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Issue 7-19 - February 22, 2019 

Friday, February 22, 2019 12:41:00 PM Categories: Budget Tort Claims Act

State Budget and Capital Reserve Fund — H. 4000 & H. 4001

The House Ways and Means Committee approved the budget bill (H. 4000) and the Capital Reserve Fund bill (H. 4001), and they now go to the floor for debate. The Local Government Fund was funded at a base level of $222,619,411 with an additional $11,121,265, for a total of $233,740,67. This represents an increase of more than $2 million above what SCAC’s policy position would require. Please thank the members of the House Ways and Means Committee and ask your House members to support the Local Government Fund as approved in H. 4000.

Here are some provisos of interest in the budget bill:

Proviso 1.86 — School Resource Officers (SROs). This proviso allows the State Department of Education to use funds appropriated for the School Safety Program to hire school resource officers for school districts that are unable to.

Proviso 1a.ssp — Funding Criteria for SROs. In conjunction with Proviso 1.86, this proviso sets the criteria for determining which school districts are eligible to apply for funding from the Department of Education for school resource officers.

Proviso 27.1 — Aid to County Libraries. Under this proviso, library funding was increased from the per capita level of $1.75 to $2.00, with a minimum grant of $100,000 per county.  SCAC’s policy position supports funding at the per capita level of $2.25 with a minimum grant of $100,000 per county.

Proviso 33.22 — Rural Health Initiative. This proviso authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to use appropriated funds to incentivize the development of primary care access in rural and underserved areas by leveraging federal funds that are available. The Department will also use teaching hospitals, such as MUSC, to ensure rural physician coverage in counties with a demonstrated lack of adequate health care access.

Proviso 50.fri — Rural Infrastructure. This proviso authorizes the Department of Commerce to use the Rural School District and Economic Development Closing Fund for economic development, water and sewer infrastructure, and school building infrastructure. The economic development projects must create a minimum of 50 jobs located within the 28 school districts with the lowest Index of Taxpaying Ability (ITA). Proviso 112.1 adds $85 million to this fund.  

Proviso 100.21 — Natural Disaster Funding. This proviso authorizes the carry forward funds for Hurricane Irma recovery and the 2014 Ice Storm FEMA match to be used for Hurricane Florence cleanup expenses.

Proviso 118.nr — Hurricane Florence Funding. This proviso authorizes $22 million in nonrecurring funds for FEMA match for Hurricane Florence cleanup expenses.

Proviso 117.112 — State Pay Increase. This proviso provides a 2 percent pay raise for state employees, unless they work for a four-year or technical college and make $100,000 or more.

Proviso 117.142 — Opioid Treatment. This proviso authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to provide up to $500,000 to a county with a disproportionately high number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths for the development of a local continuum of substance and behavioral health service coordination within the target county.

Proviso 117.mmc — Magistrate Salary. This proviso decouples magistrate’s and master-in equity’s salary from the circuit judge’s salary.

Proviso 117.vsf — Voting Machines Funding. This proviso transfers the funds for the purchase of a new voting machine system and for refurbishment of the current voting system from the State Election Commission to the Department of Administration.

Proviso 118.TR — Income. In the event the winner of the October 24, 2018, Mega Millions contest redeems their ticket, the $61 million that comes to the state will be used to give a one-time income tax rebate in an amount of up to $50 per taxpayer.

Tort Claims Act Changes — S. 7 & S. 386

S. 7 raises the existing caps on damages found in the Tort Claims Act (TCA) from $300,000 to $1 million per individual, from $600,000 to $2 million per occurrence, and indexes both increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). If this bill were to pass, it would codify a 333 percent increase in the existing caps. The current fiscal impact statement on the bill predicts a $40 million increase in premiums charged by the Insurance Reserve Fund. The actual fiscal impact will be much higher when all entities not insured by the IRF are taken into account. County budgets that are already pushed to the limits will be further strained by such a change.

S. 386, a companion bill to S. 7, was taken up, amended, and passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S. 386 would allow multiple occurrences to arise out of a single event. This could lead to potential “stacking” of the caps when an injured party argues that multiple occurrences caused the event that caused their injury. If this passes, county liability will essentially be unlimited, be impossible to insure against, and will place an unlimited financial burden on your taxpayers. S. 386 also allows for third party claimants to bring a bad faith claim against an insurer. S. 386 further amends the exceptions section by removing one exception and creating new standards for other exceptions.

S. 386 further expands the caps formerly limited to only 1983 civil rights actions to all tort claim actions where there are more than one claimant from a single occurrence. It increases these caps paid from the State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) from $1 million to $2 million, subject to a maximum of $20 million in one fiscal year. All of these payments will be made from the State’s Catastrophic Fund, which this bill creates. The State’s Catastrophic Fund allows the SFAA to collect assessments from all of the government entities covered under the liability limits. The SFAA is allowed to promulgate regulations in this section to impose the assessments and if a governmental entity fails to pay the assessment, then the State Treasurer is authorized to deduct the assessment from state funds that would otherwise be owed to the local government. By July 1, 2020, the State’s Catastrophic Fund will collect enough assessments to fund the State’s Catastrophic Fund at $3 million. Thereafter, $1 million will be collected every year for the Fund. Beginning June 30, 2039, and every year thereafter, any unspent money over $20 million in the State’s Catastrophic Fund goes back to the governmental entities that funded the Fund through assessments. Starting in 2040, however, the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office will adjust the maximum amount of the Fund to inflation so that it will increase yearly. Entities covered by the TCA will have to pay assessments to meet this new total every year.

S. 7 is on the contested Senate Calendar and it is imperative that you contact your Senate delegation. Please let them know about the severe negative impact this bill would have on your county and ask that they help keep the bill on the contested calendar until a successful resolution can be reached.

S. 386 is on the contested Senate Calendar. Please ask your members to oppose S. 386 and to oppose any vote to set this bill for priority status. Unlike S. 7, SCAC staff sees no potential compromise on S. 386 so the bill must be defeated as its fiscal impact will far exceed that of S. 7.

