Site Content

Happening in Columbia this week 2/11-2/5

This week, lawmakers will take up a series of important-to-watch bills in committee hearings and on the House and Senate floor.
Perhaps the most crucial bill to watch is S.259, which creates a new fund to enable local governments to purchase flooded homes and finance floodplain restoration. If this bill passed, homeowners all over the state could facing eminent domain and displacement in the process of flood protection construction. The bill is being considered by the Senate Agriculture Committee, and the meeting is currently not scheduled to be live streamed.
A Senate subcommittee will hear for the first time a bill that would institute an higher education funding formula, tying higher education funding to increases in the general fund. It would also create a new fund to support scholarships and public universities using uncollected sales tax. This bill is in addition to the massive House proposal overhauling K-12 education, which is receiving its third subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.
A number of important bills are also being heard on the floor of both the House and Senate, including one that would allow the Department of Revenue to compel financial information from individuals’ banks.  For the full list of bills, scroll to the bottom of the page.
House floor session
H.3417 - Moves the illegal immigration unit from DPS to SLED
H.3031 - Shortens voter registration window
H.3274 - Local government cannot regulate cigarettes, alternative nicotine products
H.3700 - Allows for placement of shoreline perpendicular wingwalls
H.3398 - Permanently establishes Tucker Hipps Transparency Act
H.3312 - Funnels special license plate fees to the state highway fund
H.3929 - State Board of Education may waive makeup day requirementSenate floor session S.214 - Collecting sales tax from online retailers (SCPC analysis)
S.309 - Doubles the budget of the South Carolina Research Authority (SCPC analysis)
S.35 - Mandatory U.S. Constitution instruction for colleges
S.105 - Amending penalties for animal cruelty
S.38 - SLED must investigate officer involved-shootings
S.160 - Dept of Revenue can implement online tax lien filing system
S.323 - Dept of Revenue can compel financial information from individuals’ banks
S.310 - Stricter regulation on unstamped cigarettes
S.398 - Grace period for unstamped cigarettes
S.314 - Creates income tax credit for clinical rotations completed by medical students
Tuesday – 2/12/19
House committee meetings
3M Committee
H.3157 - Licensing for genetic counselors
H.3253 - Licensing for mobile barbershops
H.3438 - Division of Veterans Affairs moved to Governor’s officeJudiciary Committee
H.3362 - Driver's license suspension for failing to pay a ticket does not constitute "habitual offender"
H.3082 - Local governments may allow Sunday alcohol sales under certain circumstancesEducation subcommittee
H.3759 - Overhauls the state education systemSenate committee meetings
Finance subcommittee
S.329 - Extends tax credit for geothermal machinery
S.362 - Creates solar energy tax credit
S.408 - Amends definition of cable system operator
Wednesday – 2/13/19
House committee meetings
Judiciary Committee
H.3916 - Failure to register a vehicle is a misdemeanor and a $500 fineAgriculture subcommittee
H.3732 - Mandatory ongoing education on controlled substances for veterinarians
H.3449 - Dept of Agriculture is responsible for regulating hempWays and Means subcommittee
H.3717 - Creates an income tax for home renovationEnvironmental affairs subcommittee
H.3699 - DHEC to defer to federal government in determining recreational dock constructionSenate committee meetings
Medical Affairs subcommittee
S.132 - Offers more flexibility for physician assistants
S.277 - Regulation for speech language pathologists
S.303 - More regulations for officers transporting mental health patientsEducation Committee
H.3697 - Gives CHE more flexibility with alternate program completion optionsLCI subcommittee
S.455 - Veterans’ spouses receive temporary occupational licenses
Thursday - 2/14/19
House committee meetings
Agriculture Committee
H.3699 - DHEC to defer to federal government in determining recreational doc construction
H.3732 - Mandatory ongoing education on controlled substances for veterinarians
H.3449 - Dept of Agriculture is responsible for regulating hempSenate committee meetings
Finance subcommittee
S.298 - Higher education funding overhaulAgriculture Committee
S.384 - Repeals hemp law in order to adopt federal regulations
S.281 - Intentional misrepresentation of a service animal is a misdemeanor
S.259 - Creates a loan fund for flood disasterEducation subcommittee
S.203 - Provides criteria for school district consolidation

Who’s feeding your lawmakers?
SC Association of Realtors
City of Columbia
SC Arts Alliance
Independent Banks of South Carolina
Florence County Economic Development Partnership & Florence County Progress
SC Speech Language and Hearing Association