The State Capitol Report
• More Voting Changes
A bill, H. 3176, which would establish a nine-day early voting period but eliminate the 30-day in-person absentee voting period, passed second reading last week. It will be given third reading.
A bill, H. 3101, which would make the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, illegal in South Carolina, passed second reading on Thursday. It will be given third reading next week.
• SC Films Incentives
A bill, H. 3357, which would provide a tax rebate to motion picture production companies by the South Carolina film commission, passed second reading.
The bill states that the rebate may not exceed 20 percent of the total aggregate payroll for qualifying persons and not twenty five percent for South Carolina residents. It will be given third reading.
• Ethics Reform
The vote on H. 3945, which improves South Carolina ethics law by reforming the House and Senate Ethics Committee, eliminating the “blackout period,” strengthening disclosure requirements for legislators, and restoring criminal penalties for ethics violations, was delayed in order for members to review the legislation.
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.