SCDC DAY - HUGE SUCCESS: Employers large and small from across South Carolina had an opportunity to talk to lawmakers and policy experts about how federal issues impact the business community when they visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday for the S.C. Chamber of Commerce’s second annual SCDC Day presented by AT&T. South Carolina’s entire congressional delegation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce staff participated in SCDC Day along with U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and John Thune (R-S.D.).
SEATING IS LIMITED! SIGN UP FOR IMMIGRATION LUNCH & LEARN: Concerned about shifting immigration policy and its impact on your business? Attend this Lunch & Learn on April 26 for updates on both federal and state policies and enforcement issues from the attorneys of Ogletree Deakins. Seating is limited, and time is running out to sign up. Lunch & Learn registration information is available here.
DATE CHANGE - ENVIRONMENTAL ENERGY FORUM: The Chamber's Environmental Energy Forum Presented by SCE&G will be held on June 20, 2017. Regulations and recordkeeping requirements in the environmental and energy sectors impact businesses of all sizes, industries, and locations. This one-day conference spearheaded by our Environmental Technical Committee provides current information on EPA, DHEC, and other pertinent industry standards and regulations. For more information, visit our events page.
SENATE GOES ON VACATION: As Senators go on vacation next week, it's worth noting that they took a step in the right direction on Thursday when they agreed to start debating the roads bill upon their return. What the business community will continue to impress upon senators is that, with only 12 legislative days left this legislative session, the people of the state expect the Senate to do its job and pass the roads bill. The cost of doing nothing is too high. For more information on those costs, visit: The Cost of Losing.
LOCKDOWN YOUR LOGIN - WHY CYBER SECURITY MATTERS: Join SC Cyber and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) for a free workshop - brought to you by sponsors including the S.C. Chamber of Commerce - where you will learn from industry experts about why cyber security matters. Hear from U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, State Rep. Katie Arrington, representatives from the Federal Trade Commission and FBI, as well as other cyber security experts. Register for Lockdown Your Login here.
GOOD GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR RONNIE YOUNG IN HOUSE SPECIAL: The Good Government Committee, a non-partisan political action committee affiliated with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, announced its support for Ronnie Young in the House District 84 special election. Young has served on Aiken County Council for 26 years, including a stint as Council Chairman. “Growing Aiken County’s economy has been one of Ronnie Young’s highest priorities during three decades of service on the county council,” said the Good Government Committee said in a statement. “With Ronnie Young in the House, the citizens of Aiken County will have a fighter focused on improving their quality of life. Ronnie Young has a proven pro-business track record that makes him an easy choice in next week’s special election.” More information about the Good Government Committee is available here.
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S.105 - Automatic Stay (Rankin)
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 → Referred to House Judiciary Committee → Resides in House Judiciary Special Laws Subcommittee. Chamber Position: Monitoring
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 → Moved to the House floor → Passed the House on 3/22 by a vote of 73-29 → Ratified on 4/4 → Moves to the Governor for signature. Chamber Position: Support
S.534 - Education Accountability Act (Hembree)
The Education Accountability Act is a single statewide education accountability plant that meets federal accountability Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements. Status: Introduced 3/9 → Received favorable report as amended by Senate Education K-12 Subcommittee on 3/15 → Carried over by Senate Education Committee on 3/22 → Received favorable report as amended from Senate Education Committee on 3/29 → Moves to the Senate floor. Chamber Position: Support
H.3209 - Expungement of Criminal Records (Pope)
This bill addresses our state’s workforce shortage by improving pathways to employment for those previously incarcerated. The bill was amended to include perfecting language on expungements and to add employer liability protection. Status: Received a favorable report from House Judiciary Criminal Laws Subcommittee on 2/28 → Received a favorable report as amended by House Judiciary Committee on 3/29 by a vote of 16-4 → Moved to the House floor → Passed the House by a vote of 103-0 on 4/5 → Moves to Senate. Chamber Position: Support
H.3358 - Real ID (Willis)
Along with S.201, this bill aims to update South Carolina driver’s licenses in order to comply with federal law. Status: Passed in the House by a vote of 100-3 → Moves to Senate → Passed unanimously out of Senate Transportation Subcommittee 3/9 → Passed out of full Senate Transportation Committee on 3/15 → Moved to Senate floor → Amended & passed Senate on 3/22 by a vote of 40-0 → Moved to the House → the House concurred with Senate amendments by a vote of 100-3 on 3/29 → Bill ratified on 4/4 → Moves to Governor for signature. 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 → Passed out of full Senate Finance on 3/14 by a vote of 14-8 → Moved to Senate floor → Motion to set for Special Order failed on 3/29 by a vote of 23-18 → On the Senate floor. Chamber Position: Support
H.3809 - Birth Control (Finlay)
This bill requires individual and health insurance policies issued or renewed beginning in 2018 which provide coverage for contraceptives to provide reimbursement for a 12 month refill at one time after the insured has completed to initial supply of the prescription. Status: Introduced 2/21 → Received a favorable report from House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee on 3/22 → Moved to the House floor → Passed the House on 4/4 by a vote of 64-38 → Moved to the Senate → Referred to Senate Banking and Insurance Committee. Chamber Position: Monitoring
H.3969 - Education Accountability Act (Felder)
The Education Accountability Act is a single statewide education accountability plan that meets federal accountability Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements. Status: Introduced 3/13 → Received favorable report as amended by the House Education & Public Works Committee on 3/28 → Moved to House floor → Passed House on 4/5 by a vote of 104-5 → Moves to the Senate. Chamber Position: Support, but oppose any minimization of WorkKeys assessments.