Other Legislative Action this Week

Tobacco Preemption — H. 3274. H. 3274 prohibits political subdivisions from enacting any laws, ordinances, or rules pertaining to the ingredients, flavors, or licensing of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, tobacco products, or alternative nicotine products after January 1, 2019. Any ordinances adopted prior to January 1, 2019, are exempt from the preemption. SCAC has a policy position opposing this type of preemption. The bill is pending third reading on the contested House calendar. Please contact your House members and ask that they oppose H. 3274.

Administrative Jail Sanctions — H. 3322. This bill provides for comprehensive sentencing reform. Sections 7 and 8 of the bill would create an “administrative” jail sanction to be imposed on probationers and parolees who violate the terms of their supervised program. Instead of going before a judge for a revocation hearing when a violation of probation occurs, probation agents would have the discretion to impose these jail sanctions for a term of up to three days for the first violation and up to 10 days for a second violation. These sanctions would be served in county jails and on weekends, which are when county jails are at maximum capacity. This effectively shifts the financial burden from state prisons to the counties. The bill is silent on whether the counties will bear the costs of medical expenses incurred by these probationers and parolees. Presumably, county jails will have to maintain records and monitor these weekend jail visits. The fiscal impact on counties is estimated to be over $3 million; this figure does not include the costs of record keeping and healthcare for these weekend visits.

A House Judicial subcommittee took testimony this week and will do the same next week. Amendments are expected to be offered. The subcommittee members are Representatives Chris Murphy (chair), Justin Bamberg, Jay Jordan, Cezar McKnight, and Eddie Tallon. Please contact the subcommittee members to express your concern with the impact Sections 7 and 8 of the bill will have on our county jails.

Mental Health Transport — S. 303. This bill requires that anyone who is believed to have a mental illness and requires immediate care be transported to a treatment facility only by a state or local law enforcement officer that is part of a therapeutic transport unit and has undergone mental health and crisis intervention training. It also allows the treating physician of the patient to notify family or friends of the patient that they can transport the person as long as they sign a statement that they assume the responsibility and liability for the transport. The bill was amended to establish a Therapeutic Transport Fund within the Department of Mental Health (DMH). State and local law enforcement agencies may apply to DMH for funds to establish their own therapeutic transport unit and pay for intervention crisis training. A law enforcement agency is not required to establish a therapeutic transport unit until it receives full funding for the unit.  After amending the bill, a Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee carried the bill over for additional research.

Penalty for Failing to Register Motor Vehicles — H. 3916. This bill, an SCAC policy position, increases the penalty for failing to register a motor vehicle from $100 to $500. The current registration fee creates a disincentive to register because of a new $250 registration fee to register a vehicle when you move into the state. Increasing the penalty will remove that disincentive to register and help defray costs incurred by the county in enforcing this requirement. H. 3916 received a favorable report from the House Judiciary Committee. Please contact your House member and ask that they cosponsor the bill and support its passage.

Income Tax Liens — S. 160. This bill authorizes the Department of Revenue (DOR) to implement an internet accessible tax lien system to be used in lieu of the current filing requirements with the county clerk of court or register of deeds. SCAC’s policy position supports this legislation. S. 160 was amended in the Senate to make certain that the new tax lien filing system is internet based and available to the public. The amendment also requires counties to post a notice where liens are filed that provides instructions on how to access the DOR’s tax lien database. The bill received third reading in the Senate and was sent to the House.

Flat Recording Fees — H. 3243. Most documents recorded with the Register of Deeds (ROD) are subject to a fee schedule based on page count. This legislation would change the fee schedule to a flat fee based on the type of document. By eliminating page counting, this change will result in increased efficiency in ROD offices. A House Judicial subcommittee adopted an amendment reflecting a compromise reached with the timeshare industry; recording fees for timeshare deeds would be $10 as opposed to $25. The bill is not expected to create a negative fiscal impact on county government. H. 3243 received a favorable report, as amended, by the subcommittee and will be on the full Judiciary Committee’s next agenda.  

Telecommunications Devices in Jail — S. 156. This bill prohibits the introduction or possession of a telecommunication device, such as a cell phone, in a jail or prison facility unless authorized by the facility. This offense would be a misdemeanor with a mandatory sentence of no more than three years. The Senate Corrections and Penology Committee gave the bill a favorable report.

Sunday Alcohol Sales — H. 3082. This bill authorizes by referendum Sunday alcohol sales by liquor stores in the same 10 counties that have already authorized Sunday alcohol sales. Currently, liquor stores cannot sell alcohol on Sundays. The House Judiciary Committee adjourned debate on this bill.

Veterans’ Affairs Officers — H. 3438. Current law requires a county veterans’ affairs officer (VAO) to be a veteran but also provides an exception for a nonveteran candidate to fill this position if a nonveteran is more qualified than a veteran candidate. This bill, among other things, would remove the exception for qualified nonveteran candidates. The House 3M Committee amended the bill maintain the exception of allowing a nonveteran to fill this position and gave the bill a favorable report.

Coroner Continuing Education — H. 3726. This bill requires coroners and medical examiners to complete continuing education on identifying deaths caused by opiates. The House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee gave the bill a favorable report.

Golf Cart Rentals — H. 3952. This bill allows counties to adopt an ordinance to regulate a person or entity offering golf carts for rental or lease. The ordinance is limited to the use of safety devices and geographic area, distance, identification of the vehicles, and specific public roadways on which the carts may operate. A House Education and Public Works subcommittee amended the bill to include only golf carts rented or leased for less than nine months and gave the bill a favorable report. It will be on the next full committee’s agenda.

Utility Relocation — H. 3799. This bill provides circumstances under which a public entity undertaking a transportation improvement project must bear the costs related to relocating water and sewer lines. H. 3799 requires the entity undertaking the project to pay 100 percent of the costs of relocating any water and sewer lines that are within the right-of-way and owned by a public utility that has 10,000 or fewer taps or connections and serves a population of 30,000 or less. The entity undertaking the project must pay 100 percent of the costs, up to 4 percent of the total project costs, of relocating water and sewer lines within the right-of-way and owned by a public utility with more than 10,000 taps or connections or that serves a population of more than 30,000. The bill applies to all transportation improvement projects for which no more than 25 percent of preliminary engineering funds have been spent. A House Education and Public Works subcommittee adjourned debate on H. 3799 for the interested parties to work out a compromise regarding a potential sunset provision and potentially moving the 25 percent to 30 percent.

