Details from Each Chamber
The House worked through the Calendar this week, focusing much of their time on committee reports and resolutions. The House met for a short session on Tuesday, giving second reading to a number of resolutions and non-controversial bills. The committees and subcommittees, per direction of the Speaker, met in the afternoon to address committee legislation.
On Wednesday, the House met briefly to clear the third reading calendar and to accept committee reports.
On Thursday, the House met to receive committee reports, address second reading bills and introduce multiple resolutions. The Speaker reiterated that they have one more week to hold committee and subcommittee meetings.
The House will reconvene Tuesday at noon.
The following bills of interest passed the House this week:
The Senate spent the majority of the week deliberating the budget. The Senate worked through the uncontested calendar Tuesday, carrying over numerous bills. Deliberations on the budget bill began, with subcommittee reports presented and a number of amendments taken up. Prior to adjournment, Senators took up H. 3893, Common Core, giving the bill a third reading.
Wednesday, after working through the uncontested calendar, the Senate returned to debating the budget bill. Debate continued for several hours on amendment 10, cutting funds for 2 universities because of academic book selections. Several motions to table the amendment failed, and Senator Hutto held the podium to voice his concern for potential damages to universities and to the State. Senator Leatherman moved to give second reading to the bill, with Senator Hutto retaining the floor, carrying over all amendment and points of order for third reading. The motion was adopted.
Thursday, Senators worked quickly through the uncontested calendar in order to take up the Appropriations bill. After lengthy debate, several motions were made to adjourn in the late afternoon, but failed. Senator Leatherman repeated that his goal was to finish the budget this week in order for the House to receive it by next Tuesday. Concerns were voiced that with USC's graduation and Vice President Biden's visit, it would be difficult for the Senate to be in session on Friday. The Senate worked on the budget until 7:30 when they adjourned.
The Senate will reconvene Tuesday at 10:00.
If you have any questions about amendments to the budget - please let us know.
The following bills of interest passed the Senate this week:
- H. 3893 Adoption of statewide education standards
- S. 1089 Sale of State property at Port Royal
- H. 3098 Rights of long-term care facility residents, notice of relocation and charges
- H. 3567 The Certificate of Need and Health Facility Licensure Act, to revise the definition of "Children and Adolescents in Need of Mental Health Treatment" in a residential treatment facility
- S. 1147 Protective proceedings in relation to the estate and affairs of certain persons including minors, persons with mental or physical illness or disability
Newly Introduced Legislation
S. 1283 L. Martin: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A PERSON TO USE, OFFER FOR USE, PURCHASE, OFFER TO PURCHASE, SELL, OFFER TO SELL, OR POSSESS POWDERED ALCOHOL - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.