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​From the Dome to Your Home

The SC General Assembly met in regular session this week. The House of Representatives debated bills on the calendar in preparation for budget debate beginning on Monday. The Senate debated a resolution to call for a convention of the states, as well as comprehensive tax cuts.  

Law enforcement reform bill moves out of subcommittee 
H3050, the law enforcement reform bill that previously passed the House of Representatives, passed out of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee this week. Subcommittee members gave the bill a favorable report and adopted several amendments. In addition to changing the implementation of minimum standards by local law enforcement agencies until January 2023, the amendments add failure to cooperate with any order or action by the Law Enforcement Training Council to the definition of misconduct. The amendment also further defines "choke hold" and "carotid hold," and authorizes the Law Enforcement Training Council to hold the certification of officers at noncompliant agencies in abeyance, as opposed to full suspension. Next, the bill goes to the full Senate Judiciary Committee for debate.  

Law enforcement reform is one of the Municipal Association's 2021 – 2022 Advocacy Initiatives. Association staff have been working with other law enforcement stakeholders for over a year on this legislation. For questions about H3050, contact Erica Wright (ewright@masc.sc) at 803.354.4793. 

House begins budget debate on Monday 
The House of Representatives begins debate on the House Ways and Means Committee's version of the budget Monday at 1 p.m. House members will debate the committee version of the budget that allocates the state's $38.2 billion in recurring, non-recurring and federal funds for FY 2022-2023. Association staff will be watching the budget very closely for amendments that harm cities and towns.  

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

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. Listen to the City Quick Connect podcast every Friday for details on the week's legislative activities and in-depth discussion on bills and action by the General Assembly.