Statewide 911 System — H. 3586. This bill charges the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs office with creating, updating, and implementing a statewide 911 system. The system must be developed and updated with recommendations from a South Carolina 911 Advisory Committee. A House LCI subcommittee adopted an amendment proposed by SCAC to include adding a county administrator recommended by SCAC to the Advisory Committee and gave H. 3586 a favorable report. The bill will be on the next full committee’s agenda.

School District Consolidation — S. 203. This bill would require school districts within a county that do not meet certain benchmarks, such as accreditation and low risk assessment, to consolidate. A Senate Education subcommittee amended the bill so that after August 1, 2022, school districts in Tier IV counties with an average daily membership of less than 1,500 must consolidate, and gave the bill a favorable report.


Newly-Introduced Legislation

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Note: If you would like to offer comments to the SCAC staff, please call us toll-free at 1-800-922-6081, fax to (803) 252-0379, or send an email. You can also go to www.scstatehouse.gov and click on "Legislation," then "Introduced Legislation."

Senate Bills

S. 530 — Updates the “South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code.”

S. 534 — Provides for additional qualifications for sheriffs and candidates to serve as sheriff.

S. 545 — Repeals Section 12-39-70, relating to classifications for purposes of appraising and assessing personal property of businesses under the jurisdiction of the county auditor.

S. 547 — Provides that the service limitation does not apply to a retired member of the South Carolina Police Officers Retirement System under certain circumstances.

S. 549 — Enacts the “Workforce Opportunity Act.”

House Bills

H. 3999 — Enacts the “South Carolina Constitutional Carry Act.”

H. 4003 — Enacts the “Military Priority Registration Act.”

H. 4012 — Amends sections relating to the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, to include sections relating to elections for those districts.

H. 4044 — Requires the SEC to amend the voter registration application to allow registrants to disclose their political party.

H. 4046 — Eliminates the requirement that a county committee must publish certain notices regarding county conventions in a newspaper.

H. 4047 — Prohibits fusion candidacy.

H. 4051 — Requires a railroad company to provide at least 72 hours notice to a county before the company commences repairs on a public railroad crossing.

Ratifications

The following bills have been passed by both chambers and are now before the Governor for signature or veto:

(R. 5) H. 3630. Delays the real property tax penalty schedule by three months on property owned by individuals affected by the government shutdown.

Issue 6-19 - February 15, 2019 

Friday, February 15, 2019 12:18:00 PM Categories: Budget Institute of Government Mid-Year Conference Tort Claims Act

Tort Claims Act Changes — S. 7 & S. 386

S. 7 raises the existing caps on damages found in the Tort Claims Act (TCA) from $300,000 to $1 million per individual, from $600,000 to $2 million per occurrence, and indexes both increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). If this bill were to pass, it would codify a 333 percent increase in the existing caps. The current fiscal impact statement on the bill predicts a $40 million dollar increase in premiums charged by the Insurance Reserve Fund. The actual fiscal impact will be much higher when all entities not insured by the IRF are taken into account. County budgets that are already pushed to the limits will be further strained by such a change.

S. 386, a companion bill to S. 7, was taken up, amended, and passed by a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. S. 386 would allow multiple occurrences to arise out of a single event. This could lead to potential “stacking” of the caps when an injured party argues that multiple occurrences caused the event that caused their injury. If this passes, county liability will essentially be unlimited, be impossible to insure against, and will place an unlimited financial burden on your taxpayers. S. 386 also allows for third party claimants to bring a bad faith claim against an insurer. S. 386 further amends the exceptions section by removing one exception and creating new standards for other exceptions.

S. 386 further expands the caps formerly limited to only 1983 civil rights actions to all tort claim actions where there are more than one claimant from a single occurrence. It increases these caps paid from the State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) from $1 million to $2 million, subject to a maximum of $20 million in one fiscal year. All of these payments will be made from the State’s Catastrophic Fund, which this bill creates. The State’s Catastrophic Fund allows the SFAA to collect assessments from all of the government entities covered under the liability limits. The SFAA is allowed to promulgate regulations in this section to impose the assessments and if a governmental entity fails to pay the assessment, then the State Treasurer is authorized to deduct the assessment from state funds that would otherwise be owed to the local government. By July 1, 2020, the State’s Catastrophic Fund will collect enough assessments to fund the State’s Catastrophic Fund at $3 million. Thereafter, $1 million will be collected every year for the Fund. Beginning June 30, 2039, and every year thereafter, any unspent money over $20 million in the State’s Catastrophic Fund goes back to the governmental entities that funded the Fund through assessments. Starting in 2040, however, the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office will adjust the maximum amount of the Fund to inflation so that it will increase yearly. Entities covered by the TCA will have to pay assessments to meet this new total every year.

S. 7 is on the contested Senate Calendar and it is imperative that you contact your Senate delegation. Please let them know about the severe negative impact this bill would have on your county and ask that they help keep the bill on the contested calendar until a successful resolution can be reached.

S. 386 will be before the full Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. A copy of the Judiciary Committee Roster is available here. Please contact your Senator and ask that they oppose S. 386.

State Budget

The House begins work on the budget next week. Please ask your House members to support funding the Local Government Fund at a base level of $223.2 million, and increase that amount by at least the same percentage as this year’s General Fund growth.

We will continue to push to get the Senate to pass H. 3137, which encompasses SCAC’s policy regarding the Local Government Fund. Please contact your Senate member and ask that they support passing H. 3137.

Here are some provisos that are of interest:  

Proviso 34.8 EMS Funding. This existing proviso provides funding to counties for EMS that must be spent on upgrading and improving local EMS services. Counties are allowed to carryforward unspent funds for administrative and operational support and for temporary and contract employees to assist with duties related to improving and upgrading the EMS system. This proviso was amended by the House Ways & Means Committee to provide that 50 per cent of all carryforward funds be redirected to the EMS Association, a private entity, to promote and encourage education of emergency medical technicians and directors of emergency medical services; to collect, analyze, and distribute information about emergency medical services; to promote the improvement of patient care; to cooperate with other organizations; and to effect more efficient administration of emergency medical services in the State of South Carolina. This allocation to the EMS Association would come from the money that is currently allocated to counties.

