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January 22, 2016 Chamber Website   Facebook Twitter YouTube
Business Speaks 2016 is next Tuesday! State legislators, including the House and Senate majority and minority leaders, will be present to address pressing #scbiz issues and take questions from you, the business community.  If infrastructure, business licensing reform or workforce development is on your legislative priority list this year, you won’t want to miss this dynamic discussion at one of our most popular annual events. See the full agenda here. Presented by Zeus.

Chamber Coverage:

#SCBIZ News: 

January 26, 2016
REGISTER for a chance to help bring the Chamber's Competitiveness Agenda directly to elected leaders of the General Assembly. The event is January 26 at 4pm. Presented by Zeus Industrial Products
February 17-18, 2016
The deadline to book your hotel is January 27.

Join us for a discussion about the future of the South Carolina workforce! Register today! Presented by Bank of America.
March 22, 2016
Think your company is the safest place in South Carolina to work? APPLY now to be honored at this year's Safety Awards. Deadline is February 1.
May 11-13, 2016
Each year, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the SC SHRM State Council recognize the state’s top Human Resources professional. Award applications and nominations are due by March 11!
February 1, 2016
We are partnering with NAM to showcase modern manufacturing in South Carolina and discuss workforce needs. REGISTER today for our event at Trident Tech! 

SC Chamber staff attended the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday as infrastructure discussions at the State House began. The committee, chaired by Senator Larry Grooms (R- Berkeley), unanimously recommended Senate confirmation of DOT Secretary Christy Hall, and quickly approved a resolution (S.315) to permanently allow the governor to appoint the transportation secretary.  This is a positive first step in reforming the DOT, one of the priorities outlined in our 2016 Competitiveness Agenda.

The week ended with some good news as the Senate adjourned Thursday with Sen. Ray Cleary (R-Georgetown) holding the floor. Sen. Cleary told senators he wants to debate increasing money for roads first thing Tuesday…. Tell our Senators to #fixscroads this year

Bills on our radar:

H.3430 – Addressing Unsafe Used Tires
This legislation prohibits the sale of unsafe used tires, and defines “unsafe,” whereas currently, no regulations exist in South Carolina to help ensure that used tires are indeed safe. This is a safety issue for vehicle drivers, occupants and others on the road. In keeping with our commitment to sustaining a competitive environment for businesses to grow and prosper, while ensuring the safety of our citizens, the Chamber supports the passage of H.3430 and is actively urging the Senate to do so with no further amendments...

H. 4457 – Magistrate Jurisdiction 
Sponsors: Rep. Huggins
Summary: Increases the civil jurisdiction of magistrates from $7,500 to $15,000.
Currently residing in the House Committee on Ways and Means 
Chamber Position: Monitoring

H. 4145 – Coordinating Council for Workforce Development
Sponsors: Reps. White, Clemmons, Goldfinch, Yow, W.J. McLeod, Horne, Murphy, Erickson, Duckworth, Gagnon, Gambrell, Hardwick, Jordan, Long, Lowe, Pitts, Sandifer, Thayer, Willis, Loftis, Alexander, Johnson and Whipper
Summary: Seeks to create a Coordinating Council for workforce development and to develop a comprehensive plan for workforce training.
Currently residing on the House floor and set to be given 2nd reading
Chamber Position: Support




  • BlueCross BlueShield of SC Foundation donates $3.8 Million to improve surgical safety and care in SC…
  • Trident Technical College launches new Workforce Pathways Scholarship program…
  • Clemson University programs help female, minority STEM students succeed…
  • Parker Poe names Laura Locklair New Partner in Charleston…
  • API taps Lowcountry native Bonnie Loomis to lead South Carolina Petroleum Council
  • Four Magnolia Gardens storytellers and craftsmen recreate life on a Southern plantation with performances and demonstrations on Feb. 20. Free with Garden Admission. 
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