Weekly Legislative Update. January 8 – 10, 2019.

The legislative session began this week, and lawmakers have filed another 100 bills – in addition to the 700+ bills prefiled in advance of session (click here for an overview of that legislation). These bills, as with the prefiled legislation, focus on new regulations, more spending, and growing government. A few highlights include H.3448, which […]

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Weekly Legislative Update. January 15 -17, 2019.

This week lawmakers filed an additional 84 bills, a number of which would increase the regulatory burden on citizens and businesses. H.3629 would outlaw the use of hand-held cell phones while driving, while S.379 would carve out a regulatory exemption for electric car manufacturers. Under current law, car manufacturers cannot currently sell directly to the […]

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Weekly Legislative Update. January 22 – 24, 2019

This week, one of the most noteworthy bills to be filed was H.3759, an 85-page bill overhauling the education system. This bill addresses education standards and required tests and contains a student “bill of rights”, to name just a few elements. Filed the same day without nearly as much fanfare, however, was H.3757 – a […]

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Weekly Legislative Update. January 29 – 31, 2019

This week, the massive House bill that would overhaul the state education system received its first subcommittee hearing. The meeting was largely to hear input from citizens and no official action was taken. The bill is scheduled to be heard again in subcommittee next Tuesday. Also, a related bill seeking to recreate last year’s data […]

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Weekly Legislative Update. February 5 – 7, 2019

This week, lawmakers filed 130 new bills, 80 of which were congratulatory/honorary/sympathy resolutions. 60 individual resolutions honored boy scouts, and some of the other resolutions honored a school wrestling team, a retiring firefighter, an author, and a school softball team. 17 bills would add or amend regulations on individuals and businesses. S.472 would create a […]

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Weekly Legislative Update. February 12 – 14, 2019

Lawmakers filed 82 new pieces of legislation this week, 31 of which were honorary/sympathy resolutions. One of the most notable bills in the “time waster” category is S.500, which allows the Governor to appoint an “ambassador of jazz” for South Carolina, and posthumously names a deceased individual as the inaugural ambassador. Of the remaining 50 […]

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Weekly Legislative Update. February 19 – 21, 2019

What lawmakers did: This week, the House Ways and Means Committee finalized their draft of the appropriations bill, adopting a state spending plan of $30 billion. Spending highlights include a 2% employee raise, a 4% teacher raise, $40 million for a new voting system, $15 million to relocate the USC School of Medicine, $1 million […]

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Weekly Legislative Update. February 26 – 28, 2019

What they did This week, a couple of significant bills passed out of committee and were added to the House floor calendar, one of which was H.3759, the education omnibus bill. This bill was revised in committee, but still includes the creation of a “Zero to Twenty Committee” to “monitor the state education and workforce […]

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Weekly Legislative Update. March 5 – 7, 2019

What they did This week, the House amended and passed the education omnibus bill (H.3759) after six hours of debate. The bill’s primary takeaways remain the same: the “Zero to Twenty committee” was renamed, but would still “monitor the state education and workforce pipeline to continually determine the education and training levels required by state […]

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Weekly Legislative Update. March 11- 14, 2019

What they did This week, the House passed a $30 billion budget – the largest in state history. Spending highlights include increased revenue to colleges and universities in exchange for a partial one-year in-state tuition freeze; funding for a 2% employee and judicial pay hike; increased revenue for classrooms and teacher salaries; a new economic […]

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