Two panels of legislators will participate in the morning session of the 2015 Hometown Legislative Action Day on February 4. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear House members and senators share their perspectives on local issues.
The first panel will focus on the work of the House's transportation infrastructure and management ad-hoc committee. Speaker Jay Lucas created this committee to address the problem with the state's crumbling roads and bridges and the management of the SC Department of Transportation.
The committee worked throughout the fall hearing from more than a dozen organizations and experts about the current challenges, possible solutions, and the cost to repair the state's primary and secondary roads and infrastructure. Four members of the ad hoc committee, including Chairman Gary Simrill (R-Rock Hill), will discuss the proposals and how municipal officials can fit into the plan to repair and maintain roads. Fixing roads and identifying consistent revenue sources for repairs and maintenance is one of the advocacy initiatives of the Municipal Association for the 2015 legislative session.
During the second half of the opening session, four senators will give their perspectives on the legislative priorities of cities and towns for the 2015 session. Senators from the Judiciary and Finance committees will be on the panel to give a broad and diverse perspective on important municipal issues.
Including Democrats and Republicans, the panel will weigh in on a variety of municipal issues including dilapidated buildings legislation and the Local Government Fund. Senator Larry Martin (R-Pickens) will be one of the senators on the panel. He is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is one of the co-sponsors of the Dilapidated Buildings Act this year.
Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions for the legislators during both panel discussions.
"Hometown Legislative Action Day is a great opportunity for municipal officials to travel to Columbia for one day to advocate as one of the largest grassroots coalitions in the state," explained Municipal Association Executive Director Miriam Hair. "Don't miss this chance to hear from legislators and show them that officials from cities and towns mean business when it comes to the success of South Carolina."