PITTS PROFILED BY UPSTATE BUSINESS JOURNAL: S.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts "stopped by UBJ’s offices and talked about a variety of topics, including whether the General Assembly will approve more road funding as the state chamber and others want. The interview took place a week after the House approved — by a veto-proof majority — raising $600 million more a year for roads in part through a 10-cent hike in the gas tax over five years." Read more about the Chamber's work here.
FIXING S.C. ROADS IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR CHAMBER, BUSINESS LEADERS, LEGISLATORS: Supporters of a higher gas tax were unfazed Thursday by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s statement that he would oppose a tax increase to fix the state’s crumbling roads...The S.C. Chamber of Commerce, for example, supports a higher gas tax, saying better roads will be a boon to economic development. “Nothing’s changed in our view,” said Ted Pitts, the chamber’s chief executive, adding a gas tax should pass by a legislative “supermajority because it has become that big of an issue for the people of South Carolina...This needs to be addressed in 2017,” Pitts said.
SCDC DAY SLATED FOR APRIL 4: This event, presented by AT&T, is an opportunity for you to talk face-to-face with South Carolina’s Congressional delegation, as well as members from the United States Senate and House of Representatives leadership teams, about the issues facing your business. The following members are currently scheduled to attend: Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Tim Scott, Senator John Barrasso, Senator John Thune, and South Carolina's entire congressional delegation. We expect others to confirm soon. This is a not-to-be-missed event! Call Sunny Philips at 803.255.2543 or email her at email@example.com for more info.
APRIL LUNCH & LEARN - IMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE: S.C. Chamber’s Lunch & Learn series offers your business and your team the opportunity to stay on top of current changes in the field and to keep your personnel certifications up to date. To sign up for April's IMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE Lunch & Learn click here.
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: Monitoring
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 → On the House floor. 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 → carried over on 2/15 → Received favorable report from Senate LCI Regulatory and Local Government Subcommittee on 3/8 → Received favorable report from full Senate LCI on 3/9 → On the Senate floor. Chamber Position: Support
S.404 - Agribusiness Tax Credits (Campbell)
This bill creates a tax credit for agribusiness and agricultural packaging operations that increase their purchases of Certified SC Grown products by at least 15% in a single calendar year over the base year. Status: Introduced 2/14 and referred to Senate Finance → Received favorable report from Senate Finance Sales and Income Taxation Subcommittee on 3/8 → Passed out of full Senate Finance on 3/14 → on the Senate floor. Chamber Position: Monitoring
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)
This bill aims to update South Carolina driver’s licenses in order to comply with federal law. Status: Resides in the House. Vote scoring letter submitted 2/28. Received second reading in the House by a vote of 100-3 on 3/2, Passed House 3/7 → Moves to Senate → Passed unanimously out of Senate Transportation Subcommittee Thursday 3/9 → Passed out of full Senate Transportation Committee on 3/15 → On Senate floor. 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.3565 - Automatic Stay (Fry)
Removes indefinite automatic stay. Status: Amended and passed out of House Judiciary by a vote of 17-7 on 2/14 → On the House floor. Chamber Position: Monitoring
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 → On the House floor. Chamber Position: Support
H.3725 - Agribusiness Tax Credits (Simrill)
This bill creates a tax credit for agribusiness and agricultural packaging operations that increase their purchases of Certified SC Grown products by at least 15% in a single calendar year over the base year. Status: Introduced 2/9 and referred to House Ways & Means → Passed out of House Ways & Means Legislative Subcommittee on 3/8 --> Resides in full House Ways & Means. Chamber Position: Monitoring