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​From the Dome to Your Home

The SC General Assembly convenes on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, for the second half of a two-year legislative session.

2020 Advocacy Initiatives
In October, the Association's board of directors approved continuing the remaining 2019 Advocacy Initiative into the 2020 legislative session. The remaining advocacy initiative to accomplish in 2020 is passage of S217, a bill that expands flexibility for using accommodations and hospitality taxes to allow expenditures for flooding and drainage infrastructure in tourist-related areas. Additional funding for the Criminal Justice Academy and reliability for the Local Government Fund were passed into law in 2019.

Bills that were introduced in 2019 are still active for the 2020 session. Many of these bills preempt local governments from making decisions at the local level on issues important to local residents. Changes to business licensing, short-term rentals and plastic bag bans are just a few.

Check out the December Uptown story that explains more about the remaining initiative. Also, read this City Connect blog post to learn more about the 2020 legislative session, and listen to City Quick Connect podcast on Mondays for more legislative news.

Hometown Legislative Action Day 2020
Hometown Legislative Action Day is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the Marriott in Columbia. Registration and hotel information are available now. The preregistration deadline is January 23, and the deadline to reserve a hotel room is January 3.

Prefiled bills in the House and Senate
The House of Representatives and Senate prefiled bills on November 20 and December 11. Check the legislative tracking system for summaries on prefiled bills that affect cities and towns. For more information on these bills, contact Casey Fields (cfields@masc.sc) at 803.933.1256.

Stay in Touch
The Municipal Association legislative team is on Twitter bringing you updates from the State House when legislators are in Columbia for session. Follow Melissa Carter (@MelissaMuniSC) and Scott Slatton (@ScottMuniSC) on Twitter for updates. Also follow the Association at @MuniAssnSC


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