Last week was the 7th week of the 2019 legislative session. There are 11 weeks remaining in the regular session. Here are the highlights from Senate floor action from last week.
MEDICAL HISTORY INFORMATION FOR ADOPTED CHILDREN – The Senate passed S. 181, a bill that would allow adopted children to learn of the medical history of their biological parents if the parents consented to that disclosure. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.
PUBLIC DISCLOSURES REGARDING CHILD FATALITIES – The Senate passed S. 211, a bill that would authorize DSS to release information regarding fatalities and near-fatalities involving children. The bill now goes to the House.
ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS OF COLLEGES THAT CLOSED – In 2018 Virginia College and the Golf Academy of Myrtle Beach closed down even though students were enrolled in programs at those for-profit higher education institutions.
Last week the Senate passed H. 3697, a resolution that would allow those students to complete their education at other colleges or universities in South Carolina without penalty.
TAX LIENS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET – The Senate passed S. 160, a bill that would allow the Department of Revenue to file tax liens online rather than having those liens filed in various courthouses across the state. If the House passes the bill, it would be much easier to search for tax liens from DOR.
NEW ADJUTANT GENERAL – Historically, South Carolina has elected the Adjutant General. However, in 2014 voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow the Governor to nominate the Adjutant General following the 2018 election with advice and consent of the Senate. Governor Henry McMaster nominated General R. Van McCarty as the first Adjutant General under this new constitutional provision. The Senate confirmed Gen. McCarty’s nomination last week.
INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR MEDICAL TRAINERS – The Senate passed S. 314, a bill that would allow doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to claim an income tax credit for volunteering as preceptors for clinical rotations required for medical students. The House will now consider the bill.
LAST WEEK’S MEETINGS
On Monday night, I attended the “State of the Valley” at Midland Valley High School. The event served as an to review the school’s achievements and introduce the new head football coach, Kenny Freeman.
Tuesday was Leadership Aiken County day at the statehouse.
Wednesday was the annual FFA day at the statehouse. I enjoyed being able to spend some time with FFA students from Midland Valley High School, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School, Strom Thurmond High School, Gilbert High School, Saluda High School, and Piedmont Technical College.
Wednesday was also USC-Aiken day at the statehouse. I joined other Aiken County legislators in talking with students about USC-Aiken’s impressive achievements.
On Wednesday, representatives from county councils across South Carolina visited the statehouse. I was able to spend a few minutes with county officials from Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda.
SCDOT ROAD PROJECTS – SCDOT now has an interactive map to allow citizens to see the road and bridge projects going on around the state. You can see that map here.
HOW IS THE GAS TAX BEING USED? – SCDOT’s website allows you to view a detailed revenue statement and project list that is funded by the Infrastructure Maintenance Trust Fund (IMTF). SCDOT updates this site monthly as the revenue comes in. You can see that report here.
DO YOU NEED A REAL ID? – SCDMV is now issuing Real ID licenses and identification cards. If you intend to get a Real ID, DMV encourages you to avoid long lines and get the new ID before the September 30, 2020 deadline. See below for frequent questions with answers:
WHY WOULD YOU NEED A REAL ID? – To board any commercial airline flight, enter a secure federal building, or visit a military installation on and after October 1, 2020, you must have a REAL ID or another federally approved identification such as a valid US Passport or military ID.
DO YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR CURRENT ID SOON? – There is no need to rush to DMV now. In fact, unless your driver’s license or ID card is expiring, there is really no reason to wait in line to change your card right now. If you do decide to get a Real ID, make sure you take the correct documentation to change your current license or ID card to a Real ID.
To see the documentation you will need for a Real ID or get more information, please see SCDMV’s Real ID page 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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