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The General Assembly began session this week and focused on organization and rule changes. The Senate passed a rule that makes the budget more transparent so that special fund projects are not hidden within the budget. They also amended their rule on cloture, which makes it less likely that the Senate will be bogged down with filibusters. The House amended its rules to allow committees to meet virtually or through alternate means in the event of extraordinary circumstances such as a pandemic. Both chambers will meet mostly in perfunctory session next week and will instead conduct committee... Read more


Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, SCAC has cancelled the Mid-Year Conference and Institute of Government classes scheduled Feb. 10-12, 2021. An important part of this conference is the legislative briefing and Statehouse visits. In light of the pandemic, the vast majority of House and Senate subcommittee and committee meetings will be conducted virtually. The legislative session will be held in the respective chambers, however, there will be very limited interaction with the public in the lobby. In addition to the weekly Friday Reports, SCAC is planning to host a virtual... Read more


The South Carolina Association of Counties offered its Orientation for Newly-Elected Council Members in two separate webinars on January 5, 2021,  and January 7, 2021. The webinars were recorded and are now available on SCAC’s learning portal for those who are unable to participate in the live events. Please contact Ryan Tooley at or by phone at (803) 252-7255 if you have any questions or need assistance.Read more


Happy New Year! In light of COVID-19 concerns, our Friday Report is being distributed by email only. Please share this information with those who are accustomed to receiving a mailed version of the Friday Report and may not have email access.

The first regular session of the 124th South Carolina General Assembly will officially convene on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, however, there were several committee meetings this week. Of particular note, there was a subcommittee meeting regarding the Local Government Fund (LGF) that is discussed below. SCAC also... Read more


SCAC’s four legislative policy committees spent August through November studying issues and analyzing information to develop policy statements important to the several functions of county governance. In December, the Legislative Committee adopted SCAC’s Policy Positions for the 2021 Legislative Session.Read more