Proviso 86.if CTC: Increased Funding. The requirement of § 13 of Act 40 of 2017 for increased funding to the County Transportation Committees shall come from the proceeds of the increase in the Motor Fuel User Fee, and shall be used exclusively for repairs, maintenance, and improvements to the state highway system.

Proviso 101.rcvs Voting Machines. Act 268 of 2018, the Capital Reserve Fund, appropriated $4 million to the State Election Commission to refurbish existing voting machines. This new proviso redirects that funding to the purchase of new voting machines, an SCAC policy position.

Proviso 108.1 Volunteer Firefighter Health Insurance. This existing proviso was amended to allow active volunteer firefighters who are eligible for the income tax deduction pursuant to Section 12-6-1140, and their dependents, to participate in the State Health and Dental Plans, upon paying the full premium costs.

Proviso 117.cdbg Disaster Recovery Funds. SCAC’s policy position concerning disaster recovery funds supports communication and collaboration between the state and impacted local governments on how best to spend these funds after a natural disaster. To facilitate this collaboration, the Disaster Recovery Office was moved from the Department of Commerce to the Department of Administration. This new proviso finalizes that move and transfers any remaining disaster recovery funds from the Department of Commerce to the Department of Administration.

Other Legislative Action this Week

Tobacco Preemption — H. 3274. H. 3274 prohibits political subdivisions from enacting any laws, ordinances, or rules pertaining to the ingredients, flavors, or licensing of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, tobacco products, or alternative nicotine products after January 1, 2019. Any ordinances adopted prior to January 1, 2019, are exempt from the preemption. SCAC has a policy position opposing this type of preemption. After much debate, the bill passed the House and has been sent to the Senate. Please contact your Senate members and ask that they oppose H. 3274.

Voter Registration Deadlines — H. 3031. H. 3031 reduces the timeframe in which the registration books are to be closed before an election from 30 days before the election to 20 days before the election. Registration applications must be received or postmarked no later than 25 days before an election. This is an SCAC policy position. If the postmark date is missing, the county board of registration must accept the application if it is received by mail no later than five days after the registration books are closed before an election. H. 3031 is pending third reading on the contested House calendar.

Mental Health Transport — S. 303. This bill requires that anyone who is believed to have a mental illness and requires immediate care be transported to a treatment facility only by a state or local law enforcement officer that is part of a therapeutic transport unit and has undergone mental health and crisis intervention training. It also allows the treating physician of the patient to notify family or friends of the patient that they can transport the person as long as they sign a statement that they assume the responsibility and liability for the transport. The bill was carried over to hear additional testimony. This bill as written would be another unfunded mandate on counties, requiring them to create a therapeutic transport unit if they do not currently have one, as well as paying for the necessary training for mental health and crisis intervention.

Penalty for Failing to Register Motor Vehicles — H. 3619. This bill, an SCAC policy position, increases the penalty for failing to register a motor vehicle from $100 to $500. The current registration fee creates a disincentive to register because of a new $250 registration fee to register a vehicle when you move into the state. Increasing the penalty will remove that disincentive to register and help defray costs incurred by the county in enforcing this requirement. H. 3619 received a favorable report from a House Judiciary subcommittee and will be before the full committee on Tuesday. Please contact your House member and ask that they cosponsor the bill and support its passage through the Judiciary Committee and the full House.

School District Consolidation — S. 203. This bill would require school districts within a county that do not meet certain benchmarks, such as accreditation and low risk assessment, to consolidate. A Senate Education subcommittee carried over the bill to gather additional information.

Veterans’ Affairs Officers — H. 3438. Current law requires a county veterans’ affairs officer (VAO) to be a veteran but also provides an exception for a nonveteran candidate to fill this position if a nonveteran is more qualified than a veteran candidate. This bill, among other things, would remove the exception for qualified nonveteran candidates. The S.C. Association of County Veterans’ Affairs Officers (SCACVAO) opposes removing this exception. Several counties have VAOs and staff who are fully qualified with years of experience in veterans’ benefits but who are not veterans and, therefore, could not serve in this position. This position is often difficult enough to fill as it is and SCACVAO is concerned this bill would make it harder to find qualified candidates. The House 3M Committee adjourned debate on H. 3438 to work on an amendment but will consider the bill again next week.

Property Tax Penalties Moratorium for Government Shutdown Employees — H. 3630. This resolution delays the penalty schedule for late payment of 2018 property taxes for federal employees and federal contractors that have not received a paycheck because of the federal government shutdown. The penalty schedule and the commencement of a tax execution are delayed for three months, however, the taxes are still due on January 15, 2019. The county treasurer has sole discretion to determine whether someone complies with the requirements of this legislation. The Senate adopted an amendment stating that the burden of proof of eligibility is on the taxpayer and gave the resolution a second reading. The House concurred with the Senate amendment and H. 3630 has been enrolled for ratification.

Coroner Continuing Education — H. 3726. This bill requires coroners and medical examiners to complete continuing education on identifying deaths caused by opiates. A House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs subcommittee gave the bill a favorable report, and the bill is on the next full committee agenda.

2019 SCAC Mid-Year Conference & Institute of Government – February 20 and 21

The SCAC Mid-Year Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia on Wednesday, February 20. The conference agenda is available on the SCAC website. The program will include a legislative panel and other timely topics. Following lunch, buses will provide transportation to the State House for visits with legislators. The legislative reception will be Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
 
In an effort to increase the legislators' participation in the Legislative Reception, it will be held at the Palmetto Club in downtown Columbia.
 
**DRESS CODE FOR THE LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: The Palmetto Club has a strict dress code policy for all guests. Gentlemen are expected to wear coat and tie, coat and turtleneck, coat and collared shirt, or sweater and collared shirt. Hats and caps are not allowed unless required for religious purposes. Ladies are expected to wear dresses, appropriate suits, slacks, or evening wear. Athletic wear, shorts, tattered jeans, or sport shoes are not allowed.
 

