Bills filed during 4/13/21 – 4/15/21

Criminal Justice H.4210 – Making it a felony to give out the private address, phone number or email of an elected official or government employee with the intent to intimidate, harass or threaten, punishable by up to five years in prison  H.4213 – A judge may issue a search warrant to search for and seize […]

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Requiring businesses serving liquor to earn majority of their revenue from food, non-alcoholic drinks

S.536, which received a committee hearing Wednesday, would require businesses serving liquor-based drinks to earn at least 51% of their total revenue from food and non-alcoholic beverages. The bill would expand South Carolina’s already restrictive liquor laws, which don’t recognize traditional bars or nightclubs.    Instead, any business (with exceptions for hotels and micro distilleries) […]

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Bills filed during 4/6/21 – 4/8/21

Criminal Justice H.4149 – Limiting the amount of monetary compensation a whistleblower on public utilities can recover from litigation and allowing the utility to fire the whistleblower if it is determined they made the claim in bad faith or on a technical violation H.4141 – Allowing people to participate in pretrial intervention programs (for certain […]

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Bills update 2021: what passed and what to watch

Last week (Saturday, April 10) was the 2021 crossover deadline, which means bills that failed to pass one chamber (House or Senate) and cross to the other by this date would need a two-thirds vote to be considered. As this is the first year in a two-year session, bills that failed to meet this deadline […]

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Bills filed during 3/30/21 – 3/31/21

Taxation/Spending S.710 – Allowing municipalities that don’t have operating property taxes to impose one  (capped at a rate sufficient to generate one-third of the previous year’s general fund expenses). Any municipality that has eliminated its property tax will be allowed to re-impose it with the old rate plus whatever increases would have been allowed since […]

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Bills filed during 3/23/21 – 3/25/21

Medical/Covid S.687 – Upon request by customers, a business must disclose the percentage of its employees who have been vaccinated for covid. Failure to do so, or a willful misrepresentation of the number, is grounds for a civil penalty up to $250 S.688 – Insurers of accident or health policies must give a discount to […]

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Lawmakers want fewer checks on higher education spending

Update: House lawmakers inserted language from the bill as a proviso in the state budget, which passed the chamber Wednesday. The budget bill now heads to the Senate. Under S.376, as passed by the Senate Education Committee, the state’s largest universities (University of South Carolina-Columbia, Clemson and the Medical University of South Carolina) would be […]

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Bills filed during 3/16/21 – 3/18/21

Taxation/Spending H.4092 – Repealing the gas tax (including the incremental 2 cent hike every year), road tax, and the effect of other motor carrier taxes H.4100 – Annual appropriations bill (the state budget) H.4101 – Appropriations from the Capital Reserve Fund giving millions to various institutions of higher education for maintenance and improvements/construction of capital […]

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Bills filed during 3/9/21 – 3/11/21

Government Structure S.647 – To direct the State Division of Aeronautics to sell all state airplanes that are used to transport the governor, legislators, and their invitees H.4061 – Amending state retirement and benefit plans, creating a defined contribution plan under the Public Employee Benefit Authority to replace the pension system going forward. Creates an […]

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Diverting gas tax dollars to pay local officials?

On Tuesday, the South Carolina Senate passed a bill that would pay certain transportation officials (appointed by lawmakers) using their county’s local share of gas tax revenue. S.447 would pay each member of the Lee County Transportation Committee (CTC) $100 for each meeting attended, for up to fifteen meetings. This bill would also make the […]