The State Capitol Report

  • Thursday, January 17, 2013

Electing a New Executive Committee
• The House Democratic Caucus held leadership elections this week.  The new officers include: New House Minority Leader Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia), Assistant Leader Rep. Walt McLeod (D-Little Mountain), Deputy Leader Rep. James Smith (D-Columbia), Parliamentarian Rep. David Weeks (D-Sumter), Treasurer Rep. Laurie Funderburk (D-Camden), Secretary Rep. Mia McLeod (D-Columbia), and Chaplain Rep. Kenneth Hodges (D-Green Pond).
• Guarding Against Identity Theft
A bill, H. 3248, relating to financial transaction card crime, received second reading on Thursday.  This bill adds language that “it is not a defense when some of the acts of the crime did not occur in this state or within a city, county, or local jurisdiction.”
• Veterans Treatment Court
A bill, H. 3014, was introduced that would create a separate and specialized court pipeline for veterans struggling to find equal justice under the law.  This bill, which was referred to the Judiciary Committee, is entitled the “Veterans Treatment Court Program Act.”
• Improving Access to the Polls
A bill, H. 3003, was introduced that would improve the current system of voter identification by allowing college and university identification to be accepted as one additional allowable form of identification while voting.  The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
• Investing in Our Communities
A bill, H. 3241, also known as the “South Carolina Community Investment Tax Credit Act,” was introduced this week providing a tax credit to financial institutions that make investments, loans, and contributions for activities creating or preserving low-income housing for low-income residents.  This bill was referred to the Ways and Means Committee.
• Giving Time Off for Voting
A bill, H. 3226 was introduced a bill to require employers to provide workers adequate time off from work to allow for voting. This bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
• Preventing Cancer
A bill, H. 3236, also known as the “Cervical Cancer Prevention Act,” was introduced this week.  This bill provides voluntary vaccinations to any seventh grade student in any public or private school administered by DHEC.  It was referred to the 3M Committee.
• Protecting Our Children
A bill, H. 3237, was introduced that requires a school resource officer in every public school in South Carolina.  It was referred to the Education Committee.
If you have a comment or opinion concerning the matters discussed in this report, or if I may be of assistance to you at any time, please feel free to call your legislative office in Columbia (803) 734‑2936; or my office in Pineville (843) 567-4386.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the House of Representatives.

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