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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Friday, June 18, 2021 - 11:21am

The budget conferees (Sens. Leatherman, Peeler, and Setzler; Reps. Murrell Smith, Bannister, and Hayes) met this week and reached a tentative agreement on the budget. Both chambers will meet on Monday, June 21st , in general session. There are several items that will require a super majority vote (3/5 vote) in the Senate to be included as a part of the final budget. Other items we have previously reported on may be adjusted depending on funding. We will highlight some of the provisions that appear to be to locked in and will provide a more in-depth report after the General Assembly adopts a final budget.

State Budget — H. 4100

The budget conferees have agreed on the following items:

  • An increase in the Local Government Fund (LGF) of $17.92 million statewide. This represents full funding to the LGF, including all back funding that was imperiled because of the state operating under a Continuing Resolution in light of the ongoing pandemic.
  • A 2.5 percent base pay increase for all state employees.
  • A 1 percent increase to the employer contribution rate to the State Retirement System and the Police Officers Retirement System (The increase in employer contribution rate was suspended in Fiscal Year 2020-21).
  • $10 million for the Rural County Stabilization Fund. Any county that has a population growth, as determined by the 2020 Census, of less than 5.35 percent since the 2010 Census and would lose a substantial amount of their portion of the LGF shall be eligible to receive monies from the fund. Please thank Chairman Murrell Smith and the other conferees for including these important funds for rural counties in
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Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 11:07am

The House took up the budget bill (H. 4100) this week. The Senate met on Tuesday to take up conference committee reports and then met in perfunctory session on Wednesday. The House made several amendments to the bill and sent it back to the Senate. The Senate refused to concur with the House amendments, and the budget is now headed to a conference committee. The Senate conferees are Senators Leatherman, Peeler, and Setzler, while the House conferees are Representatives Murrell Smith, Bannister, and Hayes. No dates have been provided yet as to when the conference committee will meet. The budget as passed by the House will be discussed below.

As a reminder, the US Department of the Treasury has launched its portal for counties to access their allocation of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds as authorized by the American Rescue Plan. Treasury’s guidance on how these funds may be used is also available on their website. Please note that the first Interim Report for your county is due to Treasury by August 31, 2021. Also, SCAC will be hosting a virtual meeting with representatives from NACo today at 2:00 pm to answer questions you may have about how to access and/or utilize these funds. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be recorded and placed on our website.

H. 4100 – State Budget.

The House debated the budget as passed by the Ways and Means Committee last week. The first amendment adopted by the House was theRead Full Report

Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 3:09pm

The House Ways and Means Committee met this week to take up the budget bill (H. 4100) as amended by the Senate. The Committee made several changes along with some additional provisos that will be discussed below. Pursuant to the Sine Die Resolution (H. 4285), the House will take up the budget bill as amended by the Ways and Means Committee when the General Assembly convenes on June 8th.

As a reminder, the US Department of the Treasury has launched its portal for counties to access their allocation of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds as authorized by the American Rescue Plan. Treasury’s guidance on how these funds may be used is also available on their website. Please note that the first Interim Report for your county is due to Treasury by August 31, 2021. Also, SCAC will be hosting a virtual meeting with representatives from NACo on June 10, 2021 at 2 PM to answer questions you may have about how to access and/or utilize these funds.

H. 4100 – State Budget.

The House Ways and Means Committee gave a favorable report on an updated version of the budget. The Committee made several modifications to the line-item part of the budget but kept the increase in the Local Government Fund (LGF) of $17.92 million statewide. This represents full funding to the LGF including all back funding that was imperiledRead Full Report

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 9:11am

The General Assembly concluded its regular session yesterday. Under their Sine Die Resolution (H. 4285), they will come back several times during the month of June to complete the budget, take up conference committee reports, Governor vetoes, and a few other specified matters. They will also come back in the fall to deal with redistricting. Several bills of interest passed the General Assembly. Those bills that did not pass still have a chance next year, as this is the first year of a two-year session. Several bills of interest will be discussed below.

As a reminder, the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) launched its Treasury Submission Portal through which counties will request and receive their first allocation of funding from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund). Treasury also released its guidance on the use of the funds. Here are links to the Quick Reference Read Full Report

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 4:12pm

The General Assembly continued to race through legislation as the session is quickly coming to a close. The House spent a considerable amount of time debating execution methods for inmates on death row, while the Senate spent most of the week debating an open carry gun bill. There are several bills of interest that moved that will be discussed.

Revenue, Finance, and Economic Development

Property Tax Installment Payment Flexibility – H. 3482. This bill, an SCAC policy position, would provide the treasurer, tax collector, or other official charged with the collection of ad valorem property taxes in a county with the discretion in the scheduling and collection of installment payments from taxpayers. The Senate gave H. 3482 second reading this week. Please thank Sen. Fanning for his help in ensuring that this bill received second reading.

Legally Separated Assessment Ratio – S. 527. This bill would define “legally separated” for purposes of the certificate contained in the application for the special 4 percent assessment ratio for owner-occupied residential property, an SCAC policy position. The House Ways and Means Committee gave the bill a favorable report and it is pending second reading on the House calendar.

Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy – H. 3354. H. 3354 would provide a property tax exemption for solar panels placed on the rooftops of residential homes. InRead Full Report

Friday, April 30, 2021 - 9:47am

The Senate passed the budget bill this week while the House continues to work to clear its calendar before the General Assembly adjourns on Thursday, May 13th. However, the House introduced a Sine Die Resolution this week (H. 4285). If the Sine Die Resolution is adopted by the Senate, the General Assembly will meet several times in the month of June to complete any unfinished work on the budget, take up conference reports, Governor vetoes, and a few other specified items. They will also likely meet in the fall to adopt redistricting plans.

