Here are the highlights from last week’s action in the Senate –
UPDATES TO SEVERAL CRIMINAL OFFENSES – The Senate and House adopted H. 3545, a bill that updates several criminal offenses. The bill is a follow-up to criminal sentencing reform legislation that the General Assembly passed a few years ago.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT – The Senate spent most of its time on the floor last week debating S. 997, a bill that would require all refugees resettled in SC to enroll with the Department of Social Services and for that information to be shared with SLED. The goal is to ensure we know who is here under the refugee resettlement program. The Senate will continue debate this week.
CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITS – Several people have asked me for an update on H. 3799, a bill that would require SC to recognize concealed weapons permits issued by GA. If SC does that, GA would then recognize SC permits. This bill is one of several that should be considered at a subcommittee on Thursday morning. I will keep you updated.
FILING FOR RE-ELECTION – I filed on Thursday morning for re-election to the State Senate. If you are interested in filing for an office that will be on the ballot in 2016, you can get more information here.
Last Week's Meetings
Tuesday was the South Carolina Realtors’ Association’s annual legislative day. Many realtors from our district came to Columbia to discuss issues they’re concerned about. I enjoyed having the chance to visit with realtors from Aiken, Edgefield, and Lexington.
Wednesday was 4-H day at the statehouse. I was able to meet with 4-H students from Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda.
On Wednesday, many of our state’s firefighters came to Columbia to host their annual legislative lunch. I enjoyed talking with firefighters from across our district. I really appreciate the dedicated service these firefighters show to our communities and the sacrifices their families make when these firefighters leave home to keep us all safe.
VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICERS – Each county has a Veterans Affairs Officer whose purpose is to assist veterans and their families with filing, presenting, and prosecuting all claims which they have for money compensation, hospitalization, training, and insurance benefits under federal law. If you have questions about veterans’ benefits or the services these officers provide, you can contact the officers at:
304 Gray Street
PO Box 236
Edgefield, SC 29824
Donald D. Moss
610 South Mine Street
P.O. Box 276
McCormick, SC 29835
108 South Rudolph Street
Saluda, SC 29138
Phone: (864) 445-4500 Ext. 2268
Fax: (864) 445-2808
WANT TO SEE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN ACTION? – The Senate meets in statewide session on Tuesdays at 12:00, Wednesdays at 2:00, and Thursdays at 11:00. Committees and subcommittees meet Tuesday afternoons, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday mornings. You can watch live coverage of the Senate, House of Representatives, and committees here.
OUR SENATE DISTRICT – Senate district 25 consists of all of Edgefield County and parts of Aiken, Lexington, McCormick, and Saluda Counties. If you’d like to see the district map, go here.
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P.O. Box 551
Edgefield, SC 29824
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