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SC Public Policy Update - January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

What's New

Members of the South Carolina General Assembly returned to Columbia on Tuesday, January 10th, to begin the first year of the 122nd Legislative Session. The top priorities facing lawmakers entering the new session include infrastructure improvements, education funding, and reform of the State’s pension system. This also marks the first year lawmakers will face a shortened legislative session as a result of S. 267 (Act No. 199) which passed last year. This legislation requires that the regular annual session of the General Assembly adjourn for the year by the second Thursday in May (with certain exceptions) rather than the previous deadline of the first Thursday in June.

Notable Legislative Dates 2017:

January 10: Session Begins
February 2: House Deadline for Proviso Submittals
February 15: Final BEA Estimate Due
February 20-23: House Ways and Means Full Committee Budget Deliberations
March 13-16: House Floor Budget Debate
April 10: Crossover Deadline
May 11: Last Day of Session

SENATE

The Senate met briefly on Tuesday to introduce new bills and elect a new Chaplin of the Senate. Senator Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee) nominated Reverend Dr. Francis M. Burriss, who was subsequently elected by acclamation and administered the Oath of Office. The Senate also recalled and gave second reading to S. 42, a joint resolution by Senators Bryant (R-Anderson) and Mike Gambrell (R-Anderson), that exempts the school days missed by students attending Townville Elementary School in Anderson County from the make-up requirement as a result of the tragic shooting in September of 2016.

Another bill that was recalled and adopted was S. 108 by Senator Chip Campsen (R-Charleston). This legislation provides that the Senate and the House of Representatives will meet in a Joint Assembly on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at noon to vote on the election of a number of judges. On Friday, January 6, new State Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty was sworn in following the retirement of Chief Justice Costa Pleicones, leaving a vacant seat on the Court. The candidates for the vacant seat are Circuit Court Judge George C. “Buck” James, Circuit Court Judge Dianne Goodstein, and Circuit Court Judge R. Keith Kelly.  

Prior to adjournment on Tuesday, Senator Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence) informed the body that the Senate would not meet again in regular statewide session until Tuesday, January 24, at 2:00 p.m., to provide committees additional time to meet and move bills to the Senate floor.

HOUSE

The House of Representatives began the 2017 session with limited action on the floor. The House adopted S. 108 from the Senate and assigned newly introduced legislation to the appropriate committees. Members spent a large portion of the week in Ways and Means Subcommittee meetings as the FY 2017-2018 budget process begins.

The Legislative Oversight Committee gave an update regarding the House of Representatives’ Legislative Oversight Seven Year Review Cycle. Agencies that will reviewed in 2017 include (but are not limited to) the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the South Carolina Election Commission, the Human Affairs Commission, and the John de La Howe School.

The House Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee also announced the appointment of the following members that will serve as Subcommittee Chairmen for the 122nd Legislative Session:

Rep. Chip Huggins (R-Lexington): Business, Commerce, & Administrative Subcommittee;
Rep. Shannon Erickson (R-Beaufort): Education Subcommittee;
Rep. Bill Chumley (R-Spartanburg): Environmental & Natural Resources Subcommittee; and Rep. Car Anderson (D-Georgetown): Health Subcommittee.

The House will reconvene next Tuesday at noon.

PENSION REFORM

Members of the House and Senate serving on the Joint Committee on Pension Systems Review met this week to discuss the recommendations from Funston Advisory Services as well as several funding mechanics for the State Retirement System.  The recommendations by Funston Advisory Services are the result of two audits that were performed in 2014.  The Committee adopted the following recommendations from the Funston Report that will be further discussed and up for debate at the next meeting:

  1. Establish the Assumed Rate of Return at 7% over time and allow PEBA to control future changes to the rate beginning in 2021; 

  2. Define and clarify the rolls of the PEBA Executive Director;

  3. Increase the term lengths of the PEBA Board of Directors from two to five years and establish term limits of two consecutive five-year terms;

  4. Clarify the rolls of the Retirement System Investment Commission (RSIC) Executive Director;

  5. Revise the qualifications, membership, and term limits for the members of the Retirement System Investment Commission Members;

  6. Perform fiduciary audits of PEBA and RSIC on a revolving basis every four years; and

  7. Remove the State Treasurer as the custodian of the assets of the State Retirement System and assign PEBA as the new custodian.
     

