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​From the Dome to Your Home

The Senate and House of Representatives met in regular session this week debating bills on the calendar. The House Education and Public Works Transportation subcommittee scheduled for Wednesday morning to debate S932, the utility relocation bill, was canceled.

House members plan to take up the Senate version of the budget on Tuesday, April 24, while the plastic bag ban bill remains on the Senate contested calendar with two senators objecting to the bill.
 
Sanctuary cities bill passed by the House
The House of Representatives amended and gave third and final reading to H4496, the bill that requires cities to comply with a newly created Immigration Compliance Report and withholds Local Government Funds if cities do not comply.

Rep. Micah Caskey (R – Lexington) introduced an amendment that passed to allow the S.C. Attorney General to bring a civil action against a city or town council that attempts to prohibit its municipal employees from enforcing the state's immigration laws. The amended version removed the local government reporting requirements, and removed the certification authority the original bill attempted to give SLED over local governments. If a court finds the municipality has violated the law, the local government may lose its Local Government Fund appropriations for three consecutive fiscal years.

House members voted 72 to 36 to give the bill second reading. Third reading was given on Thursday by voice vote. The bill now goes to the Senate for debate. However, since the House passed this bill after the crossover deadline, it takes 2/3 vote of the Senate to take up the bill.
 
For questions about this bill, contact Tiger Wells (twells@masc.sc) at 803.933.1270.
 
Flexibility with accommodations tax bill passes House subcommittee
The House Ways and Means Economic Development subcommittee passed out favorably S917, the bill that expands the allowed expenditure of state and local accommodations and hospitality tax revenue to include control and repair of flooding and drainage on tourism-related lands. The Senate passed this bill on February 27. Next, the bill will go to the full House Ways and Means Committee for debate.

Increased flexibility for cities and towns to more effectively use local hospitality and accommodations tax revenue is one of the Association's 2018 Advocacy Initiatives. For questions on the bill, contact Melissa Carter (mcarter@masc.sc) at 803.933.1251.
 
Stay in Touch
The Municipal Association legislative team is on Twitter this session bringing you updates from the State House lobby and committee and subcommittee meetings. Follow Melissa Carter (@MelissaMuniSC), Scott Slatton (@ScottMuniSC) and Tiger Wells (@TigerMuniSC) on Twitter for updates. Also follow the Association at @MuniAssnSC. Read the week's featured tweet from the State House
 
Weekly Bill Introductions
Use the Association's legislative tracking system to access bills that were introduced this week and bills that received action from a subcommittee or committee. The system also allows readers to comment on all bills related to local government pending in the House and Senate.

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Weekly legislative action