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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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Bills filed during 3/2/21 – 3/4/21

Government Structure S.635 – Adding 2 members to the Executive Committee of the (SCRA) SC Research Authority, allowing them to purchase private companies’ debt, and increasing the amount a tax credit a single person can get for donating to the SCRA  S.641 – Reserving the right to fire county veterans’ affairs officers to legislative delegations …

Bills filed during 2/23/21 – 2/25/21

Government Structure S.592 – Once a a judge retires, he or she cannot return to work as a judge again S.594 – Increasing the Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC) membership to 15, legislative delegations would appoint 14 and the governor 1; legislators cannot serve on the JMSC H.3977 – Local governments may not decrease funding …

Bills filed during 2/16/21 – 2/18/21

Criminal Justice S.581 – Wireless phone companies must provide personal location data upon request by law enforcement if they believe there is risk of serious harm; shields a company from civil or criminal action if they provide such information in accordance with the law  S.586 – Current senators may not appear as lawyers in front …