122nd General Assembly sworn in Tuesday... The House and Senate convened this week for organizational meetings in order to elect officers and adopt rules for each body. Rep. Jay Lucas was re-elected as House Speaker, while Senator Hugh Leatherman was re-elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Though the House rules generally remained the same, the Senate adopted several changes. The Senate voted 28-18 to adopt new rules which include changes to meeting hours and other changes to facilitate a more efficient legislative process. These new Senate rules are intended to allow for more opportunities to consider legislation to address the critical issues facing our state, including infrastructure funding and building our workforce. They will be back on Tuesday, January 10th to formally begin the 2017-2018 Legislative Session.
You’re Invited to Business Speaks 2017! Business Speaks is the S.C. Chamber’s annual legislative session kick-off, including a staff-led statehouse tour, briefings with key S.C. Senate and S.C. House members, and a networking reception for attendees to meet and greet key legislators and staff. This event will be held Wednesday, January 18 at the S.C. Statehouse with a reception following at the Palmetto Club. Click here for more information and to secure your spot!
WIIN Act Passes U.S. House… The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act (WIIN), formerly known as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), on Thursday by a vote of 360-61. This legislation includes authorization for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project, which is crucial to the development of our ports and state economy. The Chamber applauds the S.C. delegation for their work on this important bill. The WIIN Act now moves over to the Senate for approval.
SBA To Close Two SC Business Recovery Centers... The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Friday that the Business Recovery Centers in Florence County and Horry County will close permanently on Tuesday, Dec. 13, which is also the last day to file a disaster loan application for physical damages. Businesses that sustained uninsured physical losses or economic injury due to Hurricane Matthew are encouraged to submit an SBA disaster loan application before this date. Please click here for more information.
Nominate Your Small Business for a Small Business Award! We’re partnering with the US Small Business Administration, the SC Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, and the SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership to recognize local small business leaders in several categories for the incredible impact they have on our state. Click here to nominate your small business or a small business in your community for an SBA Award. Deadline is January 10th.