Institute of Government classes are being offered on Thursday, February 21, and include: Building an Effective County Team, Public Speaking, Economic Development, and the Property Taxation Process.

The Council Chairperson's Workshop will be offered free-of-charge on Thursday, February 21, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This workshop is open to all council chairmen and vice chairmen. Registration is required.

Now is the time to start lining up appointments to see your Senators and Representatives or arranging a joint meal, function, or meeting.


Newly-Introduced Legislation

View/Download Full Text for Newly-Introduced Legislation

Note: If you would like to offer comments to the SCAC staff, please call us toll-free at 1-800-922-6081, fax to (803) 252-0379, or send an email. You can also go to www.scstatehouse.gov and click on "Legislation," then "Introduced Legislation."

Senate Bills

S. 497 — Provides that if a county imposes a stormwater fee, the fee may not exceed 15 percent of the amount of ad valorem taxes levied on the property.

S. 499 — Provides that a person who unlawfully injures a health care professional during the course of his duties commits assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

S. 512 — Provides that a prisoner must be given two days of credit for every one day served in custody prior to trial and sentencing.

S. 521 — Provides that an employer may pay up to $2,500 for medical treatment for an employee injured on the job without reporting the injury under certain circumstances.

S. 522 — Allows and employer to pay all or a portion of required employee contributions to the SCRS during a fiscal year.

S. 525 — Repeals the abolition of the environmental impact fee as it relates to the Superb Financial Responsibility Fund.

House Bills

H. 3916 — Increases the fine for not registering a motor vehicle from $100 to $500.

H. 3940 — Extends college tuition waivers to the children of active duty service members who have served in wartime.

H. 3945 — Allows a municipality to adopt an ordinance allowing for the operation of golf carts during non-daylight hours.

H. 3951 — Provides for additional qualifications for sheriffs and candidates to serve as sheriff.

H. 3952 — Provides that a local governmental body may regulate an entity offering golf carts for rent or lease under certain circumstances.

H. 3967 — Outlines methods of restraint for inmates who are pregnant or in postpartum recuperation.

H. 3968 — Enacts the “Asset Forfeiture and Private Property Protection Act.”

H. 3984 — Allows an employer to pay all or a portion of required employee contributions to the SCRS during a fiscal year.

Issue 5-19 - February 8, 2019 

Friday, February 8, 2019 11:46:00 AM Categories: Budget Institute of Government LGF Mid-Year Conference Tort Claims Act

Tort Claims Act Changes — S. 7 & S. 386

S. 7 raises the existing caps on damages found in the Tort Claims Act from $300,000 to $1 million per individual, from $600,000 to $2 million per occurrence, and indexes both increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). If this bill were to pass, it would codify a 333 percent increase in the existing caps. The current fiscal impact statement on the bill predicts a $40 million dollar increase in premiums charged by the Insurance Reserve Fund. The actual fiscal impact will be much higher when all entities not insured by the IRF are taken into account. County budgets that are already pushed to the limits will be further strained by such a change.

S. 386, a companion bill to S. 7, was taken up for a second time by a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. The subcommittee presented and adopted 16 amendments that were not made available to interested parties and more than likely will negatively impact county government. SCAC’s understanding of the amended bill is that it will allow multiple occurrences to arise out of a single event. This could lead to potential “stacking” of the caps when an injured party argues that multiple occurrences caused the event that caused their injury. If this passes, county liability will essentially be unlimited, be impossible to insure against, and will place an unlimited financial burden on your taxpayers. S. 386 also allows for additional attorneys’ fees and third party claimants to bring a bad faith claim against an insurer.

S. 386 further expands the caps formerly limited to only 1983 civil rights actions to all tort claim actions. It increases these caps paid from the State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) from $1 million to $2 million, subject to a maximum of $4 million for one employee or governmental entity, and a maximum of $20 million in one fiscal year. All of these payments will be made from the State’s Catastrophic Fund, which this bill creates. The State’s Catastrophic Fund allows the SFAA to collect assessments from all of the government entities covered under the liability limits. By July 1, 2020, the State’s Catastrophic Fund will collect enough assessments to fund the State’s Catastrophic Fund at $3 million. Thereafter, $1 million will be collected every year for the Fund. Beginning June 30, 2039, and every year thereafter, any unspent money over $20 million in the State’s Catastrophic Fund goes to the General Fund. The subcommittee discussed and adopted amendments to this section to provide an enforcement mechanism to the SFAA to ensure the assessments are paid by county governments.

Because all of these amendments were hastily adopted and have not been provided to any of the stakeholders, SCAC is not certain the bill’s impact. SCAC expects to have the amendments next week and will hopefully be able to analyze their contents before the final subcommittee meeting.

S. 7 is on the contested Senate Calendar and it is imperative that you contact your Senate delegation. Please let them know about the severe negative impact this bill would have on your county and ask that they help keep the bill on the contested calendar until a successful resolution can be reached.

The Senate Judiciary subcommittee plans to meet for a final time on S. 386 on Wednesday to pass the bill out to the full Senate Judiciary Committee. Please contact your Senator and ask that they oppose S. 386.

Local Government Fund (LGF) and the State Budget

Local Government Fund — H. 3137. H. 3137 encompasses SCAC’s policy position regarding the LGF and was introduced in the Senate this week and referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

Please contact your Senate member and ask that they support passing H. 3137. Also, if your Senate member is on the Finance Committee, please ask that they support passing H. 3137 out of committee and increasing the LGF by at least the same percentage as this year’s General Fund growth!

SCAC’s policy position regarding the LGF is as follows:

“Support amending the Local Government Fund Formula to set the base funding level at $223.2 million with a yearly increase in the fund that corresponds with the growth in the State General Fund up to 5 percent. Also, standardize a list of state mandates that all counties are responsible for in order to quantify the need for the LGF.”

2019 SCAC Mid-Year Conference & Institute of Government – February 20 and 21

The SCAC Mid-Year Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia on Wednesday, February 20. Copies of the registration material and conference agenda are available on the SCAC website where you can also register online. The program will include a legislative panel and other timely topics. Following lunch, buses will provide transportation to the State House for visits with legislators. The legislative reception will be Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In an effort to increase the legislators’ participation in the Legislative Reception, it will be held at the Palmetto Club in downtown Columbia.

