H.3218 – Giving DHEC Additional Jurisdiction Over Private Dams

H.3218 expands the definition of “dam” to include dams which could cause serious damage to property or roads if they fail, and removes the specification that the Department of Transportation must be responsible for the road(s) subject to possible damage. This bill would also greatly expand the regulatory jurisdiction of the Department of Health and […]

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H.3408 – Free Hunting/Fishing Licenses for Police, Firefighters, State Guard Members

H.3408 would allow police officers, volunteer firefighters, or state guard members who are South Carolina residents to obtain three-year fishing or combination license (a combination license covers big game and migratory waterfowl hunting, hunting on wildlife management area lands, and fishing) for free. It is unclear why public servants should not pay for privileges that all other South […]

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H.3409 – Free Museum Admittance for Police, Firefighters, State Guard Members

H.3409 would allow police officers, volunteer firefighters, or state guard members who are South Carolina residents to enter the State Museum for free. It is unclear why public servants should not pay for privileges that all other South Carolinians must pay for. Good government in a free society mandates that everyone be treated equally under the law […]

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H.3417 – Permitting for Mobile Barbershops

H.3417 would require mobile barbershops to obtain a permit from the State Board of Barber Examiners before operating. The bill imposes regulations and permitting fees as well as allowing the board to enact additional regulations as it sees fit in order to implement the provisions of the bill. This is one of the more obvious examples of […]

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S. 74 – Motion Picture Incentives

S. 74 would require that funds set aside to promote the production of motion pictures in South Carolina may be carried over at the end of the year.  This bill is one more example of the special interest influence on South Carolina’s tax code.

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H. 3529 – Auxilliary Containers

H. 3529 would require that any regulation dealing with “auxiliary containers” may only originate in the General Assembly, and would preempt counties and municipalities from establishing their own regulations for such containers, defined as bags, cups, packages etc.  

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S. 73 – Second Amendment Weekend Tax Exemptions

S. 73 would exempt a broad array of home security items from sales tax collection over the course of Second Amendment weekend.  Given that the state of South Carolina already exempts more sales tax than it collects, it is bad policy to add another category of exemption.

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S.231 – Driver Training Courses Required for Application

S.231 would require people between the ages of 15 and 21 to attend a driver training course from a licensed driver training school in order to obtain a license. In addition, any person age 21 or older, who has not previously held a driver’s license, would have to pass an eight hour defensive driving course. […]

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H. 3038 – Locksmiths

H. 3038 would create a South Carolina Board of Locksmiths.  This board would create, adopt and administer examinations and tests that would certify someone as a licensed locksmith.  This bill would establish an unnecessary barrier to entry for those interested in entering the locksmithing business.

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H. 3002 – Regulatory Freedom Act

H. 3002 would require that new regulations issued would expire after 5 years, unless they are reviewed by the General Assembly.  While there are exceptions, this would be a step in the right direction towards freeing South Carolina.

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