In addition to the adoption of the recommendations from the Funston Report, the Committee also adopted several general recommendations involving the funding of the State Retirement System that will also be up for further discussion at the next meeting.  These recommendations include:  

  1. Decouple employer and employee contribution rates;

  2. Reduce the Assumed Rate of Return (ARR) from 7.5% to 7% over the next two to three years;

  3. Increase contribution rates for employers at a minimum of 1% over the coming years (resulting in approx. $100 million);

  4. Increase employee contribution rates and cap them at 9% for the South Carolina Retirement System and 9.75% for the Police Officer Retirement System;

  5. Modify the amortization period to reach a 20-year period in an affordable manner; and Clarify that the intent of the Committee is to not reduce the “Cost of Living Adjustments.”

Peggy Boykin, Executive Director of PEBA, also testified before the Committee to discuss various funding scenarios and priorities that could be addressed in the proposed legislation.  Following Director Boykin’s comments, the Committee adjourned subject to the Call of the Chair.

Governor's Office 

On Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley unveiled her FY 2017-2018 Executive Budget proposal that calls for nearly $7.8 billion in spending and $191 million in general fund revenue growth compared with last year. Included in her proposal are phased-in income and property tax cuts that would reduce revenue coming into the State by $89 million over the next fiscal year. According to a prepared statement issued by the Governor, her budget “fully funds the first year of 1% personal income and 2.5% corporate tax cuts that will spur growth across the state and lead to even more jobs for the people of South Carolina.” Other highlights from the Executive Budge include $22.2 million for infrastructure projects at the Jasper Port, $3.5 billion for K-12 and higher education, and $2.1 billion for health and social service agencies.

Governor Haley also gave her 2017 State of the State Address to members of the General Assembly on Wednesday night. Her address was in large part a farewell speech reviewing her six years in office. Governor Haley highlighted success in jobs stating “an economic revival has taken place in South Carolina including 85,613 new jobs and over $21 billion in capital investment.” She praised “Team South Carolina” and her Administration’s noteworthy success in economic development and also recognized accomplishments in education, ethics, and domestic violence reform during her tenure.

You may access the full text of the Governor’s State of State Address can be viewed here.

The U.S. Senate confirmation hearing on Governor Haley’s appointment as Ambassador to the United Nations is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, 2017.  

Top News Articles

State pension, tax reform given high priority for 2017 session
The state’s debt to the pension system is estimated at $20 billion by state consultants. Read more.

Lawmakers: Rural schools need money
Improving school funding will be a top priority during the upcoming legislative session, local lawmakers say. Read more.

Fixing S Carolina's roads again tops legislators' priorities
Fixing South Carolina's highways again tops legislators' priority list for the 2017 session that kicks off Tuesday, but roadblocks remain to any plan that increases gas taxes to fund construction. 

General Assembly to fight old battles, forge new ground
Road funding, education reform, pension problems and gun safety are all waiting for fixes. Read more.

Davis to introduce bill next week to expand medical marijuana
The state’s leading Republican proponent  for medical marijuana will start the new legislative session Tuesday by introducing a sweeping bill that would allow people to possess or consume the drug when authorized by a South Carolina doctor. Read more.

David Turnipseed, former state senator and lawyer, dies at 71
David English Turnipseed, of Moore, died Sunday after battling cancer. He was 71.
Read more.

SC lawmakers to face questions about indictments, governor
The 2017 legislative session begins under a cloud of uncertainty over who else may face corruption charges and how long Nikki Haley will remain South Carolina's governor.

Gov. Nikki Haley's office unveils $7.8 billion budget
Gov. Nikki Haley's final budget proposal of her elected office is a nearly $7.8 billion spending plan that calls for roughly $191 million more in state appropriations than last year. Read more.

Lawmakers propose capping SC workers’ retirement contributions
S.C. state worker’s pension contributions soon could be increased to 9 percent of their pay — and capped, for the foreseeable future. Read more.

Land protection bank must be saved, lawmakers say
Sens. Chip Campsen, R-Charleston, and Rep. Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, said they are introducing legislation to keep the S.C. Conservation Bank from closing in 2018. Read more.

