Details from Each Chamber

HOUSE

The House met this week in lengthy sessions to try to clear the calendar in preparation for budget week beginning March 10.

On Wednesday, a number of bills received a favorable report out of House committees. These bills have been placed on the Calendar for Tuesday.

This week, a House panel moved ahead six bills that would change campaign rules. Representative Finlay (R), of Richland County, has sponsored several bills that call for a 30-day period for lawmakers to fix problems relating campaign finance. If passed, it would mean the House and Senate ethics committees would only deal with more serious cases instead of ones for minor violations. Much of the debate Thursday was for H. 4223, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The House will reconvene Tuesday at noon.

The House passed the following bills of interest this week:

  • H. 3796, Fees imposed by political subdivisions
  • H. 3925, Discharge of pollutants into the environment
  • H. 4596, Snapper-Grouper fishery
  • S. 757, Resolution to Recognize Wind Energy Capabilities (returned to Senate with concurrence)  

SENATE 

The Senate worked through their Calendar this week, continuing discussions of amendments to the Ethics Bill, H.3945. On Tuesday, the Senate received several statewide gubernatorial appointments, which were referred to their respective committees. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved S.416, a texting while driving ban. The bill will now head to the Senate floor. South Carolina is the only state in the South that does not have some sort of driving while texting ban.

On Wednesday, a Senate subcommittee approved a bill addressing concerns about the Common Core education standards. A bill, S.300, will go to the full Senate Education Committee for consideration.

On Thursday, the Senate worked quickly through the Calendar to allow continued debate on H. 3945, Ethics Reform. After discussing numerous amendments, Rule 15-A was invoked, closing the door for added amendments, and a third reading was given to the bill. Governor Haley and Senator Sheheen were quick to blast the bill for not having enough teeth. "The legislators need to understand that ethics reform is not about what's convenient to them. Ethics reform should be about what's transparent," said Haley.

The Senate will reconvene Tuesday at noon.

The Senate passed the following bills of interest this week: 

  •   H.3945, Ethics Reform
  •   H.3089, Income deductions for volunteer constables
  •   H.4576, Snow Days for Charter Schools and Approved Home Schools
  •   S.440, Restraints on juveniles in court
  •   S.748, Immunity from liability for free health care
  •   S.764, Vulnerable Adult Guardian ad litem Program
  •   S.812, SC Rural Infrastructure Board
  •   S.815, Nomination of candidates by primary to a convention
  •   S.840, State prescription monitoring 

Newly Introduced Legislation

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/TAX:

S. 809 Leatherman: RELATING TO THE CAPITAL PROJECTS SALES TAX - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

S. 825 Alexander: SO AS TO EXEMPT FROM AD VALOREM TAXATION ANY REAL PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN A MILITARY BASE OR INSTALLATION THAT IS USED OR OWNED BY THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H. 4772 Nanney: RELATING TO THE EXPUNGEMENT OF STATE TAX LIENS, SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT EXPUNGEMENT APPLIES ONLY TO LIENS FILED IN ERROR. - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H. 4778 J. E. Smith: SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA NEW MARKET JOBS ACT" TO PROVIDE A CREDIT AGAINST INSURANCE PREMIUM TAXES AND POSSIBLE OTHER STATES TAXES MADE IN CERTAIN INVESTMENTS BY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ENTITIES - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H. 4807 Edge: RELATING TO THE CORPORATE LICENSE TAX CREDIT ALLOWED FOR CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO PROVIDE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ELIGIBLE PROJECTS,  - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

EDUCATION:

S. 1047 Martin: RELATING TO THE STATEWIDE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM TO MEASURE STUDENT PERFORMANCE UNDER THE EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY ACT - Referred to the Committee on Education.

S. 1048 Hutto: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO NAME THE WEEK OF MARCH 2, 2014, THROUGH MARCH 8, 2014, AS "READERS-2-LEADERS LITERACY AWARENESS WEEK" IN SOUTH CAROLINA. - Referred to the Committee on Education.

ENVIRONMENTAL:

S. 757 Hembree: TO RECOGNIZE THE WIND ENERGY CAPABILITIES OF SOUTH CAROLINA AS PART OF A MULTI-SOURCE ENERGY STRATEGY - Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence.

H. 3925 Hardwick: RELATING TO PROHIBITING THE DISCHARGE OF POLLUTANTS INTO THE ENVIRONMENT AND REMEDIES FOR VIOLATIONS -  Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

H. 4596 Goldfinch: TO OPPOSE ANY ADDITIONAL LIVE BOTTOM MARINE PROTECTED AREAS OFF THE COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA - Referred to the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry.

HEALTH CARE:

S. 840 (Bryant: RELATING TO THE SUBMISSION OF CERTAIN INFORMATION BY DISPENSERS AS PART OF THE STATE PRESCRIPTION MONITORING PROGRAM - Referred to Committee on Judiciary

S. 1055 Nicholson: RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING LONG TERM HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATORS - Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 1056 Turner: RELATING TO THE LICENSE REQUIRED TO ENGAGE IN THE PRACTICE OF SPECIALIZING IN HEARING AIDS - Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

H. 4803 Horne: SO AS TO ENACT THE "MEDICAL CANNABIS THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT RESEARCH ACT" - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4808 Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee: RELATING TO VACCINATION, SCREENING AND IMMUNIZATION REGARDING CONTAGIOUS DISEASES - Placed on calendar without reference.

JUDICIAL:

S. 268 L. Martin: SO AS TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE FOR THE CERTIFICATION OF DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN RECORDS OF REGULARLY CONDUCTED ACTIVITY -Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4801 Mitchell: SO AS TO ENACT THE "REASONABLE PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY ACT"- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4806 Burns: RELATING TO THE JUDICIAL MERIT SELECTION COMMISSION - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4811 Huggins: TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT"  - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.