​From the Dome to Your Home

The House of Representatives and the Senate met in regular session this week. The House Ways and Means subcommittees worked on the state budget, while senators elected a new president (and lieutenant governor) and the state ushered in new leadership. 

Changes in the SC General Assembly
First, Governor Henry McMaster vacated the lieutenant governor's office when he became governor after Governor Nikki Haley was confirmed as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Senator Hugh Leatherman (R – Florence) resigned as president pro tempore of the Senate to avoid becoming lieutenant governor. Senator Kevin Bryant (R – Anderson) vacated his senate seat when he was elected president pro tempore and immediately became lieutenant governor. Senator Leatherman was re-elected as president pro tempore of the Senate on a vote of 28-16.

Senator Bryant left a vacant seat on the Senate Finance Committee. Senator Greg Hembree (R – Horry) chose to change committees from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the Senate Finance Committee since he was the next most senior member on Judiciary who expressed interest in moving to Finance. Senator Katrina Shealy (R – Lexington) became chairwoman of the Senate General Committee.

In the House of Representatives, Representative Chris Corley (R- Aiken) resigned his House seat this week in the wake of a criminal domestic violence indictment.

House Tax Policy Review Committee meets
The House Tax Policy Review Committee met on Thursday after the House adjourned for the day to hear updates from legislative staff on business license, income, sales and property tax research projects.  The committee plans to meet again at the call of Chairman Tommy Pope to discuss any potential legislation. For questions about the committee, contact Melissa Carter ( at 803.933.1251.

Hometown Legislative Action Day 2017 next week
Hometown Legislative Action Day is Wednesday, February 1, at the Marriott in Columbia. The preregistration deadline has passed, but onsite registration will be available on Wednesday. Read the City Connect blog post and listen to the City Quick Connect podcast to get details on sessions and speakers.

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.


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Weekly legislative action