Last week was the 8th week of the 2018 legislative session. Here are the highlights from the Senate:
POULTRY HOUSES – The Senate continued discussion of H. 3929, a bill that would streamline and clarify the permitting process for chicken houses. The Senate passed the bill on Wednesday, and the House of Representatives agreed to the Senate’s changes on Thursday. The bill now goes to Governor McMaster.
RAFFLES – The Senate passed S. 812, a bill that increases amounts for unregistered, nonprofit raffles. Currently, a ticket for an unregistered raffle cannot exceed $100; this bill would raise the maximum price to $300. Also, the value of a noncash prize now cannot exceed $500; this bill would raise that limit to $950. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives.
SURETY BONDS FOR GENERAL AND MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS–The Senate amended and passed H. 4612. Currently, applicants who seek to be licensed as general or mechanical contractors must submit financial statements showing a minimum net worth in order to bid on certain projects. This bill would allow the applicant to avoid the minimum net worth requirement if he secures a surety bond in the amount of five times the minimum net worth requirement. The bill now goes back to the House.
CONTINUED TAX CREDIT FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT AND COOLING – The Senate passed S. 866, a bill that extends tax credits for residential geothermal heat pumps, water heaters, and heating and cooling systems until 2022. The bill now goes to the House.
LAST WEEK’S MEETINGS
Tuesday was Clemson Day at the State House. It was nice to visit with a number of students, athletes, and leadership from Clemson.
On Wednesday, I met with several retailers from across South Carolina. A large number of retailers – both large and small – were at the State House to talk with legislators.
Wednesday was also the annual SC Baptist Association Day. I enjoyed talking with several pastors from our district.
On Thursday, I read to a Kindergarten class at W.E. Parker Elementary School. Friday was Dr. Seuss’s birthday, so I read “The Cat in the Hat.” I think I had more fun than the students had!
On Thursday night, I attended the Ridge Road Community Club’s monthly meeting in Leesville. I enjoyed talking with the group about issues facing South Carolina.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS – Every year I hold a series of town hall meetings across our district. I have hosted nearly 150 meetings since you first elected me to the Senate. These meetings give me an opportunity to update you on the issues legislators have been discussing while also allowing you to ask questions and offer input. Here are the meetings I have scheduled so far:
Lexington High School
Gilbert High School
Merriwether Middle School
Edgefield County Council Chambers
Midland Valley High School
LBC Middle School
Belvedere Elementary School
I hope to have meetings scheduled for Saluda and McCormick Counties soon.
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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