From the Dome to Your Home
The Senate and House of Representatives met in regular session this week. House members did not spend much time on the floor, which allowed for more committee meetings. Senators spent long hours debating an education reform bill and COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Legislators continued to hold subcommittee and committee meetings both in-person and virtually. The House and Senate will be in session next week as normal.
Abandoned buildings tax credit extension passes the Senate
S271, the bill that extends the benefits of the Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act until December 2025, passed the Senate this week. The current act sunsets this December unless legislation is passed to extend it. Senators adopted an amendment that addresses intervening connectors in the Textiles Communities Revitalization Act. The amendment adds “roads and railroad rights of way” to the existing bill. The bill is now in the House Ways and Means Committee for consideration.
For questions about S271, contact Joannie Nickel (email@example.com) at 803.354.4794.
Vaccine relief bill back in the House
The Senate amended and passed H3707, the bill that allocates $63 million to the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and $45 million to the Medical University of South Carolina for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. H3707 also establishes a $100 million vaccine reserve account. The amendments make political subdivisions eligible to receive funds from DHEC for vaccination activities and adds facility rentals as an allowable expense for vaccine events. On Thursday, the House amended the bill but adjourned any debate until Tuesday, February 16. H3707 remains on the House calendar.
For questions about H3707, contact Erica Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 803.354.4793.
Municipal parking bill remains on the Senate calendar
S40, sponsored by Sen. Larry Grooms, prohibits a municipality from altering or establishing parking facilities on any state highway without the SC Department of Transportation's prior approval. The bill is on the Senate contested calendar with Sens. Bennett and Hutto opposing the bill, keeping it on the contested calendar for now.
For questions about this bill, contact Scott Slatton (email@example.com) at 803.933.1203.
Stay in Touch
The Municipal Association legislative team is on Twitter. Follow Scott Slatton (@ScottMuniSC), Joannie Nickel (@JoannieMuniSC) and Erica Wright (@EricaMuniSC) for updates from the State House. Also follow the Association at @MuniAssnSC.