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Senate Finance Sales and Income Tax subcommittee
S1122 - Allows for the reimposition of the Local Option Tourism Development fee – favorable report. Later in the week, the full Senate Finance Committee gave this bill a favorable report.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Allows for the reimposition of the Local Option Tourism Development fee.

House Ways and Means General Government, Personnel and Benefits subcommittee
H3764 - Grants statewide law enforcement authority to the SC Criminal Justice Academy – adjourned debate
Summary of the bill as introduced: Grants statewide law enforcement authority to the SC Criminal Justice Academy.
H4994 - Allows municipalities to create special tax districts to address public and private infrastructure damage from the October flood – adjourned debate
Summary of the bill as introduced: Allows municipalities to create special tax districts to address public and private infrastructure damage from the October flood.
H5007 - Reduces the amortization schedule for retirement system funds from 30 years to 20 years - favorable report as amended. The amendment deletes the language regarding the 20 year amortization schedule.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Reduces the amortization schedule for retirement system funds from 30 years to 20 years and provides the assumed rate of return expires every four years unless action is taken by the General Assembly.
H5008 - Bases the retirement allowance adjustment on the assumed rate of return – adjourned debate
Summary of the bill as introduced: Bases the retirement allowance adjustment on the assumed rate of return and prohibits the adjustment from exceeding 2.5 percent.

House Judiciary Committee
S338 - Requires residential housing programs for paroled prison inmates to provide notice in the newspaper – adjourned debate
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires any public, private or nonprofit entity that is engaged in helping to rehabilitate and reintroduce paroled prison inmates into the community through residential housing to provide notice in a newspaper of general circulation of the address of the residential housing facility.

House Labor, Commerce and Industry Insurance subcommittee
H5022 - Distinguishes between license fees and taxes municipalities may levy and collect for risks located in and outside city limits – carried over. Later in the week, the full House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee adjourned debate on the bill.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Distinguishes between license fees and taxes municipalities may levy and collect for risks located in and outside city limits.

Senate Judiciary Committee
S163 - Grants further duties to the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation to review charters of certain cities and towns – favorable report as amended by the subcommittee. The subcommittee amendment lowers the population threshold from 300 to 150. The amendment also requires a 2/3 vote of the legislative delegation and a written statement alleging failure to provide services to trigger a review regardless of population.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires cities and towns whose population drops below 300 to show that it is maintaining municipal services at an adequate level to maintain its certificate of incorporation.
S289 - Creates the offense of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer – recommitted to the subcommittee
Summary of the bill as introduced: Clarifies that a person who injures a law enforcement officer, EMS provider or firefighter commits the offense of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
H3653 - Allows law enforcement agencies to enter into a multijurisdictional task force agreement – carried over.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Authorizes a law enforcement agency to enter into mutual aid agreements or multi-jurisdictional task force agreements with other law enforcement providers as may be necessary.
S1023 - Allows retired municipal judges to carry a concealed weapon – favorable report as amended by the subcommittee. The subcommittee amendment included clerks of court.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Allows retired and active judges, commissioners and solicitors to carry a concealed weapon.
S916 - Raises the age for juveniles to under 18 years old – favorable report as amended. The amendment clarifies that a child under 18 years old may not be charged as an adult with the exception of certain violent crimes.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Raises the age for juveniles from under 17 years old to under 18 years old.

House Education and Public Works Motor Vehicles subcommittee
H5108 - Establishes a study committee to assess the role of local government fleets in hiring entry-level drivers - favorable report as amended. The amendment adds additional organizations to the study committee. Later in the week, the full House Education and Public Works Committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended by the subcommittee.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Establishes a study committee to assess the role of local government fleets in hiring entry-level commercial driver's licensed drivers. The Municipal Association has a seat on this study committee.

Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry subcommittee
S685 - Regulates the practice of engineering and surveying in South Carolina – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Regulates the practice of engineering and surveying in South Carolina.

Senate General Transgender Bathroom subcommittee
S1203 - Prohibits local governments from enacting ordinances allowing multiple occupancy bathrooms regardless of a person's biological gender – no action taken on the bill although it was on the agenda.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prohibits local governments from enacting ordinances allowing multiple occupancy bathrooms regardless of a person's biological gender in public accommodations or private clubs.

Senate Judiciary subcommittee
H3521 - Prevents a court or other enforcement authority from enforcing foreign law – favorable report as amended. As soon as the amendment is written, it will be posted in the tracking system.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prevents a court or other enforcement authority from enforcing foreign law.

House Ways and Means Revenue Policy subcommittee
H4762 - Revises the limitation on certain millage rate increases – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Revises the limitation on millage rate increases for the purchase of capital equipment and other expenditures in a county with a population of less than 100,000 people and has at least 40,000 acres of state or national forest land.
H5077 - Allows a lien to be placed on a Joint Authority Water and Sewer System's property in accordance with the Revenue Bond Act for utilities – favorable report as amended. The amendment only makes technical changes.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Allows a lien to be placed on a Joint Authority Water and Sewer System's property in accordance with the Revenue Bond Act for utilities.
H5078 - Requires the Capital Projects Sales Tax Act to terminate on April 30 of an odd or even numbered year – favorable report as amended. The amendment requires all referenda to terminate in odd years.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires the Capital Projects Sales Tax Act to terminate on April 30 of an odd or even numbered year.

House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Agriculture subcommittee
S40 - Encourages state agencies to implement a water management program – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Encourages state agencies to implement a water management program for the Savannah River Basin to ensure continuous optimization of water quality and quantity management.

House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
S277 - State Telecom Equity in Funding Act – recommitted to the subcommittee
Summary of the bill as introduced: Clarifies the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission over certain providers regarding telephone service for hearing and speech impaired people.

Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
H3054 - Urges local governments to assist the homeless in light of the economy and weather conditions – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Urges federal, state and local governments along with churches and neighborhood associations to accelerate their efforts to assist the homeless in light of the nation's economy and adverse weather conditions.
S668 - South Carolina Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Act - favorable report as amended. The amendment removes cities from being able to administer the program and requires disclosure of liens to buyers.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Allows governing bodies to establish a district by ordinance for the purpose of promoting, encouraging and facilitating clean energy improvements within its geographic area.

House Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee
H4793 - Allows only the General Assembly to regulate plastic bags and other containers – although it was on the agenda, no action was taken on this bill.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Allows only the General Assembly to regulate the use, disposition, sale, or any imposition of any prohibition, restriction, fee imposition, or taxation of auxiliary containers including plastic bags.

House Judiciary Criminal Laws subcommittee
H3074 - Prohibits the distribution of crime scene images of minors on social media – carried over
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prohibits the distribution of crime or accident scene images of minors on social media.
H4387 - Prohibits a law enforcement agency or department from requiring officers to meet a quota for citations during a period of time - favorable report as amended. The amendment removes the section that prohibits cities and towns from comparing the number of citations from officer to officer.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prohibits a law enforcement agency or department from requiring officers to issue a specific amount or meet a quota for the number of citations issued during a period of time.
H3091 - Seeks limited immunity for a person seeking help for another person suffering from an overdose – carried over
Summary of the bill as introduced: Provides limited immunity from prosecution for certain drug and alcohol-related offenses committed by a person who seeks medical assistance for another person who is experiencing a drug or alcohol-related overdose.