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Weekly Legislative Update: Jan 21 – Jan 23, 2020

What they did: This week the House passed H.4819 – legislation to pay local Union County transportation officials out of gas-tax dollars for attending their meetings (SCPC analysis). It should be noted that in addition to diverting gas-tax revenue away from road repair, this bill also violates the constitutional prohibition on special, locally targeted bills. However, the …

Lawmakers double down on Second Amendment attacks

MULTIPLE BILLS ATTACK SOUTH CAROLINIANS’ RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS A growing number of bills filed by lawmakers would erode South Carolinians’ Second Amendment rights. In recent weeks, five bills were introduced that push for gun confiscation powers, banning certain firearms, and severely limiting their access – all of which would violate the rights …

Weekly Legislative Update: Jan 14 – Jan 16, 2020

January 14 – 16, 2020 . What they did: The 2020 legislative session started this week, and since it is the second year in the two-year session, lawmakers were able to begin debating bills on the floor almost immediately.  On Wednesday, the Senate placed S.419 (the Senate education omnibus bill) on special order, giving it …

Bills filed during 1/21/20 – 1/23/20

Individual rights H.4991 – Seizure of weapons without due process or notice, commonly known as a “red flag law” S.1039 – Permanent loss of gun rights for low-level crimes (crimes that carry a penalty of one year or more) Criminal Justice H.4965 – Jails/prisons can not permanently prohibit or limit in-person visitation, may still temporarily …

Education “reforms” focused on workforce rather than education

Update as of 3/2/20: The Senate version of this bill has received a high volume of amendments. As such, specific details contained in this summary may be out of date. Both bills’ workforce elements, however, largely remain the same. We are currently in the process making all necessary updates.  Addressing public education was a top …

Weekly Legislative Update: May 14 – May 16, 2019

What they did: The legislative session ended last week with several bills in conference committees (three lawmakers from each chamber assigned to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill in question). Next Monday, the General Assembly will reconvene for a special session to vote on (among other things) the …

Weekly Legislative Update: May 7 – May 9, 2019

What they did: Lawmakers adjourned sine die this week, ending the 2019 legislative session – except for at least one special session later this month. Lawmakers have still not passed the budget, despite five months to do so and a process laid out in state law designed to make passing a budget both transparent and efficient. Lawmakers …