Competitiveness Update

The Competitiveness Update is an electronic newsletter sent to South Carolina Chamber of Commerce members every Friday during the legislative session that provides updates on what’s happening at the State House.

June 5, 2015

The Headlines:
  • General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die Without Addressing No. 1 Issue
  • Frivolous Lawsuit Legislation Passed
  • In Other News...
  • On The Federal Front... Trade Promotion Authority

May 29, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Achieving Sustainable Infrastructure Funding: Three Days Remain
  • Local Perspective - York County Reginonal Chamber: Don't Re-Kick Can Down Crumbling Roads
  • On The Federal Front... Export-Import Bank Set To Expire In June
  • South Carolina Celebrates Tire Manufacturing Industry

May 22, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Senate Set To Begin Infrastructure Debate
  • Fix To Pollution Control Act Delayed Until 2016
  • On The Federal Front

May 18, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Senate Sets Infrastructure For Special Order
  • Ambush Election Rule Update
  • Chamber To Host Energy And Environment Forum Tuesday
  • In Other News...

May 8, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Senate Republicans Release Infrastructure Plan
  • Businesses Ban Together On Business License Fee Complexities
  • Senate Passes State Budget
  • In Other News...

May 1, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Senate Fails To Set Infrastructure For Debate
  • Senate Passes Fix To Pollution Control Act With Harmful Amendment
  • Senate Budget Debate To Begin Next Week
  • House Passes Sunset To Certificate Of Need
  • On The Federal Front: Trade Promotion Authority

April 24, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Senate Stagnant On Infrastructure Debate
  • Senate Stalls On PCA Fix
  • House Ways And Means Committee Passes CON
  • On The Federal Front: Federal Permitting Act

April 17, 2015

The Headlines:
  • House Passes Infrastructure Plan
  • On The Federal Front.... Governors Support Ex-Im Reauthorization
  • Coming Up: Health Care Forum Next Week

April 10, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Business Community Releases Five-Point Infrastructure Plan
  • Washington Night Features Discussion On Workforce, Infrastructure And More

April 2, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Infrastructure Must Be Addressed When Legislators Return
  • PCA Debate Continues
  • In Other News...

March 27, 2015

The Headlines:
  • House And Senate Forward Infrastructure Proposals
  • PCA Deliberations Expected To Resume
  • On The Federal Front
  • In Other News...

March 20, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Senate Finance Subcommittee Addresses Infrastructure
  • PCA Bill Set For Special Order
  • In Other News...
  • SC Congressmen To Convene With Business Leaders

March 13, 2015

The Headlines:
  • After Much Debate, House Passes Budget
  • Senate Continues Infrastructure Talks
  • Johnson: SC Legislature Should Make Stopping Lawsuit Abuse A Top Priority
  • In Other News...

March 6, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Senate Begins Crafting Infrastructure Plan
  • Education And Tax Plan Proposed
  • On The Federal Front: Ambush Elections, Keystone Veto And More
  • In Other News...

February 27, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Infrastructure Forum Features Strong Words From Legislators
  • House Ways And Means Committee Approves Budget
  • On The Federal Front: President Vetoes Keystone Pipeline
  • In Other News...

February 20, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Biden Visits Columbia, Charleston To Tout Ingrastructure Proposal
  • Quinn, Rivers Discuss Business License Fees With Local Chambers
  • President's Day And The National Debt
  • In Other News...

February 13, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Infrastructure Proposals Introduced In House
  • Senate Subcommittee Advances Regulatory Reform
  • In Other News...

February 6, 2015

The Headlines:
  • House Ad Hoc Committee Tweaks Infrastructure Plan
  • Senate To Address Needed Regulatory Reforms
  • In Other News...
  • On The Federal Front...
  • Coming Up...

January 30, 2015

The Headlines:
  • House Ad Hoc Committee Releases Infrastructure Plan
  • Legislation To Streamline Business License Fees Proposed
  • In Other News...
  • On The Federal Front: Infrastructure, Keystone Pipeline And Energy

January 23, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Governor's State of the State Focuses On Workforce, Infrastructure
  • Business License Fee Proposal Announced
  • Legislators Talk Infrastructure, Workforce Development At Business Speaks
  • In Other News...

