Bills filed during 4/23/19 – 4/25/19

Government Structure and Reform S.780 – DOT shall examine feasibility of funding bridge and highway projects with tolls, tolls could operate indefinitely, federal match requirement is removed S.785 – Sine die adjournment bill. The Legislature will reconvene May 20 – 22 for the budget vetoes, appointments, local legislation, and matters to do with Santee Cooper […]

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Weekly Legislative Update: Apr 9 – Apr 11, 2019

What they did: Lawmakers in both chambers passed a flurry of bills this week in advance of the Wednesday crossover deadline. According to legislative rules, any bill that passes one chamber after April 10 cannot be heard in the opposite chamber without a two-thirds majority vote. Accordingly, bills that did not make the crossover deadline […]

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Weekly Legislative Update: Apr 2 – Apr 4, 2019

What lawmakers did: It has been a busy week at the State House, as any bills that do not cross over to the opposite chamber by next Wednesday (April 10) cannot be considered this year without a two-thirds majority. Accordingly, a number of bills passed both chambers this week. The House Education Committee passed a […]

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Bills filed during 4/9/19 – 4/11/19

Criminal Law S.747 – allowing use of cameras for civil enforcement of traffic laws H.4445 – endangering emergency services on an accident scene comes with a  higher fine, now it is $1,000 up from $500 H.4442 – in a family court case where DSS is the initiating party, the number of continuances that have been […]

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Bills filed during 4/2/19 – 4/4/19

Criminal Law H.4383 – Additional fine if driver is holding cell phone during traffic violation, revenue goes to Dept. of Public Safety to fund distracted driving campaign H.4386 – Impersonating a driver of ridesharing service is evidence of attempted kidnapping H.4400 – Increasing the amount of time a perpetrator of a violent crime who has […]

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Bills filed during 3/26/19 – 3/28/19

Criminal Law S.723 – Illegal to use a phone while driving 1st offense $100 2nd is $300 and 2 points H.4297 – Additional punishment for committing crimes while on bail, and add crimes that cannot get bail including; domestic violence in the 1st or 2nd degree, criminal sexual conduct in the 3rd degree, and strong […]

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Bills filed during 3/19/19 – 3/21/19

Government Structure and Reform: H.4258 – Creates a new state retirement plan for private businesses H.4259 – Public officials DUI records subject to FOIA H.4260 – Regulates Santee Cooper through board qualifications and whistleblower protections H.4261 – Creates a new Santee Cooper oversight agency comprised of lawmakers 4265 – Expands jurisdiction of a public water […]

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Bills filed during 3/12/19 – 3/14/19

Government structure and reform S.636 – Workers’ compensation can be based on medical records, instead of medical advice. Both are admissible in appeals process. S.637 – Public employees’ drug test results are subject to FOIA, if the test was requested by the employer due to an accident or incident S.638 – Prohibits local internet monopolies […]

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Bills filed during 3/5/19 – 3/7/19

Government structure and reform H.4213–  Creates interim appointment process for county board of voter registration H.4191  – Amends ethics laws, disclosure must include consultant jobs, changes definition of “committee” to include legislative caucus S.601 – Tightens rules for persons residing or working in foster homes S.609 – Creates advisory council for pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome […]

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S.323 – Streamlining Department of Revenue’s process finding tax debtor’s bank accounts

S.323 would allow the Department of Revenue (DOR) to get bank account information of tax debtors from the banks, rather than requiring DOR to get it from the debtor. Current law already allows the DOR to put a lien on assets to confiscate what is needed to settle the tax debt (through a warrant of […]

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