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January 27, 2017 Chamber Website   Facebook Twitter YouTube
Chamber President Ted Pitts presents Senator Nikki Setzler and Representative Gary Simrill each with a Business Advocate Award! 


Which Lawmakers Stand Up for Businesses? This week the South Carolina Chamber passed out our prestigious Business Advocate Awards.  Each lawmaker who scored a 90% or above on our  2016 Legislative Scorecard was given a coveted Chamber "Dome Award" to show our appreciation. During the Legislative Session the Chamber tracks votes on key business issues to determine the score of each member.  The issues last year included key votes on infrastructure, workforce development, Right to Work laws, and military retirement benefits to name a few.  To read a full list of who was honored with the Business Advocate Award click here.  

Boeing Workers Encourage Colleagues to Vote No...The NLRB is likely to announce election dates for a union soon according to IAM.  Joan Robinson-Berry, general manager of Boeing South Carolina, said, "The Company achieved an impressive list of accomplishments without the IAM.  A union is not in the best interests of our teammates, their families, and the state of South Carolina." Boeing employs about 2,850 production employees at the North Charleston plant.  To keep our state competitive the S.C. Chamber supports Boeing in asking workers to vote "No."  To read more click here.
 

Explore New Markets-New Money...With more than 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power located outside the United States, exporting is key!  With that in mind, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with the Spartanburg Chamber to host an Export Incentives Program Overview featuring representatives from the S.C. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Commerce who will share information about incentive programs that can help your company locate resources and identify opportunities.  The event is FREE and will be Thursday, Feb 2, at the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce from 9:00-Noon.  For more information to or register for the event click here.

Record Number of Workers...South Carolina’s employment numbers continue to grow, setting another record in December.  According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, in December the number of people working in our state increased to a record high of 2,208,923, more than 8,700 more than November. The number of unemployed is at its lowest level since April 2001. Lexington County is tied with Charleston for the lowest rate of unemployment in the state with 3.3%.


SCDC Day Announced... The SCDC Day has been set!  This April 4th, the Chamber will travel to Washington DC for face-to-face meetings with our South Carolina Delegation to discuss important federal issues impacting South Carolina's business community. If you are interested email Sunny Philips.

An Award is Waiting... All you have to do is apply!  Throughout the year the Chamber recognizes outstanding companies and individuals through several different awards and programs.  Right now nominations are open for Safety AwardsHR Professional of the Year, and Best Places to Work in South Carolina.  Applying is simple and can be done online.  Click here to see that your company gets the nod it deserves.  


We thank you for your investment and support as we work to make South Carolina the best place in the nation to live, work and do business.  

Bills To Watch
 
S.219 - SC Conservation Bank (Campsen)
This bill reauthorizes the SC Conservation Bank which focuses on maintaining our state’s natural resources, safeguarding drinking water, and preserving our history and culture. To date, the Bank has protected over 280,000 acres, hundreds of miles of rivers and creeks, created State parks, expanded hunting lands, and preserved countless jobs in industries relying on natural resources.
Status: Referred to Senate Finance Committee
Chamber Position: Support
 
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: Received favorable report from Senate Education Committee on Wednesday and moves to Senate floor.
Chamber Position: Support
 
S.54 – Infrastructure Funding (Bennett)
In December, Senator Sean Bennett pre-filed this comprehensive bill to generate more than $800 million in recurring, sustainable revenue for infrastructure improvements, coupled with a tax reduction of approximately $400 million through changes to individual income tax rates, manufacturing and business property taxes, and college tuition tax credits.
Status: Referred to Senate Finance Committee
Chamber Position: Support
 
S.137 – Superintendent of Education (Campsen)
This joint resolution amends the constitution to allow the Governor to appoint the Superintendent of Education.
Status: Status: Received a favorable report from Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and is on the Senate Calendar for debate.
Chamber Position: Support
 
S.218 – Employee Benefits (Massey)
This bill reserves the right to establish and mandate employee benefits to the General Assembly.
Status: S.218 passed out of Senate LCI unanimously Thursday without amendments → Moves to the Senate floor.  
Chamber Position: Support
 
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: The bill received a favorable report from House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and is currently on the House Calendar for debate.
 
 H.3146 – Superintendent of Education (Delleney)
This joint resolution amends the constitution to allow the Governor to appoint the Superintendent of Education.
Status: The bill received a favorable report from House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and is currently on the House Calendar for debate.

H.3220 – EEDA Coordinating Council (Allison)
This bill reestablishes the Education & Economic Development Coordinating Council, a collaborative effort between the education and business communities to strengthen our state’s workforce.
Status: The bill received a  favorable report from House Education & Public Works Committee on Wednesday and is currently on the House Calendar for debate.
Chamber Position: Support
 
H. 3221 – Statewide Fiscal Accountability (Allison)
This legislation requires the Department of Education to develop and adopt a statewide program for identifying fiscal practices and budgetary conditions.
Status: House Education & Public Works Committee met Wednesday. The bill received a favorable report and resides in the House; debate adjourned until Tuesday, 1/31.
Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3427 – Computer Science Education Initiative (Lucas)
This bill states that, beginning in fall 2018, public high schools and charter high schools will offer computer science coursework.  It also states that the State Board of Education will adopt grade appropriate standards for Computer Science coursework.
Status: The bill received a  favorable report from House Education & Public Works Committee on Wednesday and is currently on the House Calendar for debate.
Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3516 – Infrastructure Funding (Simrill)
House Majority Leader Gary Simrill introduced this legislation on Wednesday which raises $600 million in recurring, sustainable revenue to fix our roads and bridges.
Status: Referred to House Ways & Means Committee
Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3529 – Auxiliary Containers (Bedingfield)
This bill requires that regulations regarding the use of auxiliary containers, including plastic bags, may be done only by the General Assembly.
Status: House LCI Business and Commerce Subcommittee met Wednesday and gave the bill initial approval. Moves to full LCI Committee for consideration.
Chamber Position: Support
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