Bills filed during 2/2/21 – 2/4/21

. Taxation/ Spending  H.3790 – Appropriating an additional 4% of the funds received by the General Fund from admission taxes to the Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for exclusive use of the SC Film Commission until the Commission receives 46% of the fund’s admission tax annually  H.3820 – Paying the Spartanburg County School District …

Bills filed during 1/25/21 – 1/28/21

. Spending S.491 – Issuance of $550 million in General Obligation bonds (backed by every taxpayer in the state) for a Charleston Port expansion project H.3707 – Appropriating $45,000,000 to MUSC and $63,000,000 to DHEC from the Contingency Relief Fund (and another $100,000,000 to a vaccine reserve account) H.3770 – Authorizing the use of federal …

Bills filed during 1/12/21 – 1/21/21

Education H.3611  – Creating a massive data collecting system that tracks children from preschool through the workforce (the data warehouse) the bill is nearly identical to what lawmakers introduced in 2019, which you can read about here H.3588 – Requiring students have one credit in computer science, math and English, and achieve a score of at least 22 …

Rate hike would let Dominion cut customers’ power over “implied” threats

In August, Dominion Energy proposed a rate increase of almost 8 percent through an application to the SC Public Service Commission (PSC). The PSC waited almost two months to schedule the hearing, and for almost three weeks later to notify the public. The notice itself was vague, with confusing language and missing important details. Dominion …

Dominion seeking nearly 8% rate hike, more control over customer property & power

In 2018, S.C. legislators cut a deal with Dominion Energy to buy SCANA (with approval from the Public Service Commission, or “PSC”) in which customers were promised a 15 percent cut in their utility rates. Now – two years later – Dominion is asking to raise its rates on customers by almost 8 percent. Dominion …

Leftover bills could pass as legislature returns for special session

South Carolina lawmakers return for a special session this week, primarily with the goal of passing a new state budget and allocating the remaining federal COVID-19 aid – along with considering legislation to address absentee voting for the upcoming election. But under the rules passed by lawmakers earlier this year (called the “sine die” resolution) …

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 …

SC State House Happenings

House, Senate pass competing resolutions to fund state government, COVID-19 emergency

Yesterday, the General Assembly met to pass a continuing resolution to ensure that state government will be funded through the end of the fiscal year in June and until they pass a full budget. Instead, the House and the Senate ended up passing two separate continuing resolutions, which are identical except for provisions regarding Santee …

Local governments’ emergency power grabs

Local governments all over the state are adopting emergency measures to combat the COVID-19 outbreak – but not all of them are making their emergency declarations and ordinances easily accessible.  State law allows local governments to pass emergency ordinances in one meeting without giving the public any notice or a chance to read them first, …