From the Dome to Your Home

The Senate and House of Representatives met in extended session on Wednesday and Thursday to take up the state budget and other bills in conference committees. The House recognized members who lost their party primary.

Abandoned buildings tax credit bill adopted by the House and Senate
S1043 extends the abandoned buildings tax credit until 2021. Passed in 2013, the Act created an incentive to rehabilitate, renovate and redevelop abandoned buildings in South Carolina. S1043 will ensure the incentive remains in place to give developers certainty for future projects planned after the incentive's current sunset in 2019.

House and Senate members adopted the conference report on Thursday sending the bill to the governor for his signature or veto. For information on this bill, contact Melissa Carter ( at 803.933.1251.
Local accommodations flexibility bill stays in conference committee
S917, the bill that allows state and local accommodations and local hospitality tax revenue to be used to control and repair flooding and drainage on tourism-related lands, was placed in conference committee in May. The House and Senate conferees did not meet, so neither the House nor the Senate could take up the bill before they adjourned.
Senators Davis, Goldfinch and Scott and Representatives Pitts, Finlay and Crawford served on the conference committee.
For information on this bill, contact Melissa Carter ( at 803.933.1251.
House and Senate adopt the budget
Budget conference committee conferees Senators Leatherman, Matthews and Bennett and Representatives White, Cole and Clyburn came to an agreement this week on the budget and the House and Senate adopted the conference report on Thursday.
The proviso that removed the salary cap for retirees that was included in the House version of the budget did not make it in the final version of the budget. Also, money used to cover the out of pocket expenses related to post traumatic stress disorder treatment for first responders was not funded in the budget this year. Funding was included in last year's budget.
Included in the final version of the budget:

  • Beach renourishment funded at $11 million.
  • The 1 percent pension employer contribution credit funded in the FY 2018 budget is again funded in the FY 2019 budget.

 Provisos adopted in the final version of the budget:

  • Allows the S.C. Department of Transportation to use federal-aid funds to relocate water and sewer lines in compliance with federal guidelines.
  • Requires the SC State Law Enforcement Division to determine if municipalities are inhibiting their employees' attempts to comply with state or federal laws requiring that they check the immigration status of people applying for various public services. It also requires SLED to determine if municipal law enforcement officials are checking the immigration status of suspected illegal aliens. Municipalities that SLED does not certify as "compliant" will lose undisbursed portions of their Local Government Fund allocation.
  • Requires cities and towns to perform national background checks and fingerprint employees with access to federal tax information.  

 For questions on the budget, contact Melissa Carter ( at 803.933.1251.

Stay in Touch
The Municipal Association legislative team has been on Twitter this session bringing you updates from the State House lobby and committee and subcommittee meetings. Follow Melissa Carter (@MelissaMuniSC), Scott Slatton (@ScottMuniSC) and Tiger Wells (@TigerMuniSC) on Twitter for updates. Also follow the Association at @MuniAssnSC. Read the week's featured tweet from the State House.
Weekly bill introductions
There were no bills introduced this week.

Committee action
There were no bills heard in subcommittees and committees this week.

Year-end legislative report
The year-end legislative report will be available at the Annual Meeting that will summarize all passed bills impacting cities and towns.

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Weekly legislative action