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TOPLINE NEWS: In an open letter to the General Assembly this week, the South Carolina business community strongly cautioned legislators about the impact S.1203 could have if the bill even gets out of committee. Excerpts below and full text here.

"The Palmetto State has built a reputation as a welcoming place for world class companies to call home. People are taking notice of South Carolina for all the right reasons.  If S.1203 is advanced by the General Committee, make no mistake that it will have direct impact on South Carolina jobs and job prospects. Members of the General Committee and the South Carolina Senate have a unique opportunity to further distinguish our state from our neighbors to our north and south.The business community asks that members of the General Committee vote not to advance this bill and instead devote your attention to working on priorities that advance South Carolina." Read more.

Small Business Award Winners Announced: The South Carolina Salute to Small Business is the Palmetto State’s annual National Small Business Week event. Now in its 13th year, the 2016 Salute will be held Wednesday, May 4, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia. CLICK HERE TO SEE WHO OUR WINNERS ARE! 

Manufacturing Conference in Greenville a Success!: More than 3,000 manufacturers from all over the state and the country met in Greenville this week at the South Carolina Manufacturing Conference. The conference provided an opportunity for manufacturers to network and discuss important topics like workforce, transportation, and regulatory policy at the state and federal level. 
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!
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.
Statehouse Update: President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman’s bonding proposal for roads was introduced in the Senate Wednesday in the form of bill S.1258 and placed on the calendar for next week. The ten-year plan would generate funding using vehicle sales taxes and certain Department of Motor Vehicles fees - totaling $200 million annually. The legislation calls for $3.5 billion in infrastructure funding bonded over 10 years.
The bill now has to receive third reading by May 1st crossover deadline. The House and Senate are expected to go to conference committee to resolve roads funding. There are six legislative weeks left.

In other #scroads news, the House conference committee appointments for H.3579 were announced this week. They are: Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Richland), Rep. Gary Simrill (R-York), and Rep. Brian White (R-Anderson). Senate conferees are expected to be named soon.
Bills on our radar:

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: Now currently residing in House LCI Committee

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: Now 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: H.4717 was passed over this week 

H.3147 -  Military Retirement Income Tax Exemption
Summary: This bill seeks to eliminate income tax on military retirement income in South Carolina

Chamber Position: Support; Scoring vote for Legislative Scorecard

STATUS: Amended Thursday on Senate floor but carried over prior to 2nd reading vote



  • SC BlueCross named in Forbes’ List of America’s Best Employers…
  • Ogletree Deakins named among the 100 best law firms for female attorneys…
  • Palmetto Health and USC selected for national professional development program…
  • Clemson student team selected to present NASA-funded research to Congress…
  • SC Ports Authority plans second inland port in Dillon…
  • John Hewett joins CBRE in Greenville…
  • Duke Energy celebrates its heroes for National Lineman Appreciation Day…
  • KEMET introduces pulse discharge multilayer ceramic capacitors…
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Kinder Morgan | Michelin North America, Inc. | Milliken & Company | Nexsen Pruet, LLC | 
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. | Santee Cooper | Sonoco | Wells Fargo

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