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​From the Dome to Your Home

The House of Representatives and Senate met in regular session this week, continuing work in subcommittee and committee meetings and debating bills on the floor. The House is on furlough next week to return on Tuesday, April 3. The Senate is in regular session next week.

Senate Finance Committee begins debate on the budget
The Senate Finance Committee began budget deliberations on Tuesday by discussing provisos.  Committee members plan to continue the budget debate next week. Contact Melissa Carter (mcarter@masc.sc) 803.933.1251 for information on specific budget items.

Senate version of utility relocation bill passed by full committee
The Senate Transportation Committee gave a favorable report to S932 the Senate version of the utility relocation bill. This bill requires the owner of a road improvement project, such as the S.C. Department of Transportation, to bear the cost of relocating a public utility's water and sewer lines. Now, the bill is on the Senate calendar for debate by all senators. Call your senator and ask them to support S932. Read more about this issue in the upcoming issue of Uptown.

The House version of the bill, H3739, is on the contested calendar for debate by the full House. Utility relocation is one of the 2018 Municipal Association Advocacy Initiatives. Scott Slatton has been a member of a long-standing study committee on utility relocation that worked on language for S932. 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 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