Last week was the 11th week of the 2018 legislative session. Here are the highlights from the Senate:
NURSE PRACTITIONERS – The Senate passed S. 345, a bill that would expand the practice scope for nurse practitioners. The goal is to encourage more health professionals to work in rural areas where there is a shortage of physicians. The House of Representatives will now consider the bill.
TRAFFICKING AS CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT – The Senate passed S. 541, a bill that would add child trafficking to the definition of child abuse and neglect. The House will now consider the bill.
INTERNATIONAL MAJOR MEDICAL INSURANCE – The Senate passed S. 1042, a bill that would authorize health insurers to offer and charge for international major medical insurance as a surplus line of insurance. The House will now consider the bill.
PEBA AUDIT – The Senate passed H. 4868, a bill that would extend the deadline for an audit of the Public Employee Benefit Authority from 2019 to 2020. The bill now goes to Governor McMaster.
REAUTHORIZATION OF FIRST STEPS – The Senate passed H. 3591, a bill that reauthorizes the First Steps program through 2025. The bill will now go back to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.
RESIDENT INSURANCE PRODUCERS – The Senate passed H. 4654, a bill that would require applicants for insurance producer licenses to have a more thorough criminal background examination and to submit fingerprints with the application. The House will have to consider the amended version of the bill.
UNIFORM UNINCORPORATED NONPROFIT ASSOCIATION ACT – The Senate passed S. 190, a bill that would create the Revised Uniform Unincorporated Nonprofit Association Act. The bill now goes to the House.
ADDICTION COUNSELORS – The Senate passed S. 962, a bill that would provide for the licensure of addiction counselors and the scope of practice that addiction counselors can perform. The bill now goes to the House.
PROTECTIONS FOR VULNERABLE ADULTS – The Senate passed S. 1041, a bill that would impose criminal penalties for taking advantage of vulnerable adults. The House will now consider the bill.
CONSERVATION BANK – The Senate passed H. 4727, a bill that would require more financial oversight for the Conservation Bank and provide more stringent qualification requirements for board members. The bill will now return to the House to consider the Senate amendments.
P.E. CREDIT FOR MARCHING BAND STUDENTS – The Senate passed S. 302, a bill that would allow students who participate in marching band to claim a physical education credit for that extracurricular activity. The bill should go to the House this week.
RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSES – The Senate passed H. 4729, a bill that would allow a retailer to have up to 6 licenses to sell spirits for off-premises consumption. Currently, the law limits retailers to 3 licenses statewide. The additional 3 licenses would be limited to store locations in counties with more than 250,000 residents. The House will now consider the Senate’s changes.
SENATE SCHEDULE – The Generally Assembly usually takes time off around Easter. I expect the Senate will not be in session the first week of April. The Senate will likely debate the budget the following week, and the General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn on May 10.
LAST WEEK’S MEETINGS
On Monday night, I held a town hall meeting at Midland Valley High School.
On Wednesday, Strom Thurmond High School’s marching band visited the State House. The Rebel Regiment won the 2017 AA state championship, and I enjoyed introducing the group to the Senate.
On Thursday morning, Leadership South Carolina’s 2017-2018 visited the State House. This year’s class has chosen to help fund and construct a park in Johnston.
On Thursday night, I held a town hall at Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School.
TOWN HALL MEETINGS – I held two meetings in Aiken County last week. Here is the schedule for upcoming meetings:
Belvedere Elementary School
Circle Fire Department
Savannah Lakes Village
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.
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