From SC Policy Council:

The Statehouse calendar’s getting more crowded, and bills are making their way through the legislature. Here’s what we think you need to know.

Meetings

For the most up to date information on committee meetings click here for the Senate and here for the House.

Tuesday

  • House – Ways and Means subcommitee (10:30 a.m.): H.3516 – legislation to raise the gas tax and numerous other fees
  • House – Judiciary committee (2:30 p.m. or 1 ½ hours after House adjournment): H.3352 – Legislation to create a judicial branch to hear FOIA complaints

Wednesday

  • Joint Committee on Pension Systems Review (2:00 p.m. or 1 hour after Senate adjournment) – discussion on addressing the pension deficit

Thursday

  • Senate – Judiciary subcommittee (9:00 a.m.): S.115, S.116, S.126 – bills to mandate an alcohol server education program and alcohol server licensing.
Legislation

H.3529 would require that any regulation dealing with “auxiliary containers” (bags, cups, packages, etc.) may only originate in the General Assembly, and would not allow counties and municipalities establish their own regulations.

Two bills – H.3036 and H.3146 – would both create a measure of accountability in education by making the education superintendent appointed by the governor. These bills are on the House calendar this week.

H. 3204 would require that the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, the legislatively controlled panel that approves judicial nominees, release the names of all the qualified candidates not just the top three. This bill is on the House calendar.

S.310, a local bill allowing the town of Camden to annex a specific piece of property without the consent of the owner, passed the Senate last week. This bill attempts to expand the already substantial powers of government entities to exercise eminent domain, and it will not go through the committee process as it is a local bill.

S. 214 would require internet based retailers to remit sales tax to the Department of Revenue as though they were brick-and-mortar locations in South Carolina. The bill received second reading in the Senate last week. The Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office notes in its statement of economic impact that, “based on the mixed success experienced in other states to similar enacted click-through legislation, we do not anticipate that South Carolina will realize any appreciable increase in sales and use tax revenue from the enactment of this bill in FY 2017-18.”

Who’s feeding your legislators?

Tuesday

  • SC Arts Alliance – Lunch
  • Department of Natural Resources – Evening Reception
  • SC Funeral Directors Association – Evening Reception

Wednesday

  • AARP South Carolina – Breakfast
  • South Carolina Association of Community Economic Development – Lunch
  • College of Charleston – Evening Reception

Thursday

  • State Farm Insurance Companies – Breakfast