Legislation we are Watching

S.105 - Automatic Stay (Rankin)
Removes indefinite automatic stay. Status: Received favorable report from Senate Judiciary on 2/21 as amended → Moves to Senate floor → Received 2nd Reading on 3/8 by a vote of 26-6 → Read third time 3/9 → Moves to House → Referred to House Judiciary Committee → Received a favorable report with amendment by House Judiciary Special Laws Subcommittee on 4/20 by a vote of 3-2 → Moves to full House Judiciary. Chamber Position: Support 
 
S.446 - SCRA (Leatherman)
This bill increases the maximum aggregate allowable tax credit to South Carolina Research Authority from $6 million to $12 million for individual taxpayers, who get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit in return.
Status: Received a favorable report from Senate Finance Natural Resources & Economic Development Subcommittee on 3/16 → Received favorable report from Senate Finance on 4/18 → Moved to Senate floor → Received 2nd by the Senate on 4/20 by a vote of 40-1. Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3209 - Expungement of Criminal Records (Pope)
This bill addresses our state’s workforce shortage by improving pathways to employment for those previously incarcerated. The bill was amended to include perfecting language on expungements and to add employer liability protection. Status: Received a favorable report from House Judiciary Criminal Laws Subcommittee on 2/28 → Received a favorable report as amended by House Judiciary Committee on 3/29 by a vote of 16-4 → Moved to the House floor → Passed the House by a vote of 103-0 on 4/5 → Moves to Senate → Resides in Senate Judiciary Subcommittee. Chamber Position: Support  
 
H. 3221 – Statewide Fiscal Accountability (Allison)
This legislation requires the Department of Education to develop and adopt a statewide program for identifying fiscal practices and budgetary conditions. Status: Passed by the House and sent to the Senate on 2/1, where it was referred to the Senate Education Committee → Carried over by Senate Education K-12 Subcommittee on 3/15 → Received a favorable report as amended from Senate Education K-12 Subcommittee on 3/29 → Received a favorable report from full Senate Education Committee on 3/29 → Moved to Senate floor → Passed Senate on 4/18 by a vote of 41-1 → Returned to the House with amendments. Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3516 – Infrastructure Funding (Simrill)
House Majority Leader Gary Simrill introduced this legislation which raises $600 million in recurring, sustainable revenue to fix our roads and bridges. Status: Passed the House by a vote of 97-18 on 3/1 → Moves to the Senate → Passed out of Senate Finance Special Transportation Subcommittee on 3/8 → Passed out of full Senate Finance on 3/14 by a vote of 14-8 → Moved to Senate floor → Motion to set for Special Order failed on 3/29 by a vote of 23-18 → On the Senate floor, bill and amendments debated this week. Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3653 - Nuisance Suits (Forrester)
This bill protects manufacturers and industrial facilities from nuisance-related lawsuits. Status: Received a favorable report from the House LCI Real Estate Subcommittee on 2/16 by a vote of 5-0 → Moves to full House LCI → Received favorable report from House LCI on 3/7 → Received 2nd Reading in the House on 3/22 by a vote of 78-27 → Received 3rd Reading in the House on 3/23 by a vote of 75-24 → Moves to the Senate → Received favorable report and polled out of Senate LCI Committee on 4/18 → Resides on Senate floor. Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3929 - Agricultural Animal Facilities (Hiott)
Establishes finite setbacks for facilities and states that permits can only be contested by affected persons with standing in order to make South Carolina poultry farms more competitive with neighboring states. Status: Introduced 3/7→ House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee adjourned debate on 4/18. Chamber Position: Support
 
H.3969 - Education Accountability Act (Felder)
The Education Accountability Act is a single statewide education accountability plan that meets federal accountability Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements. Status: Introduced 3/13 → Received favorable report as amended by the House Education & Public Works Committee on 3/28 → Moved to House floor → Passed House on 4/5 by a vote of 104-5 → Referred to Senate Education Committee on 4/11 → Recalled from Senate Education Committee on 4/20. Chamber Position: Support, but oppose any minimization of WorkKeys assessments.