**DRESS CODE FOR THE LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: The Palmetto Club has a strict dress code policy for all guests. Gentlemen are expected to wear coat and tie, coat and turtleneck, coat and collared shirt, or sweater and collared shirt. Hats and caps are not allowed unless required for religious purposes. Ladies are expected to wear dresses, appropriate suits, slacks, or evening wear. Athletic wear, shorts, tattered jeans, or sport shoes are not allowed.

Now is the time to start lining up appointments to see your Senators and Representatives or arranging a joint meal, function, or meeting.

Institute of Government classes are being offered on Thursday, February 21, and include: Building an Effective County Team, Public Speaking, Economic Development, and the Property Taxation Process.

The Council Chairperson's Workshop will be offered free-of-charge on Thursday, February 21, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This workshop is open to all council chairmen and vice chairmen and registration is required. You may register for the Institute classes and the Council Chairperson's Workshop on the SCAC website.

Other Legislative Action this Week

Tobacco Preemption — H. 3274. H. 3274 prohibits political subdivisions from enacting any laws, ordinances, or rules pertaining to the ingredients, flavors, or licensing of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, tobacco products, or alternative nicotine products after January 1, 2019. Any ordinances adopted prior to January 1, 2019, are exempt from the preemption. SCAC has a policy position opposing this type of preemption. The bill is pending second reading on the contested House calendar. Please contact your House members and ask that they oppose H. 3274.

Coal Ash — H. 3483. This bill makes Act 138 of 2016, which requires coal ash to be disposed of in Class 3 landfills until March 2, 2021, permanent law. The House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee gave the bill a favorable report. H. 3483 passed out of the House and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Electronic Liens — H. 3411 & S. 160. Both bills authorize the Department of Revenue to implement an internet accessible tax lien notice system to be used in lieu of the filing requirements with the county clerk or register of deeds. SCAC policy position supports this legislation. H. 3411 is pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee and S. 160 is pending second reading on the Senate Calendar.

Poll Worker Residency — H. 3035. This bill would allow a poll worker to serve anywhere in the state as long as they are a resident of the state and registered to vote in the state. This is a past SCAC policy position. H. 3035 passed out of the House and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Veterans’ Affairs Officers — H. 3438. Current law provides that a county veterans’ affairs officer (VAO) must be a veteran but also allows an exception for a nonveteran candidate to fill this position if a nonveteran is more qualified than a veteran candidate. This bill, among other things, would remove the exception for qualified nonveterans. The S.C. Association of County Veterans’ Affairs Officers (SCACVAO) opposes the provision of this bill that removes this exception. Several counties have VAOs and staff who are fully qualified with years of experience in veterans’ benefits but who are not veterans and, therefore, could not serve in this position. This position is often difficult enough to fill as it is and SCACVAO is concerned this bill would make it harder to find qualified candidates. A House 3M subcommittee gave H. 3438 a favorable report after adopting minor amendments.

Property Tax Penalties Moratorium for Government Shutdown Employees — H. 3630. This resolution delays the penalty schedule for late payment of 2018 property taxes for federal employees and federal contractors that have not received a paycheck because of the federal government shutdown. The penalty schedule and the commencement of a tax execution are delayed for three months, however, the taxes are still due on January 15, 2019. The county treasurer has sole discretion to determine whether someone complies with the requirements of this legislation. The Senate adopted an amendment stating that the burden of proof of eligibility is on the taxpayer and gave the resolution a second reading. H. 3630 is pending third reading on the Senate calendar.


Newly-Introduced Legislation

View/Download Full Text for Newly-Introduced Legislation

Note: If you would like to offer comments to the SCAC staff, please call us toll-free at 1-800-922-6081, fax to (803) 252-0379, or send an email. You can also go to www.scstatehouse.gov and click on "Legislation," then "Introduced Legislation."

Senate Bills

S. 471 — Enacts the “Youth Sentencing Act of 2019.”  

S. 480 — Provides that an agency authorized to conduct fingerprint background checks may conduct a federal fingerprint review.

S. 486 — Enacts the “South Carolina Remote Online Notarization Act.”

S. 487 — Enacts the “South Carolina Electronic Notary Public Act.”

S. 488 — Enacts the “’South Carolina Inclusionary Zoning Act.”

S. 492 — Prohibits counties from enacting any laws, ordinances, or rules pertaining to ingredients, flavors, or licensing of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, tobacco products, or alternative nicotine products.

House Bills

H. 3843 — Enacts the “Magistrates’ Education and Improvement Act.”

H. 3848 — Provides that certain disabled veterans of the Armed Forces are exempt from property taxes in the year in which the disability occurs.

H. 3849 — Provides for a grace period on the enforcement of the stamp tax on cigarettes.

H. 3910 — Adds qualification requirements for a notarial commission and provides that a notary is commissioned in the county of his employment or business if he is not a resident of South Carolina.

H. 3917 — Enacts the “South Carolina Electronic Notary Public Act.”

H. 3919 — Enacts the “Youth Sentencing Act of 2019.”

H. 3932 — Amends this State’s Constitution to restrict the sale, purchase, and possession of tobacco products, cigarettes, and alternative nicotine products by persons until they are 21 years old.

H. 3933 — Provides that a candidate for a local elective office that is elected from a specific district must be a legal resident of the district at the time he files for the office.

H. 3934 — Provides a committee created by a county legislative delegation has subpoena power if the majority votes in favor of granting that power.

Issue 4-19 - February 1, 2019 

Friday, February 1, 2019 11:40:00 AM Categories: Budget Institute of Government LGF Mid-Year Conference Tort Claims Act

It was a very productive week in the General Assembly as both the Senate and House advanced several bills on their calendars. Action was taken on several bills that reflect SCAC policy positions, which will be discussed below.

