Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The business of the South Carolina House of Representatives continued with a few noteworthy events, and a great deal of committee and subcommittee work. Here are some recent highlights:
• Closing out Black History Month with Activism
On the State House grounds, the South Carolina NAACP held its 2013 Legislative Day, including a press conference voicing support for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires any changes in voting laws in certain states to be pre-cleared by the United States Justice Department. The Voting Rights Act is currently being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court.
• Increasing Flexibility in the Budget
The House approved and sent the Senate H.3501, a joint resolution that suspends the statutory requirement for including 4.5 percent of the previous year’s state General Fund in the Local Government Fund for the next two budget years. Under this measure, counties would be authorized to transfer among appropriated state revenues, as needed, to ensure the delivery of services. Democrats opposed the measure due to the fact that it would shift a revenue burden onto local governments and municipalities.
• Making Infrastructure Investments
A bill, H.3412, requires all revenue produced by car taxes in South Carolina must be credited to the state non-federal aid highway fund for road projects, passed the House.
• Restructuring the Department of Insurance
A bill, H.3642, was introduced to popularly elect the Director of the Department on Insurance in South Carolina. Currently, the Governor appoints the Director. The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee.
• Ensuring Healthy School Lunches
A bill, H.3726, was introduced to ban certain junk foods from public school lunch programs and vending machines. The bill was referred to the Education and Public Works 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.