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The House of Representatives had a busy week, debating various bills. The House cleared the calendar in preparation for a two week furlough until after Easter. They will convene again at 10:00 on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

The Senate spent most of their week meeting for short periods of time in session; spending most of their time in committees.

On Wednesday, the Senate convened for an hour and a half in order for the Senate Finance Committee to continue work on S.523, the SC Collective Road Act.

On Thursday, the Senate worked through the Calendar and carried over numerous bills. Senator Leatherman (R-Florence) moved to set S.523 for Special Order, but the motion failed. Several Senators took the podium to express personal points of order on the issue.

The Senate will convene at noon on Tuesday, March 31st. The Senate will take several days off for Easter, beginning April 2nd and returning on April 14th.

Top News Articles

Labor board sets April 22 for union election at Boeing’s North Charleston campus 

The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday set April 22 as the date when more than 3,000 production workers at three of Boeing Co.’s plants in North Charleston will vote on whether they want to be represented by the International Association of Machinists union.Read more.

BMW celebrates 3 million vehicles produced in Greer 

BMW Manufacturing Co. and its workforce Tuesday celebrated the production of the company's 3 millionth vehicle in South Carolina. Read more.

Study finds S.C. faces shortfall of 114,000 workers with college degrees 

A new report has recommended solutions to curtail a projected shortfall of more than 114,000 S.C. workers with two- and four-year college degrees through 2030. Read more.

Charleston City Council opposes offshore drilling 

Charleston City Council Tuesday joined the growing list of communities to come out against drilling for oil and natural gas off the coast of South Carolina. Read more.

Lancaster is fastest-growing county in SC 

Two local counties rank in the top four fastest-growing counties in South Carolina, with Lancaster County leading the way. Read more.

House approves Uber bill, but company concerned about proposed regulations 

The ridesharing app Uber would be permanently allowed to operate across South Carolina under a bill that cleared the state House Thursday. Read more.

Bills with more money for roads on floor of House and Senate 

Different plans to get more money to South Carolina roads are now on the floor of the House and Senate, but there are still plenty of roadblocks. Read more.

Meetings and Events

Tuesday, April 14: 

5:30      Reception honoring Marlon E. Kimpson 
             First Citizens Cafe, 1210 Main Street

Newly Introduced Legislation

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/TAXATION: 

S. 594 Sheheen: RELATING TO THE JOB TAX CREDIT, SO AS TO ADD A REQUIREMENT THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE PROVIDE A REPORT OF THE NEW JOBS CREATED 

S. 626 Gregory: RELATING TO PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO EXEMPT EIGHTY PERCENT OF THE FAIR MARKET VALUE OF A RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE FOR A PERIOD OF TEN YEARS 

H. 3908 Lowe: RELATING TO TAX CREDITS FOR MAKING QUALIFIED REHABILITATION EXPENDITURES FOR CERTIFIED HISTORIC STRUCTURES 

H. 3920 Loftis: RELATING TO MUNICIPAL LICENSE FEES AND TAXES ON INSURANCE 

ENVIRONMENTAL:

H. 3899 Limehouse: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE BARNWELL SITE MUST NOT ACCEPT ANY ADDITIONAL LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE OTHER THAN WHAT WAS PROVIDED FOR IN THE ATLANTIC COMPACT AND TO ESTABLISH A WATER TESTING REQUIREMENT TO BE PERFORMED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL 

H. 3910 Duckworth: RELATING TO TIDELANDS AND WETLANDS

JUDICIAL: 

S. 585 Setzler: RELATING TO RETIREMENT IN THE RETIREMENT SYSTEM FOR JUDGES AND SOLICITORS