Local Government Fund (LGF) and the State Budget

Local Government Fund — H. 3137. H. 3137 encompasses SCAC’s policy position regarding the LGF. The bill received several additional sponsors this week (Reps. Murphy, Chellis, Kimmons, Rose, Wheeler, Gilliard, Young, Clemmons, Cogswell, B. Newton, Anderson, Jefferson, Bales, Blackwell, McDaniel, Moore, R. Williams, and Henderson-Myers). The bill was amended to reflect the distribution percentage that is currently in the LGF formula and to become effective for fiscal year 2019-2020. The bill received third reading with no opposition on the House floor and has been sent to the Senate. Please thank your House members for voting in favor of H. 3137. A special thanks goes to Reps. Murrell Smith and Gilda Cobb-Hunter, who spoke on the House floor in favor of the bill.

Your calls made a difference with House members. Please contact your Senate member and ask that they support passing H. 3137. Also, if your Senate member is on the Finance Committee, please ask that they support passing H. 3137 out of committee and increasing the LGF by at least the same percentage as this year’s General Fund growth! A roster of the Senate Finance Committee is attached.

SCAC’s policy position regarding the LGF is as follows:

“Support amending the Local Government Fund Formula to set the base funding level at $223.2 million with a yearly increase in the fund that corresponds with the growth in the State General Fund up to 5 percent. Also, standardize a list of state mandates that all counties are responsible for in order to quantify the need for the LGF.”

Tort Claims Act Damages Increase S. 7 & S. 386

S. 7 raises the existing caps on damages found in the Tort Claims Act by increasing the caps from $300,000 to $1 million per individual, from $600,000 to $2 million per occurrence, and indexes both increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). SCAC has previously testified against the proposed increases, expressed concerns about indexing the increased caps to CPI, and discussed the cost of insuring against potential losses under the increased caps. The committee amended the bill to have it apply prospectively and made a technical change relating to the CPI. If this bill were to pass, it would codify a 333 percent increase in the existing caps. The current fiscal impact statement on the bill predicts a $40 million dollar increase in premiums charged by the Insurance Reserve Fund. The actual fiscal impact will be much higher when all entities not insured by the IRF are taken into account. County budgets that are already pushed to the limits will be further strained by such a change.

S. 386, a companion bill to S. 7, was amended by a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. Among other things, it expands the caps formerly limited to only 1983 civil rights actions to all tort claim actions. It increases these caps paid from the State Fiscal Accountability Authority from $1 million to $2 million, subject to a maximum of $4 million for one employee or governmental entity, and a maximum of $20 million in one fiscal year. All of these payments will be made from the State’s Catastrophic Fund which will be discussed below. It expands the definition of occurrence so that you could have multiple causes of action from what has been previously considered a single act of negligence, allows for additional  attorneys’ fees, and allows a third party claimant to bring a bad faith claim against an insurer. It also creates the State’s Catastrophic Fund, allowing the State Fiscal Authority to collect assessments from all of the government entities covered under the liability limits. By July 1, 2020, the State’s Catastrophic Fund will collect enough assessments to fund the Catastrophic Fund at $3 million. Thereafter, $1 million will be collected every year for the Fund. Beginning June 30, 2039, and every year thereafter, any unspent money over $20 million in the State’s Catastrophic Fund goes to the General Fund. Because this amendment to S. 386 was just introduced, we do not know how much this will increase premiums. However, it is likely the increase will be higher than the increases if S. 7 becomes law.

S. 7 is on the contested Senate Calendar and it is imperative that you contact your Senate delegation. Please let them know about the severe negative impact this bill would have on your county and ask that they help keep the bill on the contested calendar until a successful resolution can be reached. The Senate Judiciary subcommittee plans to take additional testimony on S. 386 next week and is giving stakeholders until next Tuesday to submit comments and amendments. The stakeholders that spoke in opposition to S. 386, including SCAC, will meet later today to discuss this bill.

Tobacco Preemption H. 3274.

H. 3274 prohibits political subdivisions from enacting any laws, ordinances, or rules pertaining to the ingredients, flavors, or licensing of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, tobacco products, or alternative nicotine products after January 1, 2019. Any ordinances adopted prior to January 1, 2019, are exempt from the preemption. SCAC has a policy position opposing this type of preemption. The bill is pending second reading on the House calendar. Please contact your House members and ask that they oppose H. 3274.

Other Legislative Action this Week

Administrative Jail Sanctions — H. 3322. This bill provides for comprehensive sentencing reform. Sections 7 and 8 of the bill would create an “administrative” jail sanction to be imposed on probationers and parolees who violate the terms of their supervised program. Instead of going before a judge for a revocation hearing when a violation of probation occurs, probation agents would have the discretion to impose these jail sanctions for a term of up to three days for the first violation and up to 10 days for a second violation. These sanctions would be served in county jails and on weekends which are when county jails are at maximum capacity. This effectively shifts the financial burden from state prisons to the counties. The bill is silent on whether the counties will bear the costs of medical expenses incurred by these probationers and parolees. Presumably, county jails will have to maintain records and monitor these weekend jail visits. SCAC is working to determine the fiscal impact this will have on counties.

The bill was carried over for further study by a House Judicial subcommittee. The committee members are Representatives Chris Murphy (chair), Justin Bamberg, Jay Jordan, Cezar McKnight, and Eddie Tallon. Please contact the subcommittee members to express your concern over the impact this will have on our county jails.

Internet Sales — S. 214. This bill clarifies what the requirements are for marketplace facilitators as it relates to tax collection to make it easier for DOR to enforce South Carolina’s sales tax policy and capture internet sales tax from third parties.  The bill was amended on the floor to send some of the revenue to teacher pay increases. S. 214 is pending third reading on the contested Senate Calendar.

Birth Certificates — S. 21. This bill amends the procedures for changing a birth certificate once a court determination is made to establish who the legal father of a child is. The clerk of court is to report the court order determining the legal father to the Registrar of the Division of Vital Statistics so that the Registrar can modify the birth certificate. S. 21 passed the Senate and is pending in the House Judiciary Committee.

Marriage Licenses — S. 196 & H. 3369. Both bills repeal the “pregnancy exception” statute that allows probate judges to issue marriage licenses to pregnant minors or minors who have given birth. By repealing this code section, only minors of the age of 16 can marry so long as parental consent is given. S. 196 passed the Senate and is pending in the House Judiciary Committee. H. 3369 received third reading in the House and has been sent to the Senate.

