
  • 4/19 – Attended reception for Representative Shannon Erickson (R-Beaufort)
  • 4/20 – Attended House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee for S. 277 (State Telecom Equity in Funding Act), which was amended and received a favorable report
  • 4/20 – Attended reception for Representatives Bill Clyburn (D-Aiken), Carl Anderson (D-Georgetown), Harold Mitchell (D-Spartanburg), and Chandra Dillard (D-Greenville)
  • 4/20 – Attended reception for John Scott (D-Richland) and Darrell Jackson (D-Richland)
  • 4/20 – Attended reception for Representatives Bill Herbkersman (R-Beaufort) and Gary Simrill (R-York)
  • 4/20 – Attended SCACS social at Grill Marks
  • 4/21 – Attended SCACS Legislative Breakfast and Retail Day
  • 4/21 – Attended SCACS Planning Meeting and Board Meeting

Greenville News: Senate bill would send $3 billion to roads, bridges

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached below.

House Actions 4-22

Senate Actions 4-22

Capitol Columbia Report 4-22-16

Week 15 Bill Intros


Legislative Update 4.15.16: 

  • 4/12 – Attended House Republican Caucus
  • 4/12-4/14 – Attended Senate Finance Committee meetings on the budget
  • 4/12 – Attended reception for Representatives Robert Brown (D-Charleston), Roger Kirby (D-Florence), Joe McEachern (D-Richland), and Russell Ott (D-Calhoun)
  • 4/12 – Attended reception for Senators Paul Campbell (R-Berkeley) and Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley, Senate Transportation Chairman)
  • 4/13 – Attended reception for House Ways and Means members Representatives Mike Anthony (D-Union), Jackie Hayes (D-Dillon), Lonnie Hosey (D-Barnwell), and Joe Neal (D-Richland)
  • 4/14 – Attended House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee for H. 4793 (Auxiliary Container).  The subcommittee took no action on the bill.
  • 4/14 – Attended House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee for S. 277 (State Equity in Telecom Act), which was referred back to subcommittee
  • 4/14 – Attended Senate Judiciary Subcommittee for S. 428 (Alli’s Law: Responsible Alcoholic Beverage Server Training Act) and S. 1139 (SLED alcohol conviction reporting). No action was taken on S. 428. S. 1139 was amended and received a favorable report.

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached below.

House Actions 4-15

Senate Actions 4-15

Capitol Columbia 4.15.16


Legislative Video Update: 


 Legislative Update 4.8.16: 

  • 4/4 – Filmed legislative update video
  • 4/5 – Senator Harvey Peeler (R-Cherokee) resigned his position as Senate Majority Leader on Tuesday.  Senator Shane Massey (R-Edgefield) was elected by the Republican Caucus as the new Majority Leader on Wednesday.
  • 4/5 – Attended reception for Senator Luke Rankin (R- Horry), Senate Ethics Committee Chairman

Aiken Standard: Shane Massey seeks to change Republican Party image as new Senate majority leader

The House remained on furlough this week and will convene at noon on April 12th.

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached below:

House Actions 4-8

Senate Actions 4-8

Capitol Columbia 4.8.16


Legislative Video Update: 


 Legislative Update 3.25.16: 

  • 3/21 – House budget debate began
  • 3/22 – Attended Senate Finance Committee for S. 1075 (natural gas alternative fuel gas tax incentive).  The bill was amended and received a favorable report.
  • 3/23 – Attended breakfast for Representative Neal Collins (R-Pickens)
  • 3/23 – Attended reception for Senator Wes Hayes (R-York, Senate Banking and Insurance Committee Chairman)
  • 3/24 – Filmed SCACS legislative update video

The State: House OKs 2% Pay Raise for SC Employees, Nearly $400 Million for Roads

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached below:

House Actions 3-24

Senate Actions 3-24

Week 11 Bill Intros

Capitol Columbia 3.24.16

The House and Senate will both furlough next week, March 29th-31st.  The House will remain on furlough April 5th-7th.  Due to the House and Senate both being on furlough next week, you will not receive a weekly report on Friday, April 1st.

 


 

Legislative Update 3.18.16: 

  • 3/14 – Governor Haley signed H. 4151 (Stamp Tax on Tobacco Products)
  • 3/15 – Attended the House Republican Caucus meeting
  • 3/15 – Attended Senate Finance Sales and Income Tax Subcommittee for S. 1075 (Natural Gas, Alternative Fuel Tax Incentive), which was amended and received a favorable report
  • 3/15 – Attended reception for Representative Leon Stavrinakis (D-Charleston)
  • 3/16 – Attended reception for Representatives Todd Rutherford (D-Richland), Pat Henegan (D-Marlboro), and MaryGail Douglas (D-Fairfield)
  • 3/16 – Attended reception for Representative Beth Bernstein (D-Richland)
  • 3/16 – Attended reception for Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington)

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached.

House Actions 3-18

Senate Actions 3-18

Capitol Columbia 3.18.16


Legislative Update 3.11.16: 

3/8 – Attended the House Republican Caucus meeting

3/8 – Attended House Judiciary Committee meeting on H. 4554 (SC Anti Money Laundering Act).  The bill received a favorable report as amended.

