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The House met on 5/23 as required by the Sine Die Resolution in order to take up the budget and vetoes, but due to the lack of business before the House, members were informed that unless they had other official business to attend to, it was unnecessary for them to attend session.

  •  The Senate met briefly to ratify acts and approve S. 671, which received third reading and was sent to the House on 5/24.
  •  5/23 – Attended Senate Finance Committee for S. 671 (joint resolution for continuing authority to pay the expenses of state government if the 2017-2018 fiscal year begins without a general appropriations act), which received a favorable report
  • 5/23 – Attended Budget Conference Committee
  • 5/24 – Attended reception for Rep. Chandra Dillard (D-Greenville) and Rep. Roger Kirby (R-Florence)

 

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·         5/8 – Attended H. 3516 (roads bill) conference committee. The conference committee finalized and signed their report after free conference powers were granted to them. The Senate approved the conference report and on 5/9, the House approved the conference report and the bill was ratified. It was sent to the Governor for consideration that evening, who promptly vetoed the bill. 

·         5/10 – The House voted to override Gov. McMaster’s veto of H. 3516 (roads bill) by a 95-18 vote. Shortly after, the Senate also voted to override the veto by a 32-12 vote, with an effective date of July 1, 2017. Please see the attached document which explains the new law. The business property tax breaks included in the Senate version did not make the final language.

·         5/11 – The House and Senate adjourned Sine Die and will return on 5/23 to take up the budget and vetoes

 

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·         5/2 – Attended reception for Sen. Mia McLeod (D-Richland) and Sen. Margie Bright Matthews (D-Colleton)

·         5/2 – Attended reception for Rep. Ivory Thigpen (D-Richland), Rep. Will Wheeler (D-Lee), Rep. Lucas Atkinson (D-Marion), and Rep. Michael Rivers (D-Beaufort)

·         5/2 – Attended Senate Republican Caucus reception

·         5/3 – Attended reception for Rep. Laurie Funderburk (D-Kershaw)

·        5/3 – Attended Senate Democratic Caucus reception

 

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·         4/25 – Attended reception for Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-Kershaw), Sen. Mike Fanning (D-Fairfield), and Sen. Glenn Reese (D-Spartanburg)

·         4/26 – Attended Senate LCI Professionals and Occupations Subcommittee for H. 3968 (prior criminal convictions on regulated professions), which was carried over

·         4/26 – Attended reception for Sen. Ronnie Sabb (D-Williamsburg), Sen. Kevin Johnson (D-Clarendon), and Sen. Kent Williams (D-Marion)

·         4/26 – Attended Keep the Majority reception

 

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·         4/18 – Attended reception for Rep. Russell Ott (D-Calhoun)

·         4/18 – Attended reception for House Republican Caucus

·         4/18 – Attended reception for Rep. Garry Smith (R-Greenville)

·         4/18 – Attended reception for Sen. William Timmons (R-Greenville)

·         4/19 – Attended reception for Sen. Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington)

 

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The State: Gov. McMaster to agencies: Slash regulations that hurt businesses

 

Weekly Legislative Update

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  • 3/28 – Attended House Judiciary Committee for 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 Ad Hoc Regulations Committee for H. 3002 (regulatory freedom act), which was given a favorable report

o   The bill mandates that all regulations promulgated after July 1, 2017 will sunset after 5 years. The goal is to force review of all future regulations to ensure they do what they are intended to do and that they are still necessary.

o   Members, agencies, and interested parties all had concerns about the bill as written, so the favorable report was given with the understanding that amendments will be taken up in full committee

Please find your bill charts (Senate page 1, Senate page 2) (House page 1, House page 2), bill introductions, and session newsletter attached.

 

 

 

Weekly Legislative Update

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·         3/13 – House budget debate began on the floor

·         3/15 – H. 3720 (budget bill) and H. 3721 (capital reserve fund) received third reading and were sent to the Senate

·         3/16 – Filmed SCAHACC legislative video update

 

Senate Bills, House Bills, Page 1 of 2 page newsletter, Page 2 of 2 page newsletter 

 

 

South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors

  • 2/28 – Attended Clemson Night reception

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Page 1 of State House News, Page 2 of State House News, Page 1 of Bill Chart, Page 2 of Bill Chart

 

Weekly Legislative Update — February 15, 2016

South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors

  • 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

Please find your bill charts attached.

Senate Report

House Report

State House News Feb.13 – 17   Page 1  and Page 2

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Weekly Legislative Update — February 10, 2016

  • 2/6 – 2/8 – Spoke with House LCI staff and House LCI Chairman Bill Sandifer (R-Oconee) regarding H. 3650 (SC Business License Standardization Act)
  • 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 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.

Bill summary for business license tax standardization act

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3650.htm

 

  • The business community has made it clear they oppose paying a tax to a private organization. This is a delegation of each individual municipality’s sovereign authority that is impermissible and bad public policy. H. 3650 will ensure that businesses may pay their business license fees to one entity housed within the Secretary of State’s Office.
  • The legislation creates an additional avenue for businesses to use to file their business licenses while it does not take away the current method.
  • This bill does not take away the authority of the cities to set the tax rates, it will only require them to do it in open session, which is not currently being done in some instances. This is good governance that is necessary for transparency.
  • This bill creates a uniform filing date, a uniform application, and uniform classes statewide to make it easier for businesses to obtain a license and keep it active.
  • This bill seeks to eliminate double taxation on businesses and allows for exemptions and credits for certain taxes paid.