Legislative Alert - May 13, 2020: General Assembly Passes Continuing Resolution

 Members of the General Assembly returned to Columbia on Tuesday for an emergency session to fund the ordinary expenses of state government at current levels in the event the 2020-2021 fiscal year begins without the passage of the annual general appropriations act. While they were scheduled to meet through Thursday if necessary, they were able to wrap up most of their work on Tuesday. The Senate will meet in perfunctory session for the rest of the week. Legislation that passed or moved will be outlined in this Legislative Alert.

Friday Report - March 20, 2020

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Friday Report - March 13, 2020

The House passed the budget on Wednesday and did not meet on Thursday. They will be on furlough until the week of March 23rd. The Senate spent the week working through the calendar while on the floor and debating Santee Cooper in the Senate Finance Committee before reporting their findings to the Senate floor. The Finance Committee voted unanimously to reject the three options (sale, management, or restructuring). The Finance subcommittee tasked with renegotiating the three options met this week but has not made a recommendation.

Friday Report - March 6, 2020

Things finally began to move in the General Assembly this week as the Senate ended debate on the education reform bill (S. 419) and sent it to the House. In the ongoing debate in both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Ad Hoc Committee regarding Santee Cooper, the House Ways and Means Ad Hoc Committee voted unanimously to reject the three options presented (sale, management, or restructuring).

Friday Report - February 28, 2020

There was not a lot of legislative activity as the General Assembly continues to be bogged down with the education reform bill (S. 419) and Santee Cooper. One hundred of the more than 200 amendments to S. 419 were withdrawn. Hopefully since cloture has been invoked on the bill and no more amendments can be added, this will allow the Senate to finish up the bill soon. The House Ways and Means Ad Hoc Committee and the Senate Finance Committee both heard testimony on Santee Cooper.

Friday Report - February 14, 2020

SCAC Executive Director Tim Winslow meets with
House Speaker Jay Lucas.

Friday Report - February 7, 2020

SCATT members meet at the statehouse.

The South Carolina Auditors, Treasurers, and Tax Collectors (SCATT) gathered at the statehouse this week to discuss various bills with members of the General Assembly.

Friday Report - January 31, 2020

Owen McBride discusses affordable
housing legislation with

Friday Report - January 24, 2020

This was a busy week at the General Assembly. The Governor gave his State of the State address on Wednesday outlining his budget priorities. These include tax relief in the form of a rebate check of approximately $200 per tax payer, an income tax reduction, and a merit-based 2 percent raise for state employees. There was also movement on several bills that are SCAC policy positions and will be discussed below.