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​From the Dome to Your Home

The Senate and House of Representatives met in regular session this week. House members debated bills related to education and abortion, while senators debated the COVID-19 liability bill and a bond bill for additional funds for ports. 

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. 

Vaccine relief bill ratified 
The House agreed to the Senate amendments on 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. The amendment also requires recipients of funds from the vaccine reserve account to provide a detailed accounting of expenditures to DHEC. House members agreed to the Senate amendments in an effort to get the bill to the governor’s desk for his signature and the funding distributed. 

For questions about H3707, contact Erica Wright (ewright@masc.sc) 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. Sens. Bennett and Hutto are opposing the bill, keeping it on the Senate contested calendar for now.

For questions about this bill, contact Scott Slatton (sslatton@masc.sc) 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.