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​From the Dome to Your Home

The Senate and the House of Representatives met in regular session this week and continued subcommittee and committee meetings. The Senate debated and adopted abortion legislation while the House passed bills for additional COVID-19 vaccine funding and reform of Santee Cooper. 

The House will be in regular session next week. The Senate will not be in session on Tuesday to allow the Senate Medical Affairs Committee to conduct hearings for the nominee for SC Department of Health and Environmental Control director. Senators will reconvene on Wednesday. 

Abandoned buildings tax credit extension approved by subcommittee
S271, the bill that extends the benefits of the Abandoned Buildings Revitalization Act until December 2025, passed the Senate Finance Sales and Income Tax subcommittee on Wednesday. The current act sunsets this December unless legislation is passed to extend it. Next, the full Senate Finance Committee will consider the legislation. 

For questions about S271, contact Joannie Nickel (jnickel@masc.sc) at 803.354.4794.

Municipal parking bill out of subcommittee
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. A Senate Transportation subcommittee debated this bill on Tuesday morning. Scott Slatton, director of advocacy and communications for the Municipal Association, testified against the bill. The subcommittee members, Sens. Sean Bennett (chairman), Gerald Malloy, Greg Hembree, Thomas McElveen and Wes Climer, gave the bill a favorable report and sent it to the full Senate Transportation Committee. 

For questions about this bill, contact Scott Slatton (sslatton@masc.sc) at 803.933.1203. 

House passes vaccine relief bill
The House Ways and Means Committee met on Monday afternoon to consider a bill that would transfer $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. The committee passed H3707 and the full House of Representatives gave the bill third reading on Thursday. Next, the Senate Finance Committee will consider the legislation. H3707 also establishes a $100 million vaccine reserve account.

For questions about H3707, contact Erica Wright (ewright@masc.sc) at 803.354.4793.

Hometown Legislative Action Week 2021 begins Monday
To continue to stay safe and help stop the spread of coronavirus, the 2021 Hometown Legislative Action Week will be an ongoing virtual event, with content being released beginning Monday, February 1. City and town officials can watch the videos from a laptop, smartphone or tablet, all through the Municipal Association’s website. Register for the daily advocacy content online. For more information, 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.