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From the Dome to Your Home 

The S.C. General Assembly met in regular session this week, continuing work in subcommittee and committee meetings. The House Ways and Means Committee plans to start debating its version of the state budget next week, while the Senate continues to work on V.C. Summer Nuclear plant legislation.

The governor signed the nuisance suits bill this week, the Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act sunset extension bill still needs more sponsors, and the plastic bags bill is in the Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee.

Utility relocation bill passed by full committee
H3739, the utility relocation bill, passed favorably out of the House Education and Public Works Committee this week. In a win for cities and towns that own water and sewer lines, this bill requires the owner of a road improvement project, such as the Department of Transportation, to bear the cost of relocating a public utility's water and sewer lines. One of the 2018 Advocacy Initiatives for cities and towns, the bill will now go to the full House of Representatives for debate. Scott Slatton has been a member of a long-standing study committee on utility relocation that worked on language for this bill. For questions on this bill, contact Scott (sslatton@masc.sc) at 803.933.1203.

Sanitation workers bill passed by full committee
H3595 requires drivers approaching solid waste vehicles to proceed with caution and, if possible, change lanes to a lane that is not next to the vehicle collecting solid waste. It passed out of the full House Education and Public Works Committee this week. A positive for municipalities, this bill is a step in the right direction to increase safety for sanitation workers. Next, the bill goes to the full House of Representatives for debate. For questions on this bill, contact Scott (sslatton@masc.sc) 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 this week's blog post to catch up on the social media activity 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