In the House, a number of bills of interest passed this week. In the Senate, a number Statewide Appointments were received from the Governor...
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The House worked through the Calendar on Tuesday, giving second reading to a number of bills, and positioning their Calendar for a long day Wednesday in order to meet the May 1st crossover deadline. On Wednesday, the House worked lengthy hours getting legislation across to the Senate.
On Thursday, the House dispensed with most of their Calendar, adjourning debate on three bills, and giving second and third reading to several bills. The House concurred with most of the Senate amendments on bills returned from the Upper Chamber and enrolled the bills for ratification. The Speaker announced that there would be abbreviated session schedules on Tuesday and Wednesday for the next two weeks. He directed the subcommittees to meet and to suspend any committee meetings during the remaining three weeks of Session, at which time they will attempt to address the committee reports and send the bills back to the Senate.
A number of bills of interest passed the House this week:
- H.4061 - Health EDU/Age-Appropriate Instruction in Sexual Abuse & Assault Awareness
- H.4399 - On-premises Alcohol Permits/No Objections by Schools & Churches
- H.4346 - Child Abuse Registry/Cases, Appeals, Hearings
- H.4518 - Lottery Net Proceeds
- H.4742 - Public Records/Prohibit Filing False Lien or other Public Records
- H.4791 - Electronic Data Privacy Protection Act
- H.4828 - Administrative Law Judges/Retirement
- H.4840 - High School Equivalency Diploma Accessibility Act
- S.1189 - Distribute Energy Resource Program Act
- S.1194 - Summer Reading Program Funding
The Senate worked steadily through the uncontested Calendar Tuesday, with the May 1st crossover deadline approaching. H.3198, an elections bill, was given third reading and returned to the House. In the Senate Finance Committee meeting, Senator Leatherman stated his intention of completing work on the budget this week. Staff will work throughout the weekend and information will be posted on the state website. The Senate will begin work on the budget next Tuesday, and will hopefully have it completed and returned to the House by the end of next week. He stated that his goal is to have a conference committee report adopted and the Governor's vetoes addressed prior to the last day of session.
On Wednesday, Senators worked through the uncontested Calendar, moving bills to the House. H.3412, a Transportation Funding bill was set for Special Order. The Senate spent time discussing, S.1145, a bill related to Common Core standards. Also on Wednesday, a Senate panel voted 4-1 to advance a bill banning and criminalizing abortions after 19 weeks. Legislators also inserted language to protect the use of contraceptives and the morning-after pill. The bill now heads to the full Senate Medical Affairs Committee.
A number of Statewide Appointments were received from the Governor Wednesday:
- Board of Directors of the SC Public Service Authority - Alfred L. Reid
- Board of Trustees for the Veterans' Trust Fund of SC - Valerie A. Brunson & Rufus Bernard Chapman
- Secretary of Transportation - Janet P. Oakley
- SC Commission on Disabilities and Special Needs - William O. Danielson
- SC Panel for Dietetics - Michael C. Greene & Judy H. Thomas
On Thursday, Senator Leatherman gave an update on the State budget, referring to it as the "Education Budget", with education as the top priority for the state. He announced that Monday will be a perfunctory session day and the budget bill will be placed on members' desks. The bill will be available on the state website on Sunday, if not earlier. He would like to return the bill to the House, complete the conference committee process and Governors' vetoes before last Thursday in June when the Senate adjourns. Numerous bills were received from the House and several bills were reported out of committees and placed on the Calendar.
Prior to adjournment, Senators convened in Executive session to take up Appointments. The following were confirmed as members of the Board of Directors of the SC Public Service Authority: Kristopher Clark, Merrell Floyd, Catherine Heigel, John Calhoun Land, IV, Danny Joe Ray and Jack F. Wolfe.
A number of bills of interest passed the Senate this week:
- H.3198 - Elections
- H.4259 - SC Military Service Integrity and Preservation Act
- S.890 - Permits for coastal zone critical areas
- S.909 - Captive Insurance Companies
- S.919 - False Claims, Representations for Purposes of qualification of medical claims
- S.1177 - Establishment, Operation and Maintenance of wildlife management areas
- S.1219 - School districts may negotiate salaries with teachers
Newly Introduced Legislation
H. 5196 Rivers: , SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA CHOICE SCHOLARSHIP ACT" - Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.
H. 5152 Sellers: SO AS TO ENACT THE "STUDENT EMPOWERMENT IN COLLEGE GOVERNANCE ACT" - Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.
S. 1252 Verdin: RELATING TO ARREST, PROCESS, SEARCHES AND SEIZURES - Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
S. 1270 L. Martin: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A PUBLIC UTILITY MAY USE EASEMENTS RELATED TO PUBLIC HIGHWAYS OR ROADS FOR PURPOSES RELATED TO THAT UTILITY IF GRANTED A PERMIT BY THE STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT. - Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
H. 5182 Hiott: RELATED TO PUBLIC HIGHWAYS OR ROADS FOR PURPOSES RELATED TO THAT UTILITY IF GRANTED A PERMIT BY THE STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.
H. 5153 Cole, Merrill and Clemmons: RELATING TO GENERAL PROVISIONS CONCERNING ALCOHOL AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.