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FINISH THE JOB ON ROADS: Momentum continued to build on Tuesday for lawmakers to finish the job and pass an infrastructure bill with dedicated funding. Members of the business community from across South Carolina, including S.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts, urged the State Senate to act as another report revealed the true cost of doing nothing. Check out what people are saying across the state. 
LOCKHEED MARTIN F-16 PRODUCTION MOVING TO GREENVILLE: "Lockheed Martin is moving production of its F-16 fighter jets to Greenville, creating about 250 jobs in two years, according to the company."  Read more in The Greenville News!

CHAMBER TO RECOGNIZE WORKPLACE SAFETY: Next week, the S.C. Chamber of Commerce will recognize companies from across the state for workplace safety during its annual Safety Awards Luncheon presented by Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd. More information about the Safety Awards Luncheon is available here. 
U.S. SEN. TIM SCOTT PRESSES NOMINEE ON OVERTIME RULE, APPRENTICESHIPS: "South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott tried to get Donald Trump's pick to run the Labor Department to take a stance on the last president’s overtime rules and offer a specific endorsement for apprenticeship programs, but Alex Acosta refused." Find out more about U.S. Sen. Scott's fight for South Carolina jobs in this story.

Jack Sanders, CEO of Sonoco, Talks About South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

Bills We're Watching:

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. Chamber Position: Support bill as passed by Senate Judiciary
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 → Awaiting ratification and approval of Governor. Chamber Position: Support
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: Passed by the House and sent to the Senate on 2/1, where it was referred to the Senate Education Committee → Carried over by Senate Education K-12 subcommittee on 3/15. 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: Passed by the House and sent to the Senate on 2/1, where it was referred to the Senate Education Committee → Carried over by Senate Education K-12 subcommittee on 3/15. 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 the House by a vote of 100-3 → Passed Senate on 3/22 by a vote of 40-0. Chamber Position: Support both H.3358 and S.201

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: Passed House on 3/21 by a vote of 106-1 → Moves to the Senate → Resides in Senate Education Committee. 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 → On Senate floor. Chamber Position: Support
H.3653 - Nuisance Suits (Forrester)
This bill protects manufacturers and industrial facilities from nuisance-related lawsuits. Status: Received a favorable report from the House LCI Real Estate Subcommittee on 2/16 by a vote of 5-0 → Moves to full House LCI → Received favorable report from House LCI on 3/7 → Passed House on 3/22 by a vote of 78-27 → Moves to the Senate. Chamber Position: Support


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