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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 adopted its version of the budget, while the Senate debated poultry farms. Bills dealing with utility relocation costs and the safety of sanitation workers were placed on the House contested calendar for debate next week.

The House and Senate approved the conference report on H3649, the bill that changes the Engineer Practice Act, sending it to the governor's desk for his signature. S917, the bill that allows the use of accommodations and hospitality tax revenue to control and repair flooding and drainage at tourism-related lands due to recurrent tidal flooding, was given second reading by the Senate.

House Ways and Means Committee adopts its version of the budget
The House Ways and Means Committee adopted its version of the budget on Thursday. Next the budget will go to the full House of Representatives the week of March 12. Included in the budget are the following items:

  • No additional money in the Local Government Fund leaving the fund at $222.6 million.
  • Beach renourishment funded at $11 million.
  • The one percent pension employer contribution credit funded in the FY 2018 budget is again funded in the FY 2019 budget.
  • Nonrecurring PTSD funding included in last year's budget is not included in the Ways and Means Committee's version of the budget. Read more about the availability of the 2017-2018 PTSD funding.

Contact Melissa Carter (mcarter@masc.sc) at 803.933.1251 for information on specific budget items.

Enclave annexation bill on the subcommittee agenda
H3158, the bill that allows cities to annex enclaves under certain circumstances, was on the agenda of the House Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee, but time ran out before the subcommittee could debate the bill. There were several bills on the agenda before H3158. Mayor Rick Osbon from Aiken came to Columbia to testify in favor of the bill. The bill will likely be on the agenda for the next subcommittee meeting. See this week's featured tweet for more details. For questions, contact Scott Slatton (sslatton@masc.sc) at 803.933.1203.

Senators introduced their version of the Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act tax credit extension
S1043 was introduced in the Senate this week as a companion bill to H4816, which extends the Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act tax credit until 2025. Passed in 2013, the Act created an incentive for the rehabilitation, renovation and redevelopment of abandoned buildings in South Carolina. S1043 and H4816 will ensure the incentive remains in place to give developers certainty for future projects planned after the incentive's current sunset in 2019. Download the summary and talking points for S1043/H4816 and ask Senate and House members to sponsor the bills. For questions on these bills, 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