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The Senate Finance Committee met Tuesday and Wednesday to debate several bills, including business license legislation, and to adopt its version of the state budget. Neither chamber met in session this week.

State Budget

The Senate Finance Committee finalized its version of the state budget Wednesday. This version includes an additional $11.7 million in the Local Government Fund, which meets the new calculation requirements passed into law in 2019. The committee also included $500,000 for post-traumatic stress disorder recovery expenses for first responders and extended the ability of public employment retirees to return to work without being subject to the retirement earnings cap if they are working in response to the pandemic.

Committee members added a proviso to the budget that requires the SC Office of the State Treasurer to distribute Local Government Fund money to cities and towns that is being withheld because of delinquent financial audits. The proviso also establishes a committee to develop audit requirements for small towns and directs the state auditor to issue a statewide contract with a list of auditors to offer auditing services to cities and towns. 

The committee also adopted a proposal to distribute the remaining money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. The majority of the funds would go directly to the unemployment trust fund and COVID-19 testing with nonprofits, businesses and other entities receiving the remaining money. 

The full Senate will debate the Senate Finance Committee’s version of the budget next week when members return to Columbia for session. For questions about the Senate Finance Committee version of the budget, contact Melissa Harrill (mharrill@masc.sc) at 803.933.1251.


Business License Bill Passes Senate Finance Committee

H4431, the business license bill that was amended and passed by the House, was amended and passed favorably out of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. The amendment changes the effective date to January 1, 2022. Please contact your senators and ask them to support H4431 when it comes up for debate next week in the Senate. For questions about H4431, contact Scott Slatton (sslatton@masc.sc) at 803.933.1203. 


COVID-19 Resources

The Municipal Association has a webpage dedicated to resources and information about the coronavirus, including videocasts on local government operations and model ordinances. If you have any questions about governing during a state of emergency or the governor’s executive orders, please contact your field services manager Charlie Barrineau (cbarrineau@masc.sc) at 803.479.9105 or Jeff Shacker (jshacker@masc.sc) at 803.479.9103.