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Senate Finance Property Tax subcommittee
S44 - Exempts 80 percent of the fair market value of certain distributed energy resources - favorable report as amended. The amendment allows a 100 percent property tax exemption for solar equipment on residential property. Later in the day, the full Senate Finance Committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended by the subcommittee.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Exempts 80 percent of the fair market value of specific distributed energy resources and exempts the value of renewable energy resource residential property.
 
Senate Finance Sales and Income Taxation subcommittee
S214 - Requires retailers to pay sales tax if an agreement is made to refer customers through the internet – favorable report. Later in the day, the full Senate Finance Committee gave this bill a favorable report.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires retailers to collect and remit a sales tax if an agreement is made with a resident of this state to refer customers through the internet or otherwise for a commission.
 
House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Agriculture subcommittee
H3218 - Makes changes to the Dam and Reservoirs Safety Act – the bill failed to get a favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires dam owners to report annually to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control with current contact information and a completed owner checklist with a current emergency action plan that includes downstream residents and business owners.
H3340 – Requires dam owners to report failures and repairs to the S.C. DOT and S.C. DHEC – adjourned debate
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires dam owners to report a failed dam that has a state highway system running across the top to the S.C. DOT and S.C. DHEC with notification if the dam owner plans to repair the dam and the anticipated date the repairs will be finished.
 
Senate Transportation subcommittee
S197 – Makes several changes to the current law on mopeds - favorable report as amended. The amendment conforms the bill to S689 from 2016 that required beginners' permits for moped riders and the final version of the insurance requirement in the moped bill passed in S689. Later in the week, the full Senate Transportation Committee gave this bill a favorable report and amended the bill further to require the S.C. Department of Public Safety to collect and report to the Senate Transportation Committee statistics on moped riders and use. The amendment also exempts vehicles over 750 watts from the provisions of this bill.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Makes several changes to the law on mopeds and moped operation.
 
Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Environmental subcommittee
S5 – Requires S.C. DHEC to inspect all dams that a state highway crosses over – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires S.C. DHEC to inspect all dams that a state highway crosses over.
 
Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Labor and Employment subcommittee
S218 - Prohibits a municipality from establishing, mandating or requiring an employee benefit – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prohibits a municipality from establishing, mandating or requiring an employee benefit. This bill does not limit the authority of municipalities to establish employee benefits in employment relationships.
 
Senate Finance Health and Human Services subcommittee
S61 - Allows employees and retirees and their dependents of any political subdivision of the state to participate in the state health plan – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Allows employees and retirees and their dependents of any political subdivision of the state to participate in the state health plan.
 
House Education and Public Works Transportation subcommittee
H3238 - Requires S.C. DOT to obtain approval from a municipality prior to a project's inclusion in the improvement program – adjourned debate
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires S.C. DOT to obtain approval from a municipality prior to a projects inclusion in the statewide transportation improvement program if the project is within the municipality's boundaries.
H3247 - Makes several changes to the current law on mopeds – adjourned debate
Summary of the bill as introduced: Defines a moped as a cycle, defined as a motor vehicle, with or without pedals, to permit propulsion by human power, that travels on no more than three wheels in contact with the ground powered by gas, electricity, alternative fuel, or a hybrid combination.
 
Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Animal Welfare Select subcommittee
S6 - Expands the penalties for injuring or killing a police dog or horse – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Expands the penalties for torturing, mutilating, injuring, disabling, poisoning or killing a police dog or horse to include a $10,000 fine, up to 10 years in prison, restitution to cover the cost of restoring or replacing the dog or horse and up to 500 hours of community service.
 
Senate Judiciary subcommittee
S245 - Conforms language of trafficking illegal drugs to the language concerning possession and distribution of illegal drugs – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Conforms language of trafficking illegal drugs, including opiates and heroin, to the language concerning possession and distribution of illegal drugs including synthetic opiates.

House Labor, Commerce and Industry Insurance subcommittee
H3441 - Requires employers' representatives to make workers' compensation payments through check or direct deposit – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires employers' representatives to make workers' compensation payments through check or direct deposit.