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​From the Dome to Your Home

The House of Representatives and the Senate met in regular session this week. Hometown Legislative Action Day is Tuesday in Columbia, with Gov. Henry McMaster as the keynote speaker.

Advocacy Initiatives Update

  • Flexibility with hospitality and accommodations tax revenue
    H3132 and S217 were introduced in the House and Senate to give cities the ability to use state and local accommodations and hospitality tax revenue to control and repair flooding and drainage in tourist-related areas. The Senate passed S217 and sent it to the House of Representatives, where it was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. Please thank your senators for passing S217 and encourage your House members to support S217. For more information on this advocacy initiative, contact Melissa Carter (mcarter@masc.sc) at 803.933.1251.
  • Local Government Fund predictability
    H3137, sponsored by a bipartisan group of House members, was introduced to change the LGF formula to a more predictable funding level from year to year. The House Ways and Means Committee unanimously passed H3137 on Tuesday afternoon. The full House of Representatives gave the bill second reading on Thursday by a vote of 112 to 0, with an automatic third reading on Friday. Please thank your House members for supporting this bill. The bill will go to the Senate next for debate. Contact your senators and encourage them to support H3137. For more information on this advocacy initiative, contact Melissa (mcarter@masc.sc) at 803.933.1251.
  • Reducing wait times for new hires at the Criminal Justice Academy
    The Senate Finance Criminal Justice subcommittee and the House Ways and Means Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice subcommittee continue to hear from law enforcement agencies on budget requests. The subcommittees will present funding recommendations to the full committee over the next several weeks. Please continue to encourage members of your legislative delegation to support recurring funding in the state budget for the Criminal Justice Academy. With this change, the Academy can increase capacity and decrease wait times for admitting new officers. For more information on this advocacy initiative, contact Tiger Wells (twells@masc.sc) at 803.933.1270.

House committee passes bill preempting local governments
The full House Ways and Means Committee gave a favorable report to H3274, a bill that prohibits municipalities from enacting laws related to the ingredients, flavors or licensing of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, tobacco products or nicotine products. Tiger Wells testified against this bill in the subcommittee meeting because it takes away the authority of cities and towns to protect local youth from harmful products. It was on the calendar for debate on Thursday, but Rep. Alan Clemmons (R-Horry) adjourned debate on the bill until next week. Please call your House members and encourage them to vote against this bill and against local preemption. For more information on this bill, contact Tiger Wells (twells@masc.sc) at 803.933.1270.
 
Weekly bill introductions
Access bills that were introduced this week and bills that received action from a subcommittee or committee through our legislative tracking system complete with short summaries. Visit the legislative tracking system to see and comment on all bills pending in the House and Senate.

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), Scott Slatton (@ScottMuniSC) and Tiger Wells (@TigerMuniSC) on Twitter for updates. Also follow the Association at @MuniAssnSC