Wednesday, May 1, 2013
• Economic Incentives Package for Boeing
A bill, S.578, which authorizes the issuance of up to $120 million in economic development bonds for the expansion of the Boeing aircraft manufacturing operation in North Charleston, passed the House. The expansion is said to produce over 2,000 jobs. The bill will now to go to the Governor’s desk.
• Ethics Reform
A bill, H.3945, seeks to reform South Carolina ethics law by abolishing the House and Senate Ethics Committee as well as the South Carolina Ethics Commission by establishing a new commission to oversee both the legislative and executive branches of government. The bill also eliminates the “blackout period” in political campaigns and establishes a Public Integrity Unit to investigate potential ethics violations. The bill passed Judiciary Committee and will be debated on the floor of the House next week.
• Mental Health and Gun Reform
A bill, H.3560, passed the House this week. The bill requires South Carolina to report anyone adjudicated by a court with mental deficiencies to the FBI’s National Instant Background Check System. The bill was sent to the Senate.
• Creation of a Veterans Treatment Court Program
A bill, H.3014, which creates a Veterans Treatment Court Program in each Judicial Circuit in South Carolina, passed the House this week. The bill will now go to the Senate.
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.