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From the Dome to Your Home

The S.C. General Assembly met in regular session on Tuesday, January 16, but canceled session and meetings on Wednesday and Thursday because of winter weather across the state. The House of Representatives plans to debate utility bills related to the V.C. Summer nuclear plant next week as well as the plastic bag ban bill, while the Senate will continue to debate budget vetoes.

Plastic bag ban bill up for debate next week
The House of Representatives plans to debate H3529, the bill that bans local governments from passing ordinances that regulate plastic bags, on Wednesday, January 24. As written, this bill will ban municipalities from adopting ordinances regulating local use of plastic bags. Cities that adopt ordinances before the bill is passed would be allowed to continue enforcing them. Future ordinances on the subject, even arguably those amending pre-existing ordinances, would be banned. For questions on the bill, contact Tiger Wells (twells@masc.sc) at 803.933.1270.

Hometown Legislative Action Day 2018
Hometown Legislative Action Day is on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at the Marriott in Columbia. Registration and hotel information are available now. The preregistration deadline is Tuesday, January 23.

Weekly Bill Introductions
Access bills that were introduced this week and bills that received action from a subcommittee or committee through our legislative tracking system complete with short summaries. Visit the legislative tracking system to see and comment on all bills pending in the House and Senate.

New blog post
Read the latest City Connect blog post with background on the proposed changes in the Local Government Fund.