3/9 – Attended breakfast for Senator Thomas Alexander

3/9 – Attended House Keep our Majority reception

3/10 – Attended breakfast for Senator Shane Massey

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached below:

House Actions 3-11

Senate Actions 3-11

Capitol Columbia 3.11.16


Legislative Update 3.4.16: 

3/1 – Attended the House Republican Caucus meeting

3/3 – Attended House Judiciary Criminal Laws Subcommittee for H. 4554 (Anti-Money Laundering Act).  The bill was amended and given a favorable report.

Post and Courier: Senate Road Plan Draws Mixed Reviews

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House Actions 3-4

Senate Actions 3-4

Capitol Columbia 3.4.16

Week 8 Bill Intros


Legislative Update 2.26.16: 

2/23 – Attended the House Republican Caucus meeting

2/24 – Attended reception for Rep. James Smith (D-Richland)

2/24 – Attended reception for Rep. Weston Newton (R-Beaufort), Chairman of the

House Legislative Oversight Committee

2/25 – Attended Senate Medical Affairs Committee for S. 550 (DHEC Reorganization).  The bill was referred to subcommittee.

The State: House Panel Approves Budget

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached below:

House Actions 2-26

Senate Actions 2-26

Week 7 Bill Intros

Capitol Columbia 2.26.16


Legislative Update 2.19.16: 

2/16 – Attended the House Republican Caucus meeting

2/16 – Attended Senate Finance Committee for H. 4151 (Cigarette Stamp Tax).  The bill was given a favorable report as amended.

2/16 – Attended reception for Congressman Mick Mulvaney

2/17 – Attended reception for Representative Mike Gambrell

2/17 – Attended reception for Senator Creighton Coleman

2/18 – H. 4151 received second reading in the Senate by a vote of 34-3

The House is on furlough this week, February 16-18.  They return next Tuesday, February 23rd.

The House Ways and Means Committee will debate the budget next week.

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached.


Legislative Update 2.5.16: 

2/2 – Attended the House Republican Caucus meeting

2/2 – Attended Senate Finance Committee for H. 3579 (Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act). No action was taken on the bill. Senator Leatherman told members that he had invited SC DOT officials to testify before the committee next Tuesday and added that he expects to send the bill to the floor for debate the following week.  On Thursday, there was extended and heated debate on the Senate floor about the Senate’s failure to take up the bill for consideration yet.

2/2 – Attended House Regulations & Administrative Procedures Environmental & Natural Resources Subcommittee for R. 4565 (Underground Storage Tanks), which was given a favorable report.

o   DHEC offered an amendment to the existing underground fuel tank regulations, which were adopted in 1997, which will make the requirements for tanks in close proximity to water much less onerous.  As amended, this provision of regulations will still go into effect in December of 2018, but will no longer require double-walled tanks as long as the tank owner has been deemed to be in substantial compliance with existing tank regulations for the last three years.

o   The newly revised regulations would allow for tank owner to correct a problem(s) identified during DHEC’s annual tank inspection and not be required to go to a double walled tank.  This requirement would only be enforced in a case where a tank owner was found to be substantially out of compliance for a period of three years.

o   Mihir Mehta, DHEC’s Underground Tank Management Director compared this system to the SC driver’s license points program where a driver doesn’t lose his license for getting a 2-point ticket.  Only after accumulating 12 points, does a driver lose his driving privileges.  In this system, a tank owner would have to be a flagrant offender to be forced to go to double walled tanks.

o   Please see the attached copy of the regulation, which goes to full committee next.

2/2 – Attended reception for House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister

2/3 – Attended reception for House Ways & Means Chairman Brian White

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached.

House Actions 2-5

Senate Actions 2-5

Reg 4565

Week 4 Bill Intros

Capitol Columbia 2.5.16


Legislative Update 1.29.16: 

1/26 – Attended House Republican Caucus meeting

1/26 – Attended Senate Finance Committee for H.3579 (SC Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act). The Committee took no action.

1/26 – Attended Senate Judiciary Committee meeting for H. 3682 (Bad Faith Assertion of Patent Infringement Act), which was favorably reported out of committee as amended

1/26 – Attended S.C. Chamber Business Speaks Legislative Town Hall and Reception

1/27 – Attended Senate Finance Committee for H.3579 (SC Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act). The Committee again took no action, but heard information from state staff regarding the consequences of the gas tax hike and how projections were calculated.

1/27 – Debate on H. 3878 (Increase State Tax Brackets) was adjourned until 2/3.

1/27 – Attended SCACS board meeting and taped SCACS video legislative update

1/27 – Attended Reception for House LCI Chairman Bill Sandifer

Please find your bill charts and Capitol Columbia Report attached.

House Actions 1-29

Senate Actions 1-29

Capitol Columbia 1.29.16


Legislative Update 1.22.16: 

1/19 – Attended House Republican Caucus meeting

1/19 – Attended House Republican Caucus Reception


 

Legislative Update 1.15.16: 

1/12 – Attended the House Republican Caucus meeting

1/13 – Senate Standing Committees were reassigned due to the recent deaths of two Senators.  Attached you will find an updated list of committee assignments.

1/13 – Met with Senator Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley) regarding gas tax

1/13 – Attended Senate Democratic Caucus Reception

House Actions 1-15

Senate Actions 1-15

2016 Senate Committee Assignments

Capitol Columbia 1.15.16