The State Capitol Report
• Ethics Reform
A bill, H. 3407, was introduced that would update South Carolina’s ethics laws.
The bill would eliminate Leadership PACs, require a five-year waiting period for a public official to become a lobbyist, amend the constitution to eliminate the House and Senate Ethics Committees, require all candidates to produce receipts for all campaign expenditures, and eliminate the “blackout period,” which would require candidates to disclose any contribution received during the month of October before an election within five days of receiving the contribution.
The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
• Rejecting State-run Health Insurance Exchange
A bill, H. 3096, that rejects a state-run health insurance exchange through the Affordable Healthcare Act, received third reading and passed the House 73-40.
The federal government will now operate the health insurance exchange for South Carolina.
• Four-Year-Old Kindergarten
A bill, H. 3424, was introduced that establishes a statewide full day four-year old Kindergarten program in all public schools for at-risk children. This bill was referred to the Committee on Education and Public Works.
• Investing in Renewable Energy
A bill, H. 3425, also known as the “Energy System Freedom of Ownership Act” was introduced that makes it legal for a third party to sell electricity produced by a renewable energy facility and establishes that the seller is not subject to regulations as a public utility.
The bill was referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce, and Industry.
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.