Voter Registration Deadlines — H. 3031. H. 3031 reduces the timeframe to be registered prior to an election from 30 days before the election to 20 days before the election. The House Judiciary amended the bill to change the timeframe to 24 days before an election. SCAC incorrectly reported that the bill had been amended to change the timeframe to 25 days before an election. SCAC’s policy position is to change the timeframe from 30 days to 25 days. H. 3031 is pending second reading on the House calendar.

Poll Worker Residency — H. 3035. This bill would allow a poll worker to serve anywhere in the state as long as they are a resident of the state and registered to vote in the state. This is a past SCAC policy position. H. 3035 is pending second reading on the House calendar.

Mold Remediation — H. 3127. H. 3127 creates a study committee to look at the impact of mold in public buildings and to make recommendations about how to abate mold. The committee is required to report their findings to the General Assembly by December 31, 2019. The House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee made some technical changes to the bill and gave it a favorable report.

Coal Ash — H. 3483. This bill makes Act 138 of 2016, which requires coal ash to be disposed of in Class 3 landfills until March 2, 2021, permanent law. The House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee gave the bill a favorable report. H. 3483 is pending second reading on the House calendar.

Electronic Liens — H. 3411 & S. 160. Both bills authorize the Department of Revenue to implement an internet accessible tax lien notice system to be used in lieu of the filing requirements with the county clerk or register of deeds. SCAC policy position supports this legislation. H. 3411 passed the House and has been sent to the Senate. S. 160 received a favorable report from a Senate Finance subcommittee.

Lobbying and Lobbyist — H. 3622. This bill would expand the definitions of lobbying and lobbyist to include any person who is employed, appointed, or retained to influence any public official or public member of a county or municipality. As a result, this bill would require any person lobbying at the county level to register. A House Judiciary subcommittee met Thursday to hear concerns. The subcommittee carried the bill over.

Animal Shelters — S. 105. This bill, among other things, would require animal control officers to inspect animal shelters to ensure compliance with certain state standards established by the bill. The bill, as introduced, would allow county animal facilities to adopt these standards. The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee adopted an amendment to provide that the county itself, and not the county facility, may choose to adopt these state standards. This ensures that county shelters will not be required to be regulated by a state agency, an SCAC policy position. The bill is pending second reading on the Senate calendar.

2019 SCAC Mid-Year Conference & Institute of Government – February 20 and 21

The SCAC Mid-Year Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia on Wednesday, February 20. Copies of the registration material and conference agenda are available on the SCAC website where you can also register online. The program will include a legislative panel and other timely topics. Following lunch, buses will provide transportation to the State House for visits with legislators. The legislative reception will be Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In an effort to increase the legislators’ participation in the Legislative Reception, it will be held at the Palmetto Club in downtown Columbia.

**DRESS CODE FOR THE LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: The Palmetto Club has a strict dress code policy for all guests. Gentlemen are expected to wear coat and tie, coat and turtleneck, coat and collared shirt, or sweater and collared shirt. Hats and caps are not allowed unless required for religious purposes. Ladies are expected to wear dresses, appropriate suits, slacks, or evening wear. Athletic wear, shorts, tattered jeans, or sport shoes are not allowed.

Now is the time to start lining up appointments to see your Senators and Representatives or arranging a joint meal, function, or meeting.

Institute of Government classes are being offered on Thursday, February 21, and include: Building an Effective County Team, Public Speaking, Economic Development, and the Property Taxation Process.

The Council Chairperson's Workshop will be offered free-of-charge on Thursday, February 21, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. This workshop is open to all council chairmen and vice chairmen and registration is required. You may register for the Institute classes and the Council Chairperson's Workshop on the SCAC website.


Newly-Introduced Legislation

View/Download Full Text for Newly-Introduced Legislation

Note: If you would like to offer comments to the SCAC staff, please call us toll-free at 1-800-922-6081, fax to (803) 252-0379, or send an email. You can also go to www.scstatehouse.gov and click on "Legislation," then "Introduced Legislation."

Senate Bills

S. 440 — Provides that a certain cap on rehabilitation expenses only applies to certain rehabilitated buildings on contiguous parcels within the “South Carolina Textiles Communities Revitalization Act.”

S. 443 — Places a $15 fee on civil filings in magistrates court and provides for how the collected fees will be remitted to counties.

S. 447 — Enacts the “South Carolina Electronic Notary Public Act.”

S. 449 — Allows the capital project sales tax to be used for certain infrastructure for economic development projects.

S. 452 — Provides that certain disabled veterans are exempt from property taxes in the year in which the disability occurs.

S. 453 — Repeals sections of the Freedom of Information Act, one relating to matters exempt from disclosure and one relating to meetings that may be closed to the public.

S. 454 — Places the Division of Veterans’ Affairs within the Executive Branch and makes changes relating to County Veterans Affairs Officers.

S. 455 — Provides that a Board or Commission shall issue a temporary professional license to the spouse of an active duty member under certain circumstances.

S. 461 — Increases the income tax deduction for certain firefighters and law enforcement officials from $3,000 to $6,000.

S. 462 — Provides for the expedited return of certain property and monies seized, allows forfeiture proceedings to be held in magistrates court for certain amounts, and changes the method of allocating various assets.

House Bills

H. 3775 — Revises the freeholder procedure for the creation of a special tax district.

H. 3776 — Provides that a local government may regulate an entity offering golf carts for rent or lease under certain circumstances.

H. 3777 — Requires the State Election Commission to amend voter registration forms to allow registrants to disclose their political party affiliation.

H. 3786 — Enacts the “Workplace Freedom Act.”

H. 3799 — Provides that an entity undertaking a transportation improvement project bears the costs related to relocating water and sewer lines.

H. 3801 — Prohibits counties from expending funds to test backflow prevention devices.

H. 3806 — Authorizes counties to adopt by ordinance the requirement that cemetery owners and operators shall maintain, preserve, and protect a cemetery.

H. 3809 — Establishes a plan for the Department of Administration to allocate employee pay increases so that state employees receive a 5 percent increase effective July 1, 2019.

H. 3828 — Enacts the “South Carolina Developer-Provided Transit Stop Act.”

H. 3833 — Enacts the “Municipal Tax Relief Act.”