A VICTORY FOR SC BUSINESS… Following an open letter from the business community on the potential negative economic impacts of Senator Lee Bright’s bill, members of the Senate’s General Subcommittee chose accordingly not to advance the bill before the May 1st Crossover deadline, effectively killing the bill. Click here to get election updates from the SC Good Government Committee.
Chamber members take Capitol Hill… The Chamber’s first ever DC fly-in took place Tuesday, as over 30 members met with Congressional leadership and policy experts from the US Chamber to discuss a wide range of business issues. See highlights from our live tweets of the day below:
Click here for a full recap of #SCDCDay and see the full photo album of the day here!
Chamber-supported Farm Aid Fund bill passes Senate… The Senate voted 33-3 Thursday to advance a bill that would grant relief for farmers affected by October’s historic floods. The bill sets aside $40 million for relief and allows farmers to apply for grants on a first-come, first-served basis for up to $100,000.The Chamber voiced support of the bill earlier this month in a letter to Senators announcing we would be scoring their vote for our 2016 Legislative Scorecard.
South Carolina Chamber's Diversity Foundation to participate in Midlands Gives... Join us this Tuesday, May 3, 2016, for a 24-hour, local online giving challenge! Each donation of $20 and above will help the South Carolina Diversity Foundation to create the first ever South Carolina Chamber Diversity FoundationScholarship. . Click here to contribute!
Invest in health and safety on the job with our 10/30 Hour OSHA Training... Registration is now open for our OSHA 10-Hour AND OSHA 30-Hour General Industry Voluntary Compliance Courses. Offered from June 14-17 at the Chamber office, the courses are designed to present practical, proven information that can be implemented immediately in the workplace. Register now!
Wednesday, May 4 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Small Businesses: Connect with state, federal and private procurement officials, check out exhibitor booths, and see the winners of the SC Small Business Week awards.
Employee Health Benefits Lunch & Learn
May 25, 2016
*NEW* Get up-to-date information on SC business issues and earn professional development credits all while eating lunch!
More Progress on Roads... The Senate passed another roads plan, S.1258, which would dedicate $200 million in existing revenue streams by dedicating the rest of the vehicle sales tax and some DMV fees to infrastructure. These funds would be sent to the Transportation Infrastructure Bank to be bonded allowing STIB and SCDOT $2.2 billion to address interstate capacity and eliminate all mainline structurally deficient bridges over the next decade. In addition, this would free up $65 million annually for maintenance and resurfacing throughout the rest of the system. The Chamber continues to work to address long term roads needs, but this proposal is a step in the right direction with more dedicated revenue and increased diversification of revenue streams.
Hashing it out….The House and Senate began meeting in conference committee on H.3579, which includes DOT Reform and additional funding. Further discussions will likely be delayed until after the Senate adopts its budget proposal. There are five legislative weeks left.
The State Chamber testified in support of H.4145 this week, a bill that would create the Workforce Development Coordinating Council, which would be charged with developing a comprehensive plan for workforce training and improving pathways to employment. Workforce development is a top priority of the Chamber, as outlined in our Competitiveness Agenda. The bill was carried over by the Senate Education subcommittee to allow further testimony from interested parties.
The Senate Labor & Employment Subcommittee protected SC businesses this week by voting down S. 938, a measure that would increase the minimum wage in South Carolina to a rate of $15/hour by 2020.
Bills on our radar:
H.4967 - Business License Compliance Reform Act Summary: This bill simplifies and reforms the business license tax process Chamber Position: Actively pursuing amendments to improve the legislation STATUS UPDATE: Chamber President Ted Pitts testified in support of this bill in front of the Ad-Hoc Subcomittee Wednesday stating, "business licensing in South Carolina is one of the most unfriendly in the nation." The bill was carried over.
H.5109 – South Carolina Business License Tax Standardization Act Summary: This bill aims to streamline the process for obtaining a business license within South Carolina cities and towns Chamber Position: Actively pursuing amendments to improve the legislation STATUS UPDATE: Currently residing in House LCI Committee
*Business Licensing Reform is a top priority for the Chamber as detailed in our 2016 Competitiveness Agenda
H.4717 – S.C. Farm Aid Fund Summary: This bill allows farmers with total crop losses of 40% or greater from the flood to be eligible for a limited state grant. Chamber Position:Support; Scoring vote for Legislative Scorecard STATUS UPDATE: Passed the Senate this week
S. 1211– Electric Service Summary: This bill requires the public service authority to sell power to processors at market-based prices. Chamber Position: Oppose on basis that the legislation interferes in contract negotiations. Status: Currently residing in Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee
Eight Fisher & Phillips attorneys selected to S.C. Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists…
Collins & Lacy Attorney selected as a Platinum Recipient for 2016 Compleat Lawyer Award…