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Secretary Hall Gives State of the DOT Address… Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall joined the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday for a sobering State of the DOT address. According to Secretary Hall, more than 6,800 fatality and injury-producing accidents have occurred on rural roads in the past five years, making South Carolina roads the deadliest in the nation. Secretary Hall told lawmakers an “investment of $900 million a year” is necessary to adequately address our infrastructure crisis. The Chamber supports funding proposals put forth in both the House and Senate, and encourages the Legislature to act swiftly to address our growing infrastructure needs.

Chamber Issues Key Vote Alerts in House and Senate… The Chamber issued Key Vote letters Tuesday to House members regarding several education bills that the business community believes will improve the quality of schooling in the Palmetto State. Click here to read the Key Vote letters in the House. The Chamber also issued two Key Vote letters to members of the Senate on bills regarding Employee Benefits and the State Superintendent of Education. Click here to read the Key Vote letters in the Senate.
*The votes on these bills will be used to score House and Senate members for our annual Legislative Scorecard.

Bill Intended to Streamline the Business Licensing Process Introduced… On Thursday, House LCI Chairman Bill Sandifer introduced H.3650, a bill to streamline and standardize the business licensing fee process across the state. The current business licensing process is one of the biggest government roadblocks for businesses in our state, and the Chamber supports this legislation which will help cut the red tape for small businesses.

Nomination Period Extended For South Carolina SBA Awards… The SBA has extended the deadline for SC Small Business Award applications to March 1, 2017! They have also added an award for Small Business Exporter of the Year. Don’t miss out on the chance to nominate your small business or a small business you love! Click here to view the full list of award categories and submit your application.

Don’t Miss the Largest Professional Job Fair in South Carolina…  Join us, in partnership with ECPI University, our Local Chamber partners and over 125 employers from across the state for the 4th Annual Palmetto State Job Fair! This event has proven to enhance the rapidly growing workforce of South Carolina and connect professional job seekers to South Carolinian employers- click here to register now.

#SCBIZ NEWS:
Bills We're Watching:
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: By a vote of 39-0, the Senate passed S.27 on 2/2 → bill moves to the House. Vote scoring letter submitted 1/26.
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: Resides in the Senate. Vote scoring letter submitted 1/26.
Chamber Position: Support
 
S.218 – Employee Benefits (Massey)
This bill reserves the right to establish and mandate employee benefits to the General Assembly.
Status: Resides in the Senate. Vote scoring letter submitted 1/31.
Chamber Position: Support
 
S.323 - Nuisance Suits (Campbell)
This bill protects manufacturers and industrial facilities from nuisance-related lawsuits.
Status: Introduced 1/31 and referred to Senate LCI Committee.
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: Resides in the House. Vote scoring letter submitted 1/31.
Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3146 – Superintendent of Education (Delleney)
This joint resolution amends the constitution to allow the Governor to appoint the Superintendent of Education.
Status: Resides in the House. Vote scoring letter submitted 1/31.
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 resides in the Senate Education Committee.
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 resides in the Senate Education Committee.
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: Debate adjourned until 3/21/2017
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: Ways & Means Subcommittee on the bill scheduled for 2/7.
Chamber Position: Support
 
S.54 – Infrastructure Funding
This bill generates $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
 
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 Committee met Wednesday and the bill received a favorable report → Resides in the House.
Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3358 - Real ID (Willis)
This bill aims to update South Carolina driver’s licenses in order to comply with federal law.
Status: Received a favorable report from House EPW Motor Vehicles Subcommittee on 1/31 → moves to full House Education & Public Works Committee.  
Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3650 - Business Licensing (Sandifer)
This bill streamlines the business licensing fee process.
Status: Introduced 2/2 and referred to Senate LCI Committee.
Chamber Position: Support
 

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