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2017 Workforce Development Symposium Features Volvo SC Leader, Workforce Re-Integration Discussion & 2017 Workforce Innovator Awards… This week, the Chamber partnered with SCDEW and SWDB for a two-day Workforce Development Symposium, which brought together South Carolina business leaders, educators, and state officials. Panel topics ranged from building the talent pipeline, integrating ex-offenders into the workforce, rethinking recruitment and more. Katarina Fjording of Volvo delivered the keynote speech at the luncheon where the Chamber honored our 2017 Workforce Innovator Award winners and shared an update on the progress at the new Berkeley County Volvo plant. Click here to see all of the pictures from #WDS2017!

Missed the Symposium? Get all of the information you need to know in our 2017 Workforce & Jobs Report! In the just-released report, you can find initiatives for preparing South Carolina’s workforce, trends in the tire and manufacturing industries, and workforce statistics and analysis from the experts. Click here to read now!

Road-Funding Plan Advances to House Floor… Chamber-supported infrastructure bill H.3516 passed out of the Ways & Means Committee Thursday by a resounding vote of 20-0.  The bill now heads to the House floor where members are expected to deliberate it next week. This is a critical step in securing sustainable, recurring funding our roads and bridges and the Chamber applauds the members of the Ways & Means Committee for advancing the bill.

FYI: SC Logistics Launches New Website, Social media for South Carolina’s Logistics Industry… South Carolina’s logistics industry has new ways to connect and to market itself on the global stage.  SC Logistics, an industry cluster supported by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, has launched a new website and LinkedIn company page. These new and improved platforms provide the latest information on the logistics industry, in addition to a searchable map of logistics providers located inside the state. Check it out!

SC Chamber Signs Letter to U.S. Senate Supporting the Regulatory Accountability Act… On Monday, The SC Chamber joined the US Chamber and 616 co-signers from all 50 states urging the Senate to consider and pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA). The letter, addressed to Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer, states that federal regulation should be, “narrowly tailored, supported by strong and credible data and evidence, and impose the least burden possible, while implementing congressional intent.” Click here to read the letter in full.

Bills We're Watching:
S.27 – State Superintendent of Education (Campsen)
This bill provides enabling legislation for S.137, an effort to amend the constitution to allow the Governor to appoint the Superintendent of Education. This bill also provides for the qualifications and terms of the position.
Status:By a vote of 39-0, the Senate passed S.27 on 2/2 → moves to House → referred to House Judiciary Committee on 2/7.  
Chamber Position: Support
S.105 - Automatic Stay (Rankin)
Removes indefinite stays of permits and provides that a bond may be required of those requesting the stay to cover losses and expenses incurred while an injunction is in effect.
Status: Carried over by Senate Judiciary on 2/7.
Chamber Position: Support
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.
Chamber Position: Support
H.3029 - Freedom of Employment Contract Act (Cobb-Hunter)
This bill would repeal South Carolina’s Right to Work laws.
Status: Referred to House LCI Committee. Scheduled for Business & Commerce Subcommittee hearing on 2/14.
Chamber Position: Oppose
H.3036 – Superintendent of Education (Delleney)
This bill provides enabling legislation for H.3146, an effort to amend the constitution to allow the Governor to appoint the Superintendent of Education. This bill also provides for the qualifications and terms of the position.
Status: Resides in the House, debate adjourned 2/9. Vote scoring letter submitted 1/31.
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: Received a favorable report from House EPW Motor Vehicles Subcommittee on 1/31 → moves to full House Education & Public Works Committee →  recieved favorable report. Now heads to House floor.
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: The bill passed favorably as amended by the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on 2/7 and moved on to the full House Ways & Means Committee.The amendment to Section 1 creates the “Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund.” This fund is intended to make sure any new revenue generated by this legislation is not subject to any other maintenance besides road maintenance. Rep. Simrill elaborated that the fund is strictly for “expansion, maintenance, and improvements to existing roads.” The amendment to Section 2 cleans up language and gives the DOT final say on when/if funds are transferred to other entities. Rep. Simrill stated this is to provide a “clear line of authority for DOT.” The bill received a favorable report from House Ways & Means on 2/9 → Moves to House floor.
Chamber Position: Support
H.3529 – Auxiliary Containers (Bedingfield)
This bill requires that regulations regarding the use of auxiliary containers, including bans on plastic bags, may be done only by the General Assembly.
Status: House LCI Committee reported favorably on 2/2 → Resides on House Calendar for debate.
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.
Chamber Position: Support



  • Electric Guard Dog to move to USC’s Innovation Center, create 60 jobs…
  • BMW invests in Cherokee County STEM…
  • South Carolina Electric and Gas places first steam generator at nuclear plant…
  • Duke Energy reports 2016 donations of $2.8M…
  • GHS, Clemson expand nursing partnership…
  • Greenville Chamber annual meeting honors businesses, individuals…
  • Piedmont Tech receives workforce grant...
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