Haley says ‘goodbye’ to SC after 6 years as Governor 
Nikki Haley reviewed her six years as South Carolina’s governor during her final State of the State address Wednesday, touting bringing jobs to the Palmetto State, rebranding the state’s image and spending more on schools. Read more.

Beatty calls becoming top S.C. judge “my improbable journey” 
New state Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty on Friday called his path from a lad who peeked into legal proceedings to the second African-American in the post since the mid-1800s “my improbable journey.” Read more.

Supreme Court to decide lieutenant governor issue
The court will hear arguments in that dispute Jan. 18 at 2:30 p.m., state Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, said Wednesday. Read more.

SC gets another reprieve in implementing federal REAL ID 
The Department of Homeland Security granted South Carolina another a 4 1/2 month extension for making changes to the state driver’s license required by the federal REAL ID Act of 2005. Read more.

Meetings and Events

Tuesday, January 17
5:30     S.C. House Republican Caucus Business Roundtable Reception
            USC Alumni Center, 900 Senate Street

Newly Introduced Legislation

Banking and Insurance

S.218 Massey: RELATING TO LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT GENERALLY - Referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S.219 Campsen: TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA CONSERVATION BANK REAUTHORIZATION ACT," - Referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.235 Massey: RELATING TO INSURANCE TRADE PRACTICES - Referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S.238 Massey: RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR THE RENEWAL OF POLICIES OF INSURANCE - Referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S.240 Massey: RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COVERAGE AND THE AMOUNT OF AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE PREMIUMS - Referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

S.254 Cromer: TO ENACT THE "OWN RISK AND SOLVENCY ASSESSMENT ACT" - Referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

 H.3410 Huggins: RELATING TO THE INSURANCE FRAUD DIVISION OF THE OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3419 Toole: SO AS TO PROHIBIT AN INSURER FROM REQUIRING A HOMEOWNER TO PURCHASE COVERAGE FOR AN AMOUNT EXCEEDING THE VALUE OF ALL LIENS AGAINST THE INSURED PROPERTY UNLESS THE HOMEOWNER AFFIRMATIVELY CONSENTS TO WAIVE RIGHTS GRANTED BY THIS SECTION. - Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

H.3421 Toole: RELATING TO PROHIBITED FACTORS FOR DETERMINING PREMIUM RATES, SO AS TO PROHIBIT AN INSURER FROM CONSIDERING THE INSURED'S CREDIT RATING OR METHOD OF PAYMENT FOR THE INSURED VEHICLE WHILE DETERMINING PREMIUM RATES. - Recommitted to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Economic Development and Tax

S.214 Kimpson: RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA SALES AND USE TAX ACT - Referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.233 Massey: RELATING TO RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUND GRANTS - Referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.241 Grooms: TO AUTHORIZE A DEDUCTION FROM STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA TAXABLE INCOME UP TO SPECIFIED AMOUNTS FOR TUITION PAID BY A PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN FOR THEIR CHILD OR WARD TO ATTEND AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL OR A PUBLIC SCHOOL OUTSIDE THE CHILD'S OR WARD'S SCHOOL DISTRICT OF RESIDENCE - Referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.250 Leatherman: RELATING TO THE APPLICATION OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO STATE INCOME TAX LAWS -Referred to the Committee on Finance.

H.3439 Henderson: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT COMMITTED AND UNCOMMITTED FUNDS FROM THE PRIOR YEAR MUST BE CARRIED OVER FOR THE SAME PURPOSE, AND TO REMOVE THE DISTINCTION OF REBATES SHOULD ONE FUND BE DEPLETED IN ANY FISCAL YEAR. - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3449 Spires: RELATING TO PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO ALLOW AN EXEMPTION FROM ALL PROPERTY TAX EQUAL TO ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE VALUE SUBJECT TO TAX OF AN OWNER-OCCUPIED RESIDENCE IF THE OWNER HAS ATTAINED THE AGE OF SIXTY-FIVE YEARS. - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3463 Martin, B. Newton: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IF PROPERTY WAS ASSESSED AS AGRICULTURAL PROPERTY OR AS FARM MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT IN 2016, THE PROPERTY MUST CONTINUE TO BE ASSESSED WITH THE SAME ASSESSMENT RATIO UNLESS A CHANGE OF USE OCCURS. - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3468 Hamilton: RELATING TO TAX CREDITS ALLOWABLE FOR A PORTION OF THE EXPENSES INCURRED BY A TAXPAYER IN THE REHABILITATION, RENOVATION, OR REDEVELOPMENT OF A TEXTILE MILL SITE - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

