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​From the Dome to Your Home

Hometown Legislative Action Day brought hundreds of municipal officials to Columbia to advocate for cities and towns. Mayors, councilmembers and municipal staff members flooded the State House advocating for standardization of the business license tax that is fair to both cities and businesses.

The SC General Assembly met in regular session this week. The House of Representatives worked through bills on the calendar, while the Senate continued debate on its version of the education reform bill. House and Senate members left early on Thursday because of severe weather. The Senate plans to meet earlier than scheduled on Tuesday to continue debating the education reform bill.

Business License Bill Update
Municipal Association staff continue to meet with legislators and stakeholders to negotiate on H4431, the business license bill. There was a House Labor, Commerce and Industry Business License Fees Ad Hoc subcommittee scheduled for Wednesday, but the meeting was postponed to give stakeholders more time to work on the bill.

The Municipal Association supports standardization of the business license process. The Association has been negotiating standardization in good faith with the proponents of the bill and is committed to finding a resolution that’s fair for cities and businesses.

If you have a member on the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Business License Fees Ad Hoc subcommittee, please continue to call them and support standardization. If your House member is listed as a sponsor on the bill, please call them and ask them to remove their name as a sponsor. Also, talk to your House member and ask them to support standardization.

If you need copies of the talking points, email Casey Fields (cfields@masc.sc) and she will email those to you. For questions on H4431, contact Scott Slatton (sslatton@masc.sc) at 803.933.1203.

Small Cell Wireless Bill in Subcommittee
A Senate Judiciary subcommittee heard testimony on H4262, the SC Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act, on Thursday morning. Interested parties testified both in favor and against the bill. The City of Myrtle Beach and AT&T testified that negotiations are continuing to ensure that the bill does not preempt local governments from regulating small wireless facilities. For information on this bill, contact Scott Slatton (sslatton@masc.sc) at 803.933.1203.

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 Harrill (
@MelissaMuniSC) and Scott Slatton (@ScottMuniSC) on Twitter for updates. Also follow the Association at @MuniAssnSC.