Details from Each Chamber

HOUSE

The House began budget negotiations this week, eventually giving a third reading to the Appropriations Bill H. 4701 and the Capital Reserve Fund Bill H. 4702 on Wednesday morning.

Representatives spent considerable time debating amendments that penalized two universities for assigning controversial books to students.

Shortly after the bill received a third reading, Gov. Haley held a news conference praising the House's budget plan that includes over $65 million for her K-12 reform education priorities. "I ask the Senate to take note that the public is with us and the kids are with us," said Haley. The budget will now head to the Senate.

The House met briefly Thursday for a local session and will reconvene in regular Statewide session Tuesday, March 18th, at noon.

A few bills of interest were passed in the House this week:

  • S. 1031 Coastal Tidelands and Wetlands
  • H. 4701 State General Appropriations Bill
  • H. 4702 Capital Reserve Fund
  • H. 4886 Teen Dating Violence Prevention Act

SENATE   

The Senate spent most of the week debating H. 3101, a bill to nullify certain provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act. Also, several statewide appointments were received from the Governor and reported out of committee:

Jobs Economic Development Authority: Curtis Carter & Stephen H. Mudge
SC State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners: William Marshall Liger, III
SC State Ports Authority: David J. Posek
SC State Board of Medical Examiners: Daniel F. Sadd
SC State Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology: Kelly A. Long

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved all appointments for the State Ethics Commission.

A few bills of interest were passed in the Senate this week:

  • S. 839 Industrial Hemp
  • S. 850 Unlawful hunting or baiting of wild turkeys
  • S. 714 Nongame and endangered species - regulation of alligators
  • S. 999 Armed Forces Extension of Drivers License

Newly Introduced Legislation  

AUTOMOTIVE:

H. 4882 King: RELATING TO RECORDS AND IN DETERMINING CLASSIFICATIONS AND RATES OF APPLICANTS FOR AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE WHICH MUST BE MAINTAINED BY AUTOMOBILE INSURERS FOR AT LEAST THREE YEARS - Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

EDUCATION:

H. 4920 Bingham: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO TRANSFER ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF THE JOHN DE LA HOWE SCHOOL FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE SCHOOL TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014-2015 - Placed on calendar without reference.

EMPLOYMENT:

H. 4922 G. M. Smith: RELATING TO UNLAWFUL EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES AND EXCEPTIONS - Placed on calendar without reference.

H. 4925 Neal: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ALL EMPLOYERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA MUST, AT A MINIMUM, PAY EMPLOYEES A MINIMUM WAGE AT AN HOURLY RATE OF NINE DOLLARS AND SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS - Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 1099 Sheheen: RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE DEFINITION OF EMPLOYMENT FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT PURPOSES - Referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 1100 Bryant: RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS AND CLAIMS - Referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

GOVERNMENT:

H. 4919 Hodges: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION STATING THE DESIRE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO PLACE IN ABEYANCE THE PROVISIONS OF ACT 313 OF 2004 REQUIRING THE STATE PORTS AUTHORITY TO SELL THE MARINE TERMINAL OPERATIONS PROPERTY AT PORT ROYAL - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

S. 1095 Cleary: RELATING TO MILLAGE RATE INCREASE LIMITATIONS - Referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 1119 Grooms: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO MAKE APPLICATION BY THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA UNDER ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION FOR A CONVENTION OF THE STATES TO BE CALLED RESTRICTED TO PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO IMPOSE FISCAL RESTRAINTS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGH A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT. - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

 HEALTH CARE:

H. 4899 Burns: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT LICENSED SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AND AUDIOLOGISTS ONLY MAY PROVIDE SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY SERVICES OR AUDIOLOGY SERVICES BY MEANS OF TELEPRACTICE AS PROVIDED BY THE BOARD THROUGH REGULATION - Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

H. 4901 G. M. Smith: TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT TELEMEDICINE ACT" - Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

H. 4911 Bedingfield: RELATING TO THE SMALL EMPLOYER HEALTH INSURANCE AVAILABILITY ACT - Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

H. 4914 Henderson: SO AS TO AUTHORIZE CERTAIN SCHOOL PERSONNEL TO ADMINISTER MIDAZOLAM INTRANASALLY TO STUDENTS WITH A SEIZURE CONDITION - Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.

H. 4916 Long: SO AS TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC NOTICE REQUIREMENTS OF AN INSURER BEFORE IT MAY CONSIDER A LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE POLICY THAT IT HAS WRITTEN TO BE TERMINATED - Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 1113 Bright: RELATING TO PERMIT REQUIREMENTS FOR OUT OF STATE PHARMACIES - Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

INSURANCE:

H. 4915 Anderson: RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING CAPTIVE INSURANCE COMPANIES - Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.  

JUDICIAL:

H. 4884 Putnam: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IF PURSUANT TO FEDERAL LAW, REGULATION, OR POLICY, OBSERVERS FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ARE REQUIRED TO BE PRESENT IN RADIO OR TELEVISION STATION STUDIOS DURING CERTAIN BROADCASTS - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4886 Norrell: SO AS TO ENACT THE "TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT" - Recommitted to Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4888 Pitts: SO AS TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, PROHIBIT THE DISTRIBUTION OF SENSITIVE CRIME SCENE IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR THROUGH OTHER SIMILAR MEANS, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4913 Long: SO AS TO ENACT THE "TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT" - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4924Neal: RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY ACT ALSO KNOWN AS STAND YOUR GROUND. - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

S. 1120 Hayes: RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING DEFINITIONS - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 1121 Campbell: RELATING TO UNLAWFUL TRADE PRACTICES - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.