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From the Dome to Your Home

The SC General Assembly convened on Tuesday, January 14 for the second half of a two-year legislative session. The business license bill, H4431, is scheduled for a subcommittee hearing on Wednesday in a House subcommittee, while senators began debate on the education bill.

Business License Bill in Subcommittee
H4431, the bill introduced last session that strips authority from cities and towns to collect a business license, is scheduled for a special House Labor, Commerce and Industry Business License Fees Ad Hoc subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, January 22, at 9 a.m. in room 403 of the Blatt Building.

The following House members are members of the ad hoc subcommittee:
Rep. Craig Gagnon (R-Abbeville and Anderson counties)
Rep. Carl Anderson (D-Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties)
Rep. Bart Blackwell (R-Aiken County)
Rep. William Cogswell (R-Charleston County)
Rep. Chandra Dillard (D-Greenville County)
Rep. Mike Forrester (R-Spartanburg County)
Rep. Joe Jefferson (D-Berkeley and Dorchester counties)
Rep. Russell Ott (D-Calhoun, Lexington and Orangeburg counties)
Rep. Kit Spires (R-Lexington County)
Rep. Mac Toole (R- Lexington County)

If your representative is on this subcommittee, they need to hear from you before Wednesday. 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. If you need copies of the talking points, email Casey Fields (cfields@masc.sc) and she will email those to you.

The Municipal Association supports standardization of the business license process and opposes anything that reduces revenue to cities and towns. The Association has been negotiating standardization in good faith with the proponents of the bill and is committed to finding a resolution that's best for cities and businesses.

For questions on H4431, contact Scott Slatton (sslatton@masc.sc) at 803.933.1203.

House Ways and Means Constitutional Subcommittee Meets on Local Government Fund
The House Ways and Means Constitutional subcommittee met on Tuesday afternoon and heard testimony from the Municipal Association and the SC Association of Counties on the Local Government Fund. The subcommittee members are Bruce Bannister (chairman, R-Greenville), Nathan Ballentine (R-Lexington, Richland) and Mike Sottile (R-Charleston).

Melissa Harrill testified on behalf of cities and towns and thanked subcommittee members for passing the new law that provides a more reliable amount in the fund. For information on the LGF, contact Melissa (mharrill@masc.sc) at 803.933.1251.

Hometown Legislative Action Day 2020
Hometown Legislative Action Day is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at the Marriott in Columbia. Registration and hotel information are available now. The preregistration deadline is January 23.

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.