​From the Dome to Your Home

The Senate met in regular session this week debating bills on the calendar and meeting in subcommittees and committees. Senators spent a majority of time on the floor debating an education savings account bill.  

The House of Representatives was on furlough this week and will return on Tuesday, March 29, at noon.  

Service fees bill passed out of Senate subcommittee 
S984, the bill that requires any service or user fee to be used to the nonexclusive benefit of the payers, passed favorably out of the Senate Finance Sales and Income Tax subcommittee on Tuesday. This bill was introduced in response to the Burns vs. Greenville County Council court ruling that prohibited local governments from charging road maintenance fees and telecommunications fees to make improvements to roads and public safety communications.  

Next week, this bill goes to the full Senate Finance Committee for debate. For questions about this bill, contact Joannie Nickel ( 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.