The Week In Columbia – Feb 6, 2018


From the South Carolina Policy Council

This week, debate may continue in the House on the three remaining energy bills, although two have been moved to the contested calendar (a delay tactic). The Senate has not yet scheduled committee hearings on the three energy bills already passed by the House (read our analysis here). The House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee will meet on Thursday to hear testimony from the electric cooperatives (stream it here).
Finally, the House and Senate will hold a joint session on Wednesday to elect judges to the Supreme Court, Circuit Courts, Family Courts, etc.

Who’s feeding your lawmakers this week?
Municipal Association of South Carolina
SC Progressive Network Education Fund
Coalition for Access to Healthcare
SC Association for Community Economic Development
City of Columbia and Columbia Museum of Art
SC American Water Works Association Water Utility

Tuesday – 2/6/18

House floor session

H.4377 – Tweaks the PSC
H.4376 – Santee Cooper “reform”
H.4380 – Ratepayer relief
Governor’s veto of a local Florence school district bill (3462)
H.3529 – Prohibits local governments from banning plastic bags
H.3565 – Removes automatic stay for a permitting decision if contested
H.3722 – Bond bill (SCPC analysis)
S.105 – Automatic stay on agency decisions in administrative law court
S.185 – Adds “internet” to regulations concerning licensure of embalmers and funeral directors, new regs for out of state funeral brokers
H.4654 – Applicant for certain insurance must provide fingerprints
H.4656 – Allows director of DOI to adopt additional requirements for reinsurance credits
H.4655 – SC insurance data security act
H.4795 – Special exemption from certain regulations for auction at annual Hilton Head Island Concours D’Elegance (recalled from committee)
House committee meetings

Local Option Sales Tax subcommittee
H.4272 – Extends one-percent sales tax for Lexington county school district
Administration and Regulations subcommittee
H.4643 – Direct primary care agreement is not a contract of insurance
House budget subcommittee (Public Education & Special Schools)
Judiciary Committee
H.4729 – Only three liquor licences allowed per individual
H.3830 – Individual may not lobby former state agency within one year of leaving job
H.3139 – Baseball complex may purchase permit to sell beer and wine
S.6 – Increased penalties for harming police dogs
H.4478 – Law enforcement may issue handicapped tickets in addition to regular tickets
K-12 Education subcommittee
H.4596 – “Competency-based schools” may apply for certain regulatory exemptions
H. 4386 – Metal detectors in public schools
H.4810 – School metal detector study committee
H.4514 – Schools must inspect for mildew every five years
Senate floor session

H.4397 – Requires Orangeburg school district’s budget to be submitted to county council during consolidation instead of legislative delegation
Remaining budget vetoes (five vetoed provisos carried over from last week) – SCPC analysis
H.3867 – Nonprofit property tax exemptions if it houses low-income residents (3rd reading)
S.841 – Animal cruelty omnibus bill (amended, passed 2nd reading)
S. 793 – Property Tax Procedure Act (amended, passed 2nd reading)
S.137 – Making superintendent of education appointed by governor (constitutional amendment)
S.160 – Reestablishes sentencing reform oversight committee
S.534 – Creating pilot district accountability models (standards for kids to meet Profile of the SC Graduate)
S.324 – Retired officials can carry concealed anywhere
H.3886 – Additional regulations for homeowners associations
S.148 – Additional fee for magistrate court civil filings
H.3885 – Additional regulations for health care practitioners
S.445 – Charter school regulations
H.3591 – First steps to school readiness
H.3055 – New study committee and pilot program regarding criminal justice
H.3234 – Strikes occupancy requirement for tenants primarily engaged in agriculture
H.3929 – DHEC permitting of agricultural facilities
S. 759 – Property tax exemption for persons with brain and spinal injuries
Senate committee meetings

Corrections and Penology subcommittee
S.804 – Bans cell phones in prisons
Finance Committee
S.866 – Repeals tax credits for geothermal machinery
S.916 – Expands tax credit for buying energy efficient homes
S.917 – Certain taxes for flooding and drainage repair
S.725 – Salaries of constitutional officers

Wednesday – 2/7/18

Judicial elections – joint legislative session at 12:00

House committee meetings

General Laws subcommittee
H.4705 – Religious counselors must report child abuse
H.4492 – Changes dosage limitations for certain prescribed controlled substances
Medical, Military, and Public and Municipal Affairs Committee
H.4603 – Limits opioid prescription to five days for certain conditions
H.4492 – Restructures DHEC supervisory positions
LCI Insurance subcommittee
H. 4675 – Additional regulations for captive insurance providers
H. 4657 – Increased penalties for insurance violations
Ways and Means Committee
H.4272 – Extends one percent sales tax for Lexington County
H.4077 – Exceptional needs tax credit
H.4727 – Conservation Bank reauthorization
Senate committee meetings

Resolutions and Observances subcommittee
S.559 – Official palmetto tree design of state
Banking and Insurance subcommittee
S.349 – Modifies workers compensation provisions
Education K-12 subcommittee
S.888 – School faculty members may receive pay for unused sick days
S.857 – Restructures Will Lou Gray Opportunity school board
S.41 – School lunch
Higher Education subcommittee
S.542 – State Institution of Higher Education Enterprise Act
Sales & Income Tax subcommittee
S. 889 – Capital Project Sales Tax Act
Property Tax subcommittee
S.911 – Property tax payment extension for deployed servicemen
Thursday – 2/8/18
House committee meetings

House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee (testimony from electric cooperatives) – live stream link
Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee
H.4410 – DHEC may issue penalties for persons operating unlicensed tattoo facility
H.4412 – Further regulations on tanning establishments
H.4426 – Additional penalties for unlicensed body piercing facility operations
LCI Committee
H.4643 – Primary care agreement is not a contract of insurance
H. 4675 – Additional regulations for captive insurance providers
H. 4657 – Increased penalties for insurance violations
Senate committee meetings

LCI Committee
S. 870 – Mechanical licensure applicants may provide surety bonds instead of financial statement
S. 877 – Caps the surety bond amount for appraisal management registration

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