S.C. CHAMBER ORGANIZATIONS RECOGNIZED WITH NATIONAL HONORS: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored the S.C. Chamber of Commerce as “Accredited with Distinction” and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce as “Accredited with 5 Stars” for excellence in planning and performance and for having a positive impact on the state. The U.S. Chamber accreditation program recognizes excellence in chamber planning and performance. To achieve accreditation, a chamber must demonstrate quality programs, clear organizational procedures, and effective communications by meeting minimum operation and program standards in the areas of governance, program development, government affairs, and technology. Local and regional chambers are rated “Accredited,” “Accredited with 3 Stars,” “Accredited with 4 Stars,” or “Accredited with 5 Stars.” State chambers are rated “Accredited State Chamber,” or “Accredited State Chamber with Distinction.” The final determination is made by the accrediting board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members, and chamber CEOs from across the country. Read about these chamber honors here.
PRESIDENT & CEO TED PITTS: “When we work together – business leaders, policy makers, public servants – we win, and these awards are proof of that. We’re proud of our team here at the Chamber, but we’re even prouder of our members and the impact they have across the state – their success continues to be our success. We are also proud of our partners at the Charleston Metro Chamber. The impact they have on their region is truly amazing.”
DIVERSITY SURVEY: The S.C. Chamber of Commerce Diversity Council works to assist our membership in strengthening and sustaining the work of diversity & inclusion. In order to be effective we would like to get your input, please click HERE to take the survey. All responses are confidential and the survey takes just a moment to complete. Thanks for your help with this!
SCDC DAY SLATED FOR APRIL 4: This event, presented by AT&T, provides the opportunity to meet face-to-face with South Carolina’s Congressional delegation as well as members from the United States Senate and House of Representatives leadership team on Capitol Hill to discuss important federal issues impacting South Carolina's business community. The following members are currently scheduled to attend: Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator John Thune, Congressman Mark Sanford, Congressman Joe Wilson, Congressman Jeff Duncan, Congressman Jim Clyburn, and Congressman Tom Rice. We expect others to confirm soon! This is a not-to-be-missed event! Call Sunny Philips at 803.255.2543 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
APRIL LUNCH & LEARN - IMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE: S.C. Chamber’s Lunch & Learn series offers your business and your team the opportunity to stay on top of current changes in the field and to keep your personnel certifications up to date. To sign up for April's IMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE Lunch & Learn click here.
S.105 - Automatic Stay (Rankin)
This bill removes indefinite automatic stay. Status: Received favorable report from Senate Judiciary on 2/21 as amended → Moves to Senate floor → Received 2nd Reading on 3/8 by a vote of 26-6 → Read third time 3/9 → Moves to House. Chamber Position: Support bill as approved by Senate Judiciary Committee
S.218 – Employee Benefits (Massey)
This bill reserves the right to establish and mandate employee benefits to the General Assembly. Status: Passed the Senate by a vote of 32-8 on 2/8 → moves to the House → referred to House LCI Committee → Received favorable report from House LCI Business & Commerce Subcommittee on 2/22 → Moves to full House LCI Committee → Passed out of full House LCI on 3/7 → On the House floor. Chamber Position: Support
S.323 - Nuisance Suits (Campbell)
This bill protects manufacturers and industrial facilities from nuisance-related lawsuits. Status: Introduced 1/31 and referred to Senate LCI Committee → carried over on 2/15 → Received favorable report from Senate LCI Regulatory and Local Government Subcommittee on 3/8 → Received favorable report from full Senate LCI on 3/9 → Moves to Senate floor. Chamber Position: Support
H.3220 – EEDA Coordinating Council (Allison)
This bill reestablishes the Education & Economic Development Coordinating Council, a collaborative effort between the education and business communities to strengthen our state’s workforce. Status: Passed by the House and sent to the Senate on 2/1, where it was referred to the Senate Education Committee → Carried over by Senate Education K-12 subcommittee on 3/1 to the March 15th agenda. Chamber Position: Support
H.3358 - Real ID (Willis)
This bill aims to update South Carolina driver’s licenses in order to comply with federal law. Status: Resides in the House. Vote scoring letter submitted 2/28. Received second reading in the House by a vote of 100-3 on 3/2, Passed House 3/7 → Moves to Senate → Passed unanimously out of Senate Transportation Subcommittee Thursday 3/9 → Moves to full Senate Transportation Committee. Chamber Position: Support
H.3516 – Infrastructure Funding (Simrill)
House Majority Leader Gary Simrill introduced this legislation which raises $600 million in recurring, sustainable revenue to fix our roads and bridges. Status: Passed the House by a vote of 97-18 on 3/1 → Moves to the Senate → Passed out of Senate Finance Special Transportation Subcommittee on 3/8 → Moves to full Senate Finance. Chamber Position: Support
H.3529 – Auxiliary Containers (Bedingfield)
This bill requires that regulations regarding the use of auxiliary containers, including plastic bags, may be done only by the General Assembly. Status: House LCI Committee met 2/15 and the bill received a favorable report by a vote of 17-7 → Moves to House floor → Continued until 2018 on 3/8 by a vote of 50-49. Chamber Position: Support
H.3565 - Automatic Stay (Fry)
Removes indefinite automatic stay. Status: Amended and passed out of House Judiciary by a vote of 17-7 on 2/14 → On the House floor. Chamber Position: Support
H.3650 - Business Licensing (Sandifer)
This bill streamlines the business licensing fee process. Status: Introduced 2/2 and referred to House LCI Executive Subcommittee. Ted Pitts testified in support of the bill on 2/8 and the bill received a favorable report from the subcommittee. Received a favorable report from full House LCI Committee on 2/9 → Moves to the House floor → Recommitted to House LCI Committee on 3/1. Chamber Position: Support
H.3653 - Nuisance Suits (Forrester)
This bill protects manufacturers and industrial facilities from nuisance-related lawsuits. Status: Received a favorable report from the House LCI Real Estate Subcommittee on 2/16 by a vote of 5-0 → Moves to full House LCI → Received favorable report from House LCI on 3/7 → On the House floor. Chamber Position: Support