As a reminder, county funding allocations from the federal government should be distributed within the next week or two. For your county to receive its allocation it must have an active SAM registration and valid DUNS number. Information about this can be found on SCAC’s website.

Revenue, Finance, and Economic Development

1. H. 4100 – State Budget.

The Senate finished their debate on the budget this week and gave H. 4100 third reading. The Senate increased funding to the Local Government Fund (LGF) by $17.92 million statewide. This is the same amount that was approved by the Senate Finance Committee. This funding amount represents full funding to the LGF including all back funding that was imperiled because of the state operating under a Continuing Resolution in light of the ongoing pandemic. The funding amounts for the LGF are slightly different in the House and Senate versions ofRead Full Report

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 2:34pm

The House continued to move bills along on their calendar this week, while the Senate spent most of the week debating what to do with Santee Cooper (see below). The Senate will begin debate on the budget on Tuesday of next week. We will discuss the budget as passed by the Senate Finance Committee as well as other bills of interest below.

As discussed last week, the US Treasury Department issued initial directives on steps counties need to take to begin the process of drawing down the American Rescue Plan funds for counties. SCAC has posted information about those directives.

Revenue, Finance, and Economic Development

1. H. 4100 – State Budget.

The Senate Finance Committee finished their work on the budget this week and passed H. 4100 out of committee. The committee increased funding to the Local Government Fund (LGF) by $17.92 million statewide. This amount is slightly more than what was passed by the House. Here is a link to a chart outlining the difference between the funding amounts for each county. This represents full funding to the LGF including all back funding that was imperiled because of the state operating under a Continuing Resolution in light of the ongoing pandemic. The Committee also raised library per capita funding from $2 to $2.25, an SCAC policy position. The Committee also included $47.6 million in theirRead Full Report

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 9:48am

After the mad rush to meet the crossover deadline of April 10th last week, the House calendar was rather light, while the Senate spent most of the week in committees working on the budget. Still, there was movement on a few bills of interest that will be discussed below.

On an additional note, the US Treasury Department issued initial directives on steps counties need to take to begin the process of drawing down the American Rescue Plan funds for counties. Information from SCAC about those directives is available on the SCAC website.

Revenue, Finance, and Economic Development

Budget – H. 4100. The Senate Finance Committee met this week to take up provisos within the 2021-2022 budget bill. The plan is for the committee to meet again next week to take up the line-item appropriations and hopefully pass the budget bill on to the Senate floor by the end of the week. SCAC staff will report on all relevant provisos and appropriations once the full committee gives H. 4100 a favorable report.

Manufacturing Property Tax Exemption Exclusion – H. 4064. At least one major utility is paying its property taxes under protest claiming it is eligible for the manufacturing property tax exemption, which the state fully funds. H. 4064 clarifies that the manufacturing property tax exemption does not apply to utilities, which was the original intent of the exemption. The Senate Finance CommitteeRead Full Report

Friday, April 9, 2021 - 9:17am

Both chambers spent the majority of the week on the floor in order to give bills third reading to meet the crossover date of April 10th. Any bill that did not receive third reading in one chamber by yesterday is likely done for this session and will have to be taken up next year. There are several bills of interest that will be discussed below.

Revenue, Finance and Economic Development

SCAC staff watches intently as the Senate votes on
S. 401, an SCAC Policy Position.

Local Option Sales Tax Flexibility – H. 3948. This bill, an SCAC policy position, would allow the counties that impose a Transportation Penny Tax pursuant to Chapter 37, Title 4 to also conduct a referendum to impose a 1 percent Capital Project Sales Tax. The bill deletes the restriction that the area of the county can only be subject to one of those authorizations.

The House adopted an amendment on the floor to further allow counties with the Capital Project Sales Tax to conduct a referendum to impose the Transportation Penny, as well. This would provide this flexibility to all counties. The bill passed the House and was referred to Senate Finance. Please thank Reps. Crawford, Murrell Smith, Pendarvis, Stavrinakis, and Murphy for their help in moving this important bill for counties.

Property Tax Installment Payment Flexibility – HRead Full Report

Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 10:57am

In observance of Good Friday, the Friday Report is being sent out today. The House was on furlough this week, while the Senate met on Tuesday and Wednesday. Next week is crossover,  which means bills that do not pass from one chamber to the other by April 10th  will likely not pass this session. The Senate moved several bills of interest that will be discussed below.

Revenue, Finance, and Economic Development

Community Development Credits – S. 436. This bill would raise the cap on the community development tax credits, which are issued on a first-come first-served basis. A Senate Finance subcommittee amended S. 436 with a strike and insert amendment to change the cap to $9 million, allowing for $1 million in total tax credits for tax year 2021, and $2 million for 2022. The full committee also adopted the amendment and S. 436 is now on the Senate calendar.  

Rental Assistance – H. 3770. This bill would provide procedures for disbursing the federal funds under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program by creating the South Carolina Emergency Rental Assistance Program. This program would be administered by the South Carolina State Housing Financing and Development Authority. Funds would be disbursed in accordance with the procedures in Section 2(A) of Act 135 of 2020. The bill was given third reading in the Senate and returned to the House.

Return to Work Within School System –Read Full Report

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