Here are the highlights from the 7th week in the Senate:
GOVERNOR & LT. GOVERNOR AS A TICKET – The Senate passed S. 107, a bill to implement the constitutional amendment to allow the Governor to choose his running mate. Since the Lt. Governor has presided over the Senate, run the Office on Aging, and performed various other tasks as an independently elected official, several changes must be made to state law. The House of Representatives will now consider the bill.
STATE PENSION SYSTEM – The Senate set for priority debate S. 394 , a bill to address the South Carolina Retirement System’s challenges. The bill is a result of many committee meetings over more than a year and seeks to implement several recommendations made by the Funston Advisory Group. The Senate should begin debate on the bill on Tuesday.
Last Week’s Meetings
On Monday night, I attended Saluda School District’s school board meeting to provide the board members and staff with a legislative update. Saluda’s schools are among the top performers in the state, especially impressive for a small, rural district.
On Tuesday morning, I visited God’s Little Angels preschool in Edgefield and read the students two books about Presidents Day. It was a great way to start the day!
On Tuesday morning, Leadership Aiken County visited the statehouse. I joined other members of the Aiken delegation to spend some time with these leaders and discuss issues facing South Carolina.
Wednesday was FFA day at the statehouse. I enjoyed meeting and talking with students from Gilbert, Saluda, and Strom Thurmond High Schools.
On Thursday afternoon, I visited the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association’s offices in Columbia. The primary health care centers across the state provide exceptional care for low income South Carolinians in 44 counties.
On Friday morning, I joined other members of the Aiken delegation for breakfast at the Aiken County Career & Technology Center. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the career and technology center, and they have been doing great work. More than 98% of career and technology students in Aiken graduate, and 96% of those students earn job placement after graduation.
SCDOT PROJECTS – SCDOT Secretary, Christy Hall, recently appeared before the Senate Transportation Committee to present an annual State of the SCDOT. You can view Secretary Hall’s power point presentation here.
WANT TO SEE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN ACTION? – The Senate meets in statewide session on Tuesdays at 2:00, Wednesdays at 12:00, and Thursdays at 11:00. Committees and subcommittees meet Tuesday mornings, 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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