January 16, 2015

The Headlines:
  • Governor Releases Executive Budget
  • Business Community Awaiting House Committee Infrastructure Plan
  • Tort Reform Bills Introduced
  • Tuesday's Business Speaks To Highlight Priorities, Recognize Business Advocates

January 9, 2015

The Headlines:
  • General Assembly Returns To Work
  • Jan. 20 Business Speaks To Highlight Priorities, Recognize Business Advocates
  • Chamber Names New President and CEO

May 30, 2014

The Headlines:
  • With 3 Days Remaining, Business Priorities Remain In Senate
  • General Assembly Must Act On Certificate Of Need
  • Senate Abandons Infrastructure Debate
  • Common Core Heads To Governor's Desk
  • Chamber Endorses House Candidates
  • In Other News...

Moving SC Forward: Senators Larry Grooms (Berkeley) and PaulCampbell (Berkeley) for introduced a resolution in support of reauthorizationof the federal Export Import Bank and encouraging the state’s congressionaldelegation to support reauthorization.

May 23, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Infrastructure Debate Set To Begin
  • Common Core Heads To Governor's Desk
  • General Assembly Must Act On Certificate Of Need
  • Environmental Bills Still On Table
  • In Other News...

Moving SC Forward: South Carolina’s entire congressional delegation, Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and Representatives Mark Sanford (SC-1), Joe Wilson (SC-2), Jeff Duncan (SC-3), Trey Gowdy (SC-4), Mick Mulvaney (SC-5), Jim Clyburn (SC-6) and Tom Rice (SC-7), unanimously voted in favor of the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA), key to the state’s ports network.

Moving SC Forward: Senator John Scott (Richland) put forth effort to allow debate on environmental legislation important to the business community.

May 16, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Infrastructure Debate Ahead
  • Certificate Of Need Compromise Needed
  • Environmental Bills Stall
  • Senate Passes Budget
  • In Other News...

May 9, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Senate Debates Budget
  • Senate Subcommittee Examines Environmental Bills
  • Common Core Close To Resolution
  • Business Community Outlines Priorities For Jet BIll
  • In Other News...

May 2, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Senate Sets Highway Funding For Special Order
  • Senate Finance Committee Releases Budget
  • DOR Combined Reporting Has Negative Impacts
  • Senate Passes Common Core Compromise
  • House Leaves Trespasser Responsibility Legislation On Table
  • DEW Makes Early Unemployment Trust Fund Loan Repayment
  • On The Federal Front: EX-IM Bank Reauthorization
  • In Other News...

April 11, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Workforce Development And Education Legislation Takes Center Stage
  • Common Core Debate Continues
  • Trespasser Liability Legislation Gutted In Committee
  • U.S. Senator Scott Introduces Two Bills Key To Economic Development
  • Congressional Delegation To Gather With Business Leaders Wednesday
  • In Other News...

April 4, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Senate Discusses Infrastructure Proposals
  • Subcommittee Examines Tort Reform
  • Export Import Bank Critical To Businesses
  • U.S. Senators, Congressmen To Gather With Business Leaders April 16
  • In Other News...

March 28, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Midway Through Session, Priorities Still On Table
  • New Anti-Commandeering Bills Introduced
  • In Other News...
  • 2014 Competitiveness Agenda

March 21, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Nullification Bill Fails In Senate
  • Highway Funding Bill Needs To Be Set For Special Order
  • In Other News...

Moving SC Forward: 33 Senators voted to defeat H.3101, nullification legislation that would have increased hardships on businesses related to the federal health care law.

March 14, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Senate Continues Anti-Commandeering Debate
  • House Approves Budget
  • Common Core Heads To Senate Floor
  • In Other News...

March 7, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Senate Debates Nullification
  • In Other News...

February 28, 2014

The Headlines:
  • House Passes Pollution Control Act Fix
  • Senate Subcommittee Advances Common Core Bill
  • Nullification Debate On The Horizon
  • In Other News...

Moving SC Forward: Representative Jay Lucas (Darlington) eloquently explained the history of the Pollution Control Act for House members and why a clarification is needed.

Moving SC Forward: 80 House members voted