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House and Senate members were in Columbia on Tuesday. Several conference committees met, and the House and Senate adopted the budget conference report. The governor has five days, excluding Sunday, to issue vetoes.

Budget conference report adopted by House and Senate
House and Senate budget conferees came to an agreement late last week on the budget conference report and presented that report to the full House and Senate on Tuesday. Both chambers adopted the report and sent it to the governor for approval.

Included in the final budget is:

  • An additional $10 million in recurring funding to the Local Government Fund bringing the recurring total to $222.6 million for FY 2017-2018.
  • One percent of the 2 percent increase in the SCRS and PORS employer contribution rates funded with recurring revenue directly to the Public Employee Benefit Authority.  The funding reduces the employer contribution rate for SCRS from 13.56 percent to 12.56 percent and PORS from 16.24 percent to 15.24 percent.
  • $68 million for Hurricane Matthew FEMA match
  • $1.25 million for the Pinnacle Mountain FEMA match
  • $5 million for beach renourishment
  • $700,000 appropriation out of the Hurricane Matthew FEMA match to the Town of Nichols for Hurricane Matthew recovery
  • $500,000 in nonrecurring funds for first responder PTSD treatment
  • $550,400 in recurring funds for the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy psychological screening
  • $5 million for the 2014 winter storm match

Get the FY2018 Senate and House LGF distributions by city. Get the full list of budget provisos impacting cities and towns.

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

Additional resources available for new FOIA rules
A series of conference calls last week about the recent changes to the Freedom of Information Act prompted this blog post and memo with guidance on dealing with two issues. The first involves FOIA requests submitted to councilmembers from the public during a meeting. The second relates to requests for records that include personal identifying information.  

Passed bills
Bills passed in the 2017 legislative session that have an effect on cities and towns are available on the Association's legislative tracking system.

Year-end report
The year-end report with a full recap of the 2017 legislative session will be available online in July and at the July Annual Meeting in hard copy.

 More resources

Weekly legislative action