From the Dome to Your Home
The House of Representatives met in regular session this week, while senators met only on Wednesday and Thursday. House and Senate members continued to hold subcommittee and committee meetings both in-person and virtually.
Legislators met in a joint assembly on Wednesday to elect judges in several races across the state. House members worked through bills on the calendar, while Senate members debated education and vaccine distribution bills. Senators confirmed the appointment of the new SC Department of Health and Environmental Control director, Edward Simmer.
Abandoned buildings tax credit extension on the Senate calendar
S271, the bill that extends the benefits of the Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act until December 2025, passed the Senate Finance Committee this week. The current act sunsets this December unless legislation is passed to extend it. Committee members adopted an amendment to the bill that adds language referencing intervening connectors. The amendment adds the sentence “separated by road or railroad” to the existing bill. The bill is now on the Senate calendar.
For questions about S271, contact Joannie Nickel (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 803.354.4794.
Municipal parking bill out of committee
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 Senate Transportation Committee gave this bill a favorable report on Wednesday. The bill is now 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.
Senate gives vaccine relief bill second reading
The Senate Finance Committee 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 and adds facility rentals as an allowable expense for vaccine events. Later in the week, the full Senate gave the bill second reading. Senators also agreed to hold over any amendments to the bill for third reading next week.
For questions about H3707, contact Erica Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 803.354.4793.
Hometown Legislative Action Week 2021 a success
To continue to stay safe and help stop the spread of coronavirus, the 2021 Hometown Legislative Action Week rolled out this week with online content released beginning on Monday. City and town officials can watch the videos from a laptop, smartphone or tablet, all through the Municipal Association’s website. For more information, 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.