​From the Dome to Your Home

The House of Representatives met in regular session this week, debating bills on the calendar. The Senate took this week off. Senators will return on Monday, April 9, at 2 p.m. to begin debating the Senate Finance Committee's version of the budget. The House returns on Tuesday on its regular schedule. The crossover deadline for bills to pass the originating chamber is Tuesday, April 10.  

House utility relocation bill recommitted to committee
H3739, the House version of the utility relocation bill, was recommitted to the House Education and Public Works Committee. Rep. Jay West (R- Abbeville, Anderson) made the motion to recommit because S932, the Senate version of bill, had already passed the Senate and is in the House. The House Education and Public Works Transportation subcommittee meets next week to debate S932.

Utility relocation is one of the 2018 Municipal Association Advocacy Initiatives. Scott Slatton has been a member of a long-standing study committee on utility relocation that worked on language for S932. For questions on this bill, contact Scott ( at 803.933.1203.

Building permitting bill amended and passed by the House
House members amended H3846 from its original language and replaced it with language that puts into law a list of improvements or repairs a homeowner may make to his property without getting a permit from a city or county. Next, the bill will go to the Senate for debate. For questions on this bill, contact Scott Slatton ( at 803.933.1203.

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