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January 15, 2016 Chamber Website   Facebook Twitter YouTube
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President Ted Pitts testified before the House Legislative Oversight Committee Wednesday about the need to reform the DOT as it relates to our comprehensive infrastructure strategy. Click below to watch his full testimony:


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January 26, 2016
REGISTER for a chance to help bring the Chamber's Competitiveness Agenda directly to elected leaders of the General Assembly. The event is January 26 at 4pm. Presented by Zeus Industrial Products
January 21, 2016
REGISTER for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition on Thursday, January 21 for a dynamic lunch discussion with Admiral Mike Mullen moderated by KT McFarland.
February 17-18, 2016
Join us for a discussion about the future of the South Carolina workforce! Register today! The deadline to book your hotel is January 27. Presented by Bank of America.
March 22, 2016
Think your company is the safest place in South Carolina to work? APPLY now to be honored at this year's Safety Awards. Deadline is February 1.
May 11-13, 2016
Each year, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the SC SHRM State Council recognize the state’s top Human Resources professional. Award applications and nominations are due by March 11!
February 1, 2016
We are partnering with NAM to showcase modern manufacturing in South Carolina and discuss workforce needs. REGISTER today for our event at Trident Tech! 

The 2016 Legislative Session is officially underway – Let’s #FixSCRoads! The General Assembly wasted no time getting to infrastructure…. State Chamber President Ted Pitts testified at the House Legislative Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday sharing the business community’s view of the necessity for DOT reform in order to restore accountability and transparency in the prioritization process and restore public trust in government. This is a main point of our 2016 Competiveness Agenda. 

Bills on our radar:

H.3430 – Addressing Unsafe Used Tires
This legislation prohibits the sale of unsafe used tires, and defines “unsafe,” whereas currently, no regulations exist in South Carolina to help ensure that used tires are indeed safe. This is a safety issue for vehicle drivers, occupants and others on the road. In keeping with our commitment to sustaining a competitive environment for businesses to grow and prosper, while ensuring the safety of our citizens, the Chamber supports the passage of H.3430 and is actively urging the Senate to do so with no further amendments..

Sponsors: Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley)
Summary: Seeks to repeal the termination of the Governor's authority to appoint the secretary of transportation found in Act. 114 and to extend the Governor's authority until further action by the General Assembly
Currently residing in the Senate Transportation Committee and set to be addressed next Wednesday
Chamber Position: Support

Sponsors: Sen. Larry Grooms (R-Berkeley), Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort), Sen. Chauncey Gregory (R-Lancaster), Sen. Harvey Peeler (R-Cherokee), Sen. Gerald Malloy (D-Darlington), Sen. Paul Campbell (R-Cherokee), Sen. Ray Cleary (R-Georgetown), Sen. Sean Bennett (R-Dorchester)
Summary: Seeks to delegate the responsibility of picking DOT Commissioners (including the Secretary) to the Governor, and to establish a division within the Office of Inspector General that is responsible for the internal audit function of the DOT.
Currently residing in the Senate Transportation Committee and set to be addressed next Wednesday

Chamber Position: Support

H. 4145
Sponsors: Reps. White, Clemmons, Goldfinch, Yow, W.J. McLeod, Horne, Murphy, Erickson, Duckworth, Gagnon, Gambrell, Hardwick, Jordan, Long, Lowe, Pitts, Sandifer, Thayer, Willis, Loftis, Alexander, Johnson and Whipper
Summary: Seeks to create a Coordinating Council for workforce development and to develop a comprehensive plan for workforce training.
Currently residing on the House floor and set to be given 2nd reading

Chamber Position: Support




  • Local tax professionals will host a free tax workshop for small business owners in N. Charleston on Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
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