​From the Dome to Your Home

The House of Representatives and the Senate met in regular session this week. House members worked through bills on the calendar and debated a death penalty bill, while the Senate worked through its calendar and spent a majority of the week debating a bill allowing the open carry of guns. There are three days left in the regular 2021 legislative session.  

The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee is working on the Senate amendments to the state’s FY 2022 budget. Bills dealing with law enforcement reform and municipal parking remain on the House contested calendar for debate next week. The bill that reforms the state-owned utility Santee Cooper is in conference committee.  

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives will reconvene next week for the last week of the 2021 regular session. The sine die, or adjournment, resolution adopted by the House, but not yet by the Senate, allows legislators to return to Columbia in June to finish the budget and debate conference committee reports. After the June session, the legislature intends to return to Columbia to consider redistricting legislation.  

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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.