Details from Each Chamber
The House worked through the Calendar this week, joining the Senate for a Joint Assembly on Wednesday to elect a number of judges. Tuesday, the House cleared some of their uncontested calendar before adjourning debate on several bills.
On Wednesday, the House worked before and after the Joint Assembly at noon. They adjourned debate on the budget, CRF and a number of other bills.
The House worked quickly through the Calendar Thursday, in preparation for the last week of regular session. Prior to adjourning, Chairman White gave a brief update on the budget, saying both versions were very similar and they were working to amend them to avoid a conference committee. The sticking points have been K-4, local governments funds, school buses, C-Funds and new funds.
The House will reconvene Tuesday at noon
A number of bills of interest passed the House this week:
- S. 812 Rural Infrastructure Authority
- S. 294 Local accommodation tax revenues
- S. 1033 Out of State businesses/Emergency or Disaster
- S. 495 Charitable organizations
- S. 437 Property tax (returned to Senate with amendments)
- S. 825 Ad Valorem Taxation (returned to Senate with amendments)
- S. 965 Property Tax Millage (returned to Senate with amendments)
- S. 985 Fairness in Lodging Act (returned to Senate with amendments)
- S. 1008 SC Retirement System (returned to Senate with amendments)
- H. 4520 Uncle Preston's Law (sent to Senate)
- H. 3075 State Grand Jury (sent to Senate)
- S. 1085 Transportation Infrastructure
The Senate worked swiftly through the Calendar this week giving numerous bills readings. On Tuesday, the Senate received several Statewide Appointments from the Governor. The Senate non-concurred with House amendments to H. 3945, Ethics Reform. The Transportation Committee reported favorably on the appointment of David Posek for the SC State Ports Authority.
Wednesday, the Senate met with the House in a Joint Assembly to elect a number of judges. Below are the results of the Joint Assembly and other confirmations:
- Court of Appeals, Seat 7: Honorable Stephanie P. McDonald
- Circuit Court, 10th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2: Honorable R. Scott Sprouse
- Circuit Court, 16th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2: Honorable Daniel Dewitt Hall
- Family Court, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1: Honorable William G. Seigler
- Board of Trustees for the Winthrop University, At Large, Seat 10: Honorable Glen A. McCall
- Public Service Commission, Second District, Seat 2: Honorable Elliot F. Elam, Jr.
- Public Service Commission, Fourth District: Honorable Elizabeth Fleming
- Public Service Commission, Sixth District, Seat 6: Honorable Nikiya Hall
- Legislative Audit Council: Honorable Phillip F. Laughridge, Honorable Jane P. Miller and Honorable Charles L.A. Terreni
- Consumer Affairs Commission: Honorable Donald H. Jackson
The Senate convened on Thursday and worked steadily on the Calendar and bills received from the House. A significant amount of time was spent discussing the need for changes in DSS and DSS leadership. Following procedural debate, S. 1356, a Senate resolution declaring the Senate has no confidence in Lillian Koller's leadership of DSS, and that during her tenure in office the Department has failed in its mission, was placed on the Calendar without reference. S. 5282, the Sine Die Resolution was adopted and returned to the House with concurrence.
The Senate will reconvene Tuesday June 3rd at noon.
A number of bills of interest passed the Senate this week:
- S. 718 Penalty for passing or overtaking a school bus
- H. 5014 Commercial drivers license (amended)
- H. 4603 DHEC approve erosion control devices (amended)
- H. 4550 Long term healthcare administrators (amended)
- S. 1251 Employee Pension plans
- H. 3102 Jaidon's Law - DSS Placement (amended)
- H. 4399 Allow alcohol permit in proximity of churches (amended)
- H. 4673 Limitation on liability of landowners with airstrips (amended)
- H. 4732 Party conventions and party primary elections
- H. 4997 Automobile Dealer License (amended)