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​From the Dome to Your Home

The House of Representatives debated and adopted its version of the FY 2021-2022 state budget, while the Senate met in regular session and worked through bills on the calendar. House members adopted the budget on Wednesday morning and adjourned for the week.

The House of Representatives will reconvene at noon on Tuesday, April 6, after a week-long furlough. The Senate will be in session next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will not meet in session on Thursday. 

House of Representatives adopts budget
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives adopted its version of the FY 2021-2022 state budget. Included in the final House version of the budget are the following items:
  • The House budget adds $17.6 million to the Local Government Fund base amount. House members fully funded the LGF at 2.54% for FY 2021-2022 according to the new LGF formula, which passed into law in 2019. Included in the total amount is an additional 5% to make up for last year’s allocation, since a budget was not adopted for FY 2020-2021. 
  • In 2020, the General Assembly adopted Act 168 which established, but did not fund, a plan to provide a supplemental insurance policy for South Carolina firefighters diagnosed with cancer.  The House’s proposed FY 2021-2022 budget includes $3.7 million for the program. 
  • The House budget also includes $500,000 in recurring funds for post-traumatic stress disorder treatment services for first responders. This is an item that has been included in the budget since 2016, but it was funded with non-recurring money. $250,000 is allocated to the SC Law Enforcement Assistance Program for police officers, and $250,000 is allocated to the SC First Responders Assistance and Support Team for firefighters. 
  • The 1% credit for employers’ retirement system contributions is again funded in the House FY 2021-2022 budget.
  • Proviso 113.cps authorizes a county to use excess, unexpired capital project sales tax collections to fund road improvements, intersection improvements and pedestrian transportation. Before the tax expires, the county must adopt an ordinance that specifies how the funds will be used.  
  • Proviso 118.rrf uses $50 million in nonrecurring funds for a Disaster Relief and Resilience Reserve Fund. The fund would help state and local governments with non-federally-funded disaster expenses.
Next, the budget goes to the Senate Finance Committee for debate. Senate Finance subcommittees are meeting and plan to take recommendations to the full committee during the week of April 13. For questions about the budget, contact Joannie Nickel (jnickel@masc.sc) at 803.354.4794.

Municipal parking bill remains on the Senate calendar
S40, sponsored by Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley), prohibits a municipality from altering or establishing parking facilities on any state highway without the SC Department of Transportation's prior approval. Sens. Sean Bennett (R-Dorchester) and Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg) are opposing the bill, keeping it on the Senate contested calendar for now. However, the SC Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office has requested information about the fiscal impact the bill would have on parking systems operated by barrier island communities.

For questions about this bill, 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