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It may be quiet over at the Statehouse this week... but the Chamber is buzzing with what’s to come now that spring has finally sprung! Here’s a look at what’s in store:
Chamber Members to take #scbiz to Capitol Hill… This week we announced a new #Chamber event: SC DC Day! We’ll hear from policy experts on issues facing business in our state, get updates from House and Senate leadership on political and legislative issues facing our country, and connect face to face with our own South Carolina delegation. Join us April 26!
SC Business Week is back! Business Week offers high school students the unique opportunity to interact with SC business leaders and peers to learn more about the ins and outs of a successful career. Want to make an impact on the future of #scbiz? Click here for more information on how you and your company can sponsor this event.
Know a driven high school student interested in business? Send them our way! Applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year, be recommended by their guidance counselors, rank academically in the top one-third of their class, and have demonstrated leadership skills through school and community activities. Applications can be accessed here.
Click to see pictures from last year’s Business Week Scholarship Awards

Last chance to be The Best... TODAY is the final day to nominate a company for Best Places to Work in SC. Submit an application here and see highlight video from last year's award ceremony here.
Wednesday, May 4 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
The Salute connects small business contractors with state, federal and private procurement officials, features a lively exhibitor area and recognizes the winners of the Small Business Week awards.
Statehouse Update:  The Senate returns Tuesday to begin another round of debate on Ethics Reform and to continue the early stages of its budget deliberations in Senate Finance Subcommittees. Though the House will remain out of session, we have our eye on a special House meeting scheduled for Thursday. The House Ad Hoc Committee on Transportation Infrastructure will meet  April 7th to hear from SCDOT officials and to receive an update on the legislative audit of DOT. We'll be sure to keep you updated. #FixSCRoads

Candidate filing for all state House and state Senate seats, along with all U.S. House seats and the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Tim Scott closed Wednesday at noon. Primary elections will be held on June 14, 2016. Necessary runoff elections will follow June 28th and the General Election will take place on November 8th. The Chamber will be focused on sending pro-business candidates to the General Assembly.
Bills on our radar:

S.868 – Eminent Domain for Pipeline Companies
Summary: This bill as amended prohibits condemnation authority by a specific energy industry sector. 

Chamber Position: The SC Chamber testified in opposition to an amendment approved by subcommittee which sets a precedent for singling out a specific industry sector and has the potential to limit future energy infrastructure development in South Carolina.

STATUS UPDATEThe bill currently resides in the House Judiciary Committee. However, as a result of the Georgia State Legislature’s actions regarding eminent domain authority and restrictions on environmental permits issued for petroleum pipeline projects, Kinder Morgan has decided to indefinitely suspend further work on the $1 Billion Palmetto Pipeline project.   

H.5109 – South Carolina Business License Tax Standardization Act
Summary: This bill aims to streamline the process for obtaining a business license within South Carolina cities and towns

Chamber Position: Actively pursuing amendments to improve the legislation

STATUS UPDATE: Now currently residing in House LCI Committee

H.4967 - Business License Compliance Reform Act
Summary: This bill simplifies and reforms the business license tax process

Chamber Position: Actively pursuing amendments to improve the legislation

STATUS UPDATE: Now currently residing in House LCI Committee

*Business Licensing Reform is a top priority for the Chamber as detailed in our 2016 Competitiveness Agenda

H.4717 – S.C. Farm Aid Fund
Summary: This bill allows farmers with total crop losses of 40% or greater from the flood to be eligible for a limited state grant.

Chamber Position: Support

STATUS UPDATE: Currently on Senate Calendar

H.3147 -  Military Retirement Income Tax Exemption
Summary: This bill seeks to eliminate income tax on military retirement income in South Carolina

Chamber Position: Support

STATUS: Passed out of Senate Finance Committee favorably as amended



  • Doctors Care opens new location in Lexington…
  • First Citizens remodeled Charleston main office reopens
  • BMW sponsors tree planting in honor of Earth Day…
  • Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group debuts partnership…
  • Santee Cooper launching community solar project…
  • Dominion Carolina plans $119M gas pipeline project…
  • Google to add free Wi-Fi access at Moncks Corner Ballpark…
  • Summerville Chamber to host LinkedIn seminar April 26
  • WellCare to sponsor the 2016 Hip-Hop Family Day to Support Community-based Organizations in Columbia April 9. Learn more here
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AT&T | Bank of America | BB&T of South Carolina | Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. |  

Kinder Morgan | Michelin North America, Inc. | Milliken & Company | Nexsen Pruet, LLC | 
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. | Santee Cooper | Sonoco | Wells Fargo

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