 H.3413 Clemmons: RELATING TO AN INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNT BEING EXEMPT FROM ATTACHMENT, LEVY, AND SALE - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

Education

S.213 Peeler: RELATING TO NONJUDICIAL SCREENING AND ELECTION - Referred to the Committee on Education.

S.221 Campsen: RELATING TO FREEDOM OF RELIGION FOR STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS - Referred to the Committee on Education.

S.222 Campsen: RELATING TO TEACHERS, TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA TEACHER PROTECTION ACT OF 2017," Referred to the Committee on Education.

S.224 Massey: THE TRANSPORTATION OBLIGATION THAT THE STATE ASSUMES FROM ONE AND ONE-HALF MILES TO ONE-HALF MILE. - Referred to the Committee on Education.

H.3414 Clary: SO AS TO REQUIRE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO PROVIDE A UNIVERSAL SCREENING TOOL FOR USE BEGINNING WITH THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR BY LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO SCREEN STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SECOND GRADE FOR CHARACTERISTICS OF DYSLEXIA - Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.

H.3415 Clary: RELATING TO REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN TEACHER CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AND FOR LITERACY ENDORSEMENTS IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA READ TO SUCCEED ACT - Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.

H.3427 Lucas: TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION INITIATIVE" - Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.

Environment and Natural Resources

H.3408 Huggins: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES MAY ISSUE A COMBINATION LICENSE OR A FISHING LICENSE TO A CONSTABLE, RESERVE POLICE OFFICER, VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER, OR MEMBER OF THE STATE GUARD AT NO COST - Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.

Healthcare

S.212 Davis: TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA COMPASSIONATE CARE ACT" - Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S.234 Massey: RELATING TO THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE DATA COLLECTED OR PREPARED BY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES - Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S.242 Grooms: RELATING TO THE LICENSING OF BIRTHING CENTERS - Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S.243 Rankin: RELATING TO EMERGENCY REFILLS OF PRESCRIPTIONS BY PHARMACISTS - Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S.248 Alexander: TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON WHOSE PROFESSION OR OCCUPATION IS REGULATED BY THIS TITLE IS EXEMPT FROM COMPLETING CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR HIS PROFESSION OR OCCUPATION UPON COMPLETION OF THIRTY YEARS OF LICENSURE, WHICH MAY INCLUDE LICENSURE FROM ANOTHER STATE. – Referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

 H.3420 Herbkersman: TO CREATE THE "SHINGLES VACCINATION STUDY COMMITTEE" - Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

H.3438 Henderson: RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN THE DRUG PRODUCT SELECTION ACT - Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

H.3440 Henderson: RELATING TO TEACHERS OF STUDENTS WITH CERTAIN VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS - Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

H.3443 Jefferson: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2018, AN ADULT SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER WHOSE INCOME IS AT OR BELOW ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-EIGHT PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL IS ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND AMENDMENTS TO THAT ACT. - Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3450 Spires: TO ENACT THE "ELECTROLOGY PRACTICE ACT" - Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

