H.3250 – Creating a new state entitlement program to supplement SNAP

H.3250 – would create a state entitlement program to supplement federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) dollars in an attempt to incentivize SNAP recipients to buy fruit and vegetables. This program would be called the “Fruit and Vegetable SNAP Grant Program.” Under this program, every time an individual used his SNAP benefits […]

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S.289 – Local government transparency requirements

S.289 would impose thorough transparency requirements on local governments. Under this bill, counties, municipalities and school districts would have to post the following information on their websites: elected officials’ contact information, meeting agendas, FOIA guidelines, budget data, contracts with lobbyists, employee compensation, etc. On top of this, they would have set up a searchable database […]

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S. 228 – Creates mini-government within Tri-County Technical College

This bill would create a powerful mini-government within the Tri-County Technical College for the purpose of driving economic development. This new entity – called an “enterprise authority” – would have the power to issue revenue bonds on behalf of the college, collect fees for undefined purposes, and possibly even exercise eminent domain. Such bonds must […]

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S.326 – Moving funds from SLED to reimburse costs of PTSD in firefighters and EMTs

S.326 is a resolution ordering the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to pay $250,000 out of their current budget to the SC Firefighters Association. This money would go to reimburse firefighters and emergency medical technicians who incur “mental injury” (an undefined term) for out-of-pocket costs that are not covered by insurance or workers’ compensation. The […]

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S.309 – Doubling the budget of the South Carolina Research Authority

S.309 would essentially double the budget of the SC Research Authority, a state-owned venture capital firm by doubling the cap on available tax credits for the “Industry Partnership Trust Fund”. The cap would increase to $12 million (from $6 million), but decrease the individual tax credit from $2 million to $250,000. It would also prevent […]

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H.3473 – Convention of States

H.3473 calls for an Article V convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution to mandate a federal balanced budget. Article V of the Constitution establishes two ways to amend the Constitution: one through Congress and one through a convention of states. For the latter method, two-thirds of the states must request a convention. Any […]

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Additional Funding for the Infrastructure Bank

Update: these two bills have been combined to form S.1258, which is an official committee bill. Under this bill, the two revenue streams (car taxes and DMV fees) would be directed into the state funded resurfacing program within the State Highway Fund.  The DOT would then send a list of potential bridge & road projects (with certain qualifications) […]

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Putting a Pay Raise for Legislators Question on the Ballot

H.4844 would place on the 2016 General Election ballot an advisory question asking if the legislative pay should be raised to $35,000 or $50,000 (current pay is $10,400). In the first place, this would be a very unfair and leading question. The only options are both huge increases, and there is no selection for citizens […]

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Increasing the Size of Legislative Staff

H.4801 would amend the rules of the House of Representatives to allow each House member to appoint one full time staffer to perform such duties related to the member’s service in the House. H.4802 would similarly amend the House rules to allow each member to appoint one full time staffer, except this staffer would be […]

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Restrictions on the Government Purchase of Portable Solar Power Generator Systems

H.4732 would prohibit the state or any political subdivision from purchasing portable solar power generator systems unless the system to be purchased: has security-sensitive component parts that are manufactured in the United States is manufactured in the United States has an aggregate cost of the product’s domestic components that is at least eighty-five percent of […]

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