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Senate Judiciary Committee
S245 - Conforms language of trafficking illegal drugs to the language concerning possession and distribution of illegal drugs – favorable report as amended. The amendment clarifies that the provision would not undermine existing definitions included in the legislation.
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.

Senate Finance Property Taxation subcommittee
S75 - Allows a property owner residing at a nursing home to retain the 4 percent assessment ratio – favorable report as amended. The amendment only makes a technical change.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Allows an owner living in a nursing home to retain the 4 percent property tax assessment ratio as long as the owner plans to return to the property, does not have a living spouse and does not receive rental income from the property.

House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Agriculture subcommittee
H3218 - Makes changes to the Dam and Reservoirs Safety Act - favorable report as amended. The amendment prohibits DHEC from requiring changes to dams from reclassification unless potential failure poses a threat of loss of life. Later in the week, the full House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended by the subcommittee.
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 - favorable report with an amendment. The amendment allows DOT to proceed with road repair if it does not receive a response from the dam owners. Later in the week, the full House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended by the subcommittee.
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.
 
House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
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.
 
House Education and Public Works Transportation subcommittee
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.
 
House Labor, Commerce and Industry Business and Commerce subcommittee
H3529 - Allows only the General Assembly to regulate plastic bags and other containers - favorable report as amended. The amendment clarifies that trash collection is not impacted by this bill. Tiger Wells, and a number of others, testified against this bill.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Allows only the General Assembly, rather than local governments, to regulate the use, disposition, sale, or any imposition of any prohibition, restriction, fee imposition, or taxation of plastic bags and other auxiliary containers.
 
Senate Banking and Insurance subcommittee
S11- Expands the S.C. Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program to include flood damage – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Expands the S.C. Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program to include flood damage.

Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
S218 - Prohibits a municipality from establishing, mandating or requiring an employee benefitfavorable 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 Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
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 General subcommittee
S78 - Requires state guard members to be entitled to military leave without loss of pay while attending training – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires state guard members to be entitled to military leave without loss of pay, seniority or efficiency rating while attending state guard encampment, training or ordered to active duty.
 
House Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee
H3352 - Changes certain sections of the current Freedom of Information Act law – favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Creates the Office of Freedom of Information Act Review within the Administrative Law Court.
H3333 - Requires the Legislative Audit Council to conduct a management performance audit of the Office of Indigent Defense – although the bill was on the agenda, the subcommittee did not take action
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires the Legislative Audit Council to conduct a management performance audit of the Office of Indigent Defense beginning December 2017 and every three years after.