 Judiciary

S.211 Talley: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE THE "SOUTH CAROLINA FAMILY COURT STUDY COMMITTEE" - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.216 Kimpson: RELATING TO GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR ELECTRIC UTILITIES AND ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.217 Bryant: TO ESTABLISH THAT THE RIGHT TO LIFE FOR EACH BORN AND PREBORN HUMAN BEING VESTS AT FERTILIZATION - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.220 Shealy: RELATING TO INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED DURING AN INVESTIGATION OF CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.230 Massey: RELATING TO PROPERTY THAT MAY BE ORDERED TO BE APPLIED TOWARD THE SATISFACTION OF A JUDGMENT - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.232 Massey: RELATING TO RECKLESS VEHICULAR HOMICIDE - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.239 Massey: RELATING TO THE ADMISSIBILITY AS EVIDENCE OF NEGLIGENCE IN A CIVIL ACTION REGARDING THE USE OF SAFETY BELTS - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S.245 Hutto: RELATING TO DRUG OFFENSES - Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H.3406 G. M. Smith: RELATING TO THE MAINTENANCE TAX IMPOSED BY THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION ON SELF INSURERS - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3407 Huggins: TO PROVIDE THAT A SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENT WHO IS A CONSTABLE, RESERVE POLICE OFFICER, VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER, OR MEMBER OF THE STATE GUARD MAY ENTER ANY STATE PARK WITHOUT CHARGE. - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H 3411 G. R. Smith: RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL DISQUALIFICATIONS FOR VOTING BY REASON OF MENTAL INCOMPETENCE OR CONVICTION OF A SERIOUS CRIME - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3416 Neal: SO AS TO ENACT THE ENVIRONMENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS, TO GRANT STANDING TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE TO ENFORCE THEIR RIGHT TO CONSERVE AND PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3422 Huggins: RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS CONCERNING THE STATE GRAND JURY SYSTEM - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

Real Estate

H.3405 Ridgeway: RELATING TO THE PROCEDURE FOR THE ENACTMENT OF ZONING REGULATIONS OR MAPS - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3429 Clemmons: RELATING TO PROPERTY EXEMPT FROM BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS OR ATTACHMENT, LEVY, AND SALE, SO AS TO REVISE EXEMPTIONS IN BANKRUPTCY. - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3441 Gagnon: SO AS TO PROVIDE THE PAYMENTS OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION BY EMPLOYERS' REPRESENTATIVES MUST BE MADE BY CHECK OR DIRECT DEPOSIT. - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3442 Delleney: RELATING TO INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY ADOPT A CHILD - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3445 Bernstein: SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION OF A COUNTY TO ABOLISH A COUNTY RECREATION COMMISSION BY DELEGATION RESOLUTION AND DEVOLVE THE COMMISSION'S POWERS ONTO THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE COUNTY. - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3446 Bernstein: SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION OF A COUNTY TO REMOVE FOR CAUSE A DELEGATION APPOINTEE TO A BOARD, COMMISSION, OR COUNCIL, OR A MEMBER OF A BOARD - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3447 Bernstein: SO AS TO ALLOW THE LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION OF A COUNTY TO REMOVE THE GOVERNOR'S APPOINTMENT AUTHORITY OVER THE RECREATION COMMISSION AND DEVOLVE THE POWER ON THE COUNTY'S GOVERNING BODY. - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3448 Funderburk: SO AS TO ENTITLE CHAPTER 27 THE "SOUTH CAROLINA WHISTLEBLOWER AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PROTECTION ACT" - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3459 Bales: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A STATE STATUTE THAT REGULATES HIGHWAY TRAFFIC PREEMPTS A LOCAL ORDINANCE, RULE OR REGULATION THAT CONFLICTS WITH THE STATUTE - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3460 Cobb-Hunter: SO AS TO ESTABLISH PROCEDURES FOR CONDUCTING ELECTIONS BY MAIL. - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3461 Cobb-Hunter: SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION SHALL CREATE AND OPERATE A STATEWIDE SEXUAL ASSAULT KIT TRACKING SYSTEM. - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3465 Delleney: RELATING TO DEFINITIONAL TERMS USED IN THE CHILDREN'S CODE - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3466 Hamilton: RELATING TO THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING COUNCIL AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3467 Hamilton: RELATING TO QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

Transportation

S.210 Johnson: SO AS TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO IMPOSE A TOLL ALONG INTERSTATE HIGHWAY 95 WHERE IT CROSSES LAKE MARION IN EITHER ORANGEBURG COUNTY OR CLARENDON COUNTY, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXPENDITURE OF TOLL REVENUE. - Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S.231 Massey: RELATING TO DRIVER'S LICENSES - Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S.237 Massey: RELATING TO FREE VEHICULAR REGISTRATION FOR FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR - Referred to the Committee on Transportation.

H.3444 Bernstein: TO ENACT "CHARLIE'S LAW"; RELATING TO THE USE OF SAFETY DEVICES BY A VEHICLE WHICH IS TOWING ANOTHER VEHICLE - Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.


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