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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. S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty addressed a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday.

Bills dealing with utility relocation costs and the safety of sanitation workers remain on the House contested calendar for debate. The Senate passed S917 and sent it to the House Ways and Means Committee. It allows accommodations and hospitality tax revenue to be used to control and repair flooding and drainage at tourism-related lands due to recurrent tidal flooding.

Plastic bag ban bill on a Senate subcommittee agenda
The Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Regulatory and Local Government subcommittee is scheduled next Wednesday to debate H3529, the bill that bans local governments from passing ordinances that regulate plastic bags. As passed by the House, this bill will ban municipalities from adopting ordinances regulating local use of plastic bags. Cities that adopted ordinances before January 31, 2018, or are located within a county that adopted an ordinance before January 31, 2018 will be allowed to continue enforcing them. Future ordinances on the subject, even those amending pre-existing ordinances, would possibly be banned. Members of the subcommittee include Senators Shane Massey (chairman), Nikki Setzler, Kent Williams, Tom Davis, Ronnie Sabb, Tom Corbin and Mike Gambrell. For questions on the bill, contact Tiger Wells (twells@masc.sc) at 803.933.1270.
 
Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act tax credit extension bills
S1043 was introduced in the Senate last 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