Friday Reports

The Friday Report, is prepared and distributed every Friday of the legislative session. The most recent Friday Report will always appear on the home page. 

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Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 11:53am
The second week of the 2022 Session was abbreviated due to the inclement weather. House Ways and Means subcommittees continued to conduct budget hearings for state agencies and a Senate Finance subcommittee held a hearing to appropriate funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Savannah River Settlement. These items along with several bills of interest will be discussed below in this week’s Friday Report.
SCAC will host its Mid-Year Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia. NACo will provide an update on ARPA and US Treasury’s Final Rule. County officials will also receive an economic update and information regarding broadband opportunities. Members are encouraged to meet with their delegation members at the Statehouse. A legislative reception will be held at The Palmetto Club that evening from 5-7 p.m. The following Institute of Government for County Officials classes will be offered following the conference on Thursday, Feb. 24 and Friday, Feb. 25.

Revenue, Finance and Economic Development

Savannah River Settlement – S. 956. The Senate Finance American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Subcommittee discussed appropriating the $525 million that the state received from the Savannah River Settlement (SRS). A proposal by President Alexander and Chairman Peeler was discussed and adopted. Under the proposal, 65 percent ($341 million) would be sent to the “primary” counties affected by the lawsuit which include
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Friday, January 14, 2022 - 2:27pm

The General Assembly began the 2022 session this week. Because this is the second year of a two-year session, any bills that do not become law this year will have to be filed again in 2023. The House debated a reapportionment bill (S. 865), and the Ways and Means Committee began budget hearings with state and local government entities. The Senate immediately took up a Certificate of Need bill (S. 290) and members heard testimony on redistricting proposals. There was also some discussion in the General Assembly regarding the American Rescue Plan Act funds (ARPA) that will be discussed below. On an additional note, the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) issued its final rule on ARPA funds. Here is a link to the final rule as well as a summary from SCAC on the final rule and upcoming reporting deadlines for ARPA funds:

SCAC’s Mid-Year Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23, provides an excellent opportunity to meet with your legislators and discuss issues important to your county. See the detailed information regarding the conference and the Institute classes that follows the legislative items in this week’s Friday Report.

Revenue, Finance and Economic Development

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Friday, December 10, 2021 - 11:22am

Both chambers met this week to take up their respective redistricting bills, H. 4493 and S. 865. In addition, the Senate elected a new President (Senator Thomas Alexander) after the former President (Senator Harvey Peeler) stepped down to become the chairman of the Finance Committee after the death of Senator Hugh Leatherman. Senator Tom Davis was also elected to chair the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee. The House made minor changes to H. 4493 and gave the bill second and third readings and sent it to the Senate. The Senate passed S. 865 and incorporated their proposed redistricting language from S. 865 into H. 4493 on Tuesday before giving the bill second reading. H. 4493 received third reading by the Senate on Wednesday and was sent back to the House, which concurred in the Senate amendments. H. 4493 will now be enrolled for ratification. The House referred S. 865 to the Judiciary Committee.

Mask Mandate and Vaccine Mandate Enforcement – H. 3126. As initially drafted, this legislation would prohibit the State and any political subdivision from accepting any federal funds to enforce a federal mask or vaccine mandate. A Ways and Means subcommittee amended the bill, which was adopted by the full Ways and Means Committee. By a special order resolution, the bill was brought to the floor for debate. After much debate, the House agreed on a compromise amendment which now imposes the following conditions:

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