The State Capitol Report
The S.C. House of Representatives made progress on a number of important issues last week.
Here are some highlights:
• Investing in Cyber-Security
A bill, H.3528, was introduced that would establish a new state agency, the Department of Information Security, to provide a comprehensive framework for ensuring the effectiveness of information security controls over information resources that support state operations and assets. The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
• Shortening Legislative Session
A bill, H.3340, that shortens the South Carolina General Assembly's legislative session passed the House. Under this law, instead of beginning the second Tuesday in January, session would begin the second Tuesday in February. It would also require the General Assembly to adjourn Sine Die no later than the first Thursday in May. The bill was sent to the Senate.
• Clarifying Role of Solicitors
A bill, H.3247, clarifies the role of the circuit solicitors in the administration of the General Sessions court docket and provides that this ability to administer the docket shall not interfere with the court's ability to protect a litigant's rights. The bill passed the House and was sent to the Senate.
• Protecting a Child's Due Process Rights
A bill, H.3520, was introduced that prohibits a child's parent or guardian from waiving the child's right to counsel when the Family Court proceeding may result in the detention or confinement of the child. The bill was referred to the Judiciary 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 at (803) 734‑2936, or my office in Pineville at (843) 567-4386. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the House of Representatives.