Details from Each Chamber
The House moved through the Calendar this week, focusing much of their time debating H. 4223, the "South Carolina Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act". The bill, which bans abortion after 19 weeks, has received criticism from opponents who say it would open up the State to legal challenges, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
On Wednesday morning, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley told a special House panel that his world-class city will fall behind without a major research university. "Not having this most essential educational opportunity is a huge disservice to the future of South Carolina," said Riley. Bills to merge MUSC and the College of Charleston in the House and Senate are not expected to make it to the floor this session, but panels have begun to examine the issue.
A few bills of interest were passed in the House this week:
- S. 148 - Identity Theft Protection
- S. 657 - Magistrate Jury areas (amended)
- H. 4223 -South Carolina Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act
- H. 4922 - Veterans Employment
The Senate worked through much of the Uncontested Calendar Tuesday and Wednesday, before getting to H. 3101, the Affordable Care Act Nullification bill. After lengthy procedural debate, the bill failed to get a second reading. Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell, the Senate President, struck down the Senate bill that tried to fix problems with the House's version. Soon after, the Senate rejected the House measure by a vote of 33-9. Several Republican Senators voted against the House measure, despite their disdain for the Affordable Care Act, citing the inevitable federal lawsuit that would have followed. Senator Tom Davis, a Beaufort Republican who authored the new version, appealed McConnell's ruling. The Senate, however, voted 24-18 to side with the Lt. Governor.
Prior to taking up the nullification bill, Senator Lourie took the podium for a moment of personal interest, calling for the resignation of DSS Director Lillian Koller. He referenced the DSS hearings that have been held for the past few months, stating that the agency needs to be restructured.
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee gave a favorable report on two Statewide Appointments to the South Carolina State Ethics Commission: Thomas Miller Galardi and Francis E. Grimball
A few bills of interest were passed in the Senate this week:
- S. 1007- Mortgage Foreclosures
- S. 1065- Limited Licensing of Self-Storage Facilities to offer insurance
- S. 985- Fairness in Lodging
- H. 3231- DOT/Discriminate against Motorcycles (amended)
- H. 4347- South Carolina Children's Advocacy Medical Response System Act
Newly Introduced Legislation
H. 4950 Atwater: RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM THE DEFINITION OF EMPLOYMENT FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT PURPOSES - Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.
H. 4957 Loftis: RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING MOTOR FUEL USER FEES, SO AS TO INCLUDE LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF "ALTERNATIVE FUEL" - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.
S. 1135 Peeler: RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING MOTOR FUEL USER FEES, SO AS TO INCLUDE LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS WITHIN THE DEFINITION OF "ALTERNATIVE FUEL" - Referred to the Committee on Finance.
S. 1139 Thurmond: RELATING TO EARMARKS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION SURROUNDING EARMARKS REQUESTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SENATE FOR INCLUSION IN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL - referred to the Committee on Rules.
H. 4929 Allison: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO URGE ALL HOSPITALS IN THIS STATE TO OFFER TO INPATIENTS SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER, PRIOR TO DISCHARGE, IMMUNIZATION AGAINST THE INFLUENZA VIRUS - Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate.
H. 4932 Anderson: RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING RISK-BASED CAPITAL - Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.
S. 1128 Leatherman: RELATING TO PROHIBITED PRACTICES OF BEER PRODUCERS AND WHOLESALERS - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
H. 4943Hamilton: SO AS TO PROHIBIT A PUBLIC BODY FROM ACQUIRING A MORTGAGE USING THE POWER OF EMINENT DOMAIN. - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
H. 4947 Atwater: RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN REGARD TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.