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 …

Weekly Legislative Update – March 17 – 19, 2020

What they did: This week, the General Assembly reconvened briefly to pass H.4014, which appropriates $45 million of surplus dollars to the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to address the COVID-19 outbreak.  The governor suggested that these funds be deducted from a small, nonrefundable tax credit of $100 per taxpayer (with a state tax …

Bills filed during 6/23/20 – 6/24/20

Government Structure S.1234 – Situations in which the Governor may declare a state of emergency, but the reasons are left blank S.1235 – Creating the Office of Broadband Development within Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) S.1240 – Law Enforcement Training Council can establish standards for all law enforcement agencies in the state and ability to …

SC State House Happenings

Legislative update: What lawmakers passed and what’s still in play

South Carolina lawmakers met last week (May 12) to take up legislation dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and to pass a resolution funding state government through the year until they can return and write an official budget. But they also took the opportunity to pass and introduce a handful of other bills too, some entirely …

Bills filed during 5/12/20 – 5/13/20

Government Structure S.1203 – Giving the legislature (or President of the Senate and Speaker of the House if it is inconvenient to convene the General Assembly) the power to revoke a declaration of a state of emergency and explicitly allowing the governor to declare successive states of emergency  H.5473 – Resolution expressing a limit on …

Bills filed during 3/18/20 – 3/19/20

Regulations S.1184 – Regulating licensing of the massage industry, increasing license fees for massage therapists, creating a new license for massage establishments, providing penalties for non-compliance, and instructing the Massage Board to investigate facilities for compliance   H.5419 – Prohibiting courts from processing evictions for 90 days S.1179 – Approving regulations by the department of insurance …

Weekly Legislative Update – March 10 – 12, 2020

What they did: This week, the House passed a $32 billion budget – the largest budget in state history. However, they only debated around $10 billion of that spending and merely rubberstamped the acceptance of over $9 billion of federal dollars, without asking what strings are attached to those dollars or how state policy will …