Details from Each Chamber

HOUSE  

The House worked through the Calendar this week, in preparation of an upcoming two-week furlough. The Speaker told members on Thursday to prepare for long hours in the Chamber next week. Committees will meet Tuesday afternoon, but the House will be in session for the majority of Wednesday and Thursday. When the House returns from the two week furlough on April 29th, they will work to get legislation passed to the Senate before the crossover deadline on May 1st.

On Wednesday, a Joint Assembly was held to elect Board members for several colleges/universities and state agencies.

The following bills of interest passed the House this week:  

  • S. 137 Ignition Interlock
  • S. 842 Veteran's Unclaimed Cremated Remains
  • H. 4371 Patent Infringements
  • H. 4803 Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Treatment Research Act
  • H. 4994 Critical Congenital Heart Defects Screening
  • H. 4995 Nursing Board Code of Ethics (D. No. 4447)  

The House will reconvene Tuesday at noon. 

SENATE   

The Senate worked through the Calendar this week, joining the House in a Joint Assembly on Wednesday to elect Board members for several colleges/universities and state agencies. On Tuesday, the Senate took action on a few bills and carried over the majority of the uncontested bills. Debate was held on S.516, the SC Read to Succeed Act.

Following the Joint Assembly Wednesday, the Senate worked through the Calendar carrying over numerous bills. Several bills were reported out of committee and placed on the Calendar. Debate continued on the Read to Succeed bill.

On Thursday, some frustrations were expressed in the Senate, with a number of critical issues left to address and a fast-approaching legislative deadline. Senator Hayes stated that he will not support any bills for special order status until Common Core is addressed. He feels that texting, transportation funding and other issues are important, but Common Core should be a priority. Senator Hutto remarked that transportation funding, Common Core, coastal permits, wave dissipation, and elections are all important issues. He urged members to work in teams to work through issues, rather than going through the special order process.

The following Statewide Appointments were made:

Donate Life South Carolina - Debra A. Yasenka John De La Howe School Board of Trustees - Thomas R. Love and Daniel B. Shonka South Carolina Board of Real Estate Appraisers - Christopher E. Barczarichk South Carolina Foster Care Review Board - Charles Frank Koches South Carolina State Housing Finance, and Development Authority - Charles E. Gardner

Bills of interests that were passed in the Senate include: 

  • H. 3919 - Exit exam requirement to graduate high school
  • S. 900 - Expungement of records
  • S. 1008 - Administrative law judges included in SC Retirement system 

The Senate will reconvene Tuesday at noon.

Newly Introduced Legislation 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/TAX:

S. 1200 Coleman: RELATING TO TAX CREDITS FOR MAKING QUALIFIED REHABILITATION EXPENDITURES FOR CERTIFIED HISTORIC STRUCTURES - Referred to the Committee on Finance.

H. 5035 Newton: RELATING TO THE CLASSES OF PROPERTY AND ASSESSMENT INTEREST APPLICABLE TO THESE CLASSES FOR PURPOSES OF THE IMPOSITION OF PROPERTY TAX - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H. 5036 Bedingfield: RELATING TO THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, SO AS TO ADD THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE COMMISSION OF FORESTRY. - Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

EDUCATION:

S. 1197 Alexander: RELATING TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE STATE BOARD FOR TECHNICAL AND COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION TO APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE CERTAIN POST-SECONDARY VOCATIONAL, TECHNICAL, AND OCCUPATIONAL DIPLOMA AND ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAMS - Referred to the Committee on Education.

ENERGY:

S. 1189 Gregory: SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR A SOUTH CAROLINA DISTRIBUTED ENERGY RESOURCE PROGRAM - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

ENVIRONMENTAL:

S. 1198 Medical Affairs Committee: RELATING TO WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PERMITS - Read the first time and ordered placed on the Calendar without reference.

H. 5052 Vick: RELATING TO PERMITS REQUIRED FOR COASTAL ZONE CRITICAL AREAS - Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.

HEALTH CARE:

H. 5026 Neal: SO AS TO ENACT THE "HEALTH ENTERPRISE ZONE ACT" - Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

JUDICIAL:

H. 5039 Anderson: RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF VULNERABLE ADULTS FROM ABUSE, NEGLECT, OR EXPLOITATION - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

REAL ESTATE:

H. 5028  R. L. Brown: RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF "ELIGIBLE COST" FOR PURPOSES OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE BANK - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.