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I Couldn't Be More Proud of Our Superb RBC Heritage!
With Tiger Woods winning The Masters last weekend it is great to see fresh excitement in the game of professional golf.
What’s good for golf is good for Hilton Head Island, and good for The State of South Carolina as well. After all, despite our splendid 13 miles of beachfront and the award-winning design of our planned communities, we all know it is the game of golf that has long been the driving force for our community's world class reputation and economic growth. Our prominence for great golf has been drawing visitors, retirees and businesses here for more than half a century.
Heritage Week is always a special time on our island. It’s when we stop to celebrate golf each year. It’s when Hilton Head shines around the globe with TV broadcasts. I’m told that last year’s RBC Heritage – South Carolina’s only PGA golf tournament -- was broadcasted in 23 different languages to as many as one billion viewers.
I feel proud when I tell my fellow legislators at the State House in Columbia that the Heritage Classic Foundation has distributed $41 million in charitable donations throughout South Carolina and Georgia since 1987 including a record $3.3 million in 2018.
Last April, our tournament celebrated its 50th anniversary, and I was honored to deliver to the Heritage Classic Foundation Board a SC General Assembly Official Resolution honoring that milestone. (see photo above).
I was also excited to participate with other members of our Beaufort County legislative delegation in the presentation of our State Flag to 2017 RBC Heritage winner Wesley Bryan, a native South Carolinian from Irmo.
Regulatory Freedom Act
I am very pleased that the Regulatory Freedom Act – a bill which I was the primary sponsor, has passed through the committee process and is now up for final debate on the House floor. This bill is designed specifically to help trim burdensome regulations across the State on both small businesses as well as on citizens.
If enacted into law, the bill will provide a 5-year “sunset provision” on any existing regulation that is amended or any new regulation that is approved unless those bills are individually renewed. It is believed that this Regulatory Freedom Act will be especially helpful to small businesses that are currently burdened with many outmoded and unnecessary State regulations.
More Good News for USCB
As the State Budget is being debated in the South Carolina Senate, our whole Beaufort County delegation is grateful that the recurring annual state appropriation for USC Beaufort has been increased to a much greater degree than the increase for other higher-education institutions.
Combine that with the new Hospitality Campus on Hilton Head Island and the newly announced first-ever Masters’ Degree program at USCB (Master of Science in Computational Science), and we can take pride in the progress that is continuing to be made.
We should be especially thankful for the great work our State Senator Tom Davis has done in this regard.
Other Bills of Interest
Heartbeat Bill- It took hours of debate, but with a vote of 15-7 the House Judiciary Committee, of which I am a part and voted yes, advanced the Heartbeat bill (H-3020) to the full House. The vote was mostly along party lines. This bill would outlaw abortions after a baby’s heartbeat is detected. The pregnant woman must also be informed of the heartbeat and given the opportunity to hear it. One amendment was added – an exception for victims of rape and incest.
Legislation for Ride Share Services- In the wake of the tragedy involving the murder of the USC student on March 31, legislation (H-4380) has been proposed to make it easier for riders to identify Uber and Lyft vehicles.The proposal requires drivers of ridesharing services to display illuminated stickers on their windshields.
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