The State Capitol Report
• Raffles and Games
A bill, S. 3, passed the House this week that legalizes certain types of raffles in South Carolina while also banning sweepstakes machines. The bill will now go to the Governor’s desk for signature.
• Restructuring the Adjutant General's Office
A bill, H. 3541, that amends the South Carolina Constitution to delete the Office of the Adjutant General from the list of state offices, which are required to be elected, passed the House this week. The bill is now going to the Senate.
Another bill, H.3540, was also approved and sent to the Senate, that gives the power of appointment of the Adjutant General to the Governor, in the event that the necessary constitutional amendment is approved by the state's voters and ratified.
• The High School League
The House amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3229, a bill addressing reforms to the manner in which the South Carolina High School League's oversees interscholastic athletics in K-12 education.
The House amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3061, a bill establishing a protocol for addressing student athletes, including cheerleaders and concussions in K-12 education.
• Tuition Rates for Veterans
The House amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3086, which enhances in-state tuition rate eligibility for veterans and their dependents.
• FOIA Bill
A bill, H. 3163, clarifying standards in South Carolina's Freedom of Information Act law, was recommitted to the Judiciary Committee this week. The bill seeks to strengthen the current law as it pertains to state agencies charging for public documents, as well as who is subject to the law itself.
• Brewery Regulations
A bill, H. 3554, passed the House this week requiring breweries in South Carolina to offer no more than 64 ounces in samples to customers. It also reads that the alcohol content cannot exceed fourteen percent. The bill will now go to the Senate.
The House of Representatives will be on furlough through April 5. The next regular session day will be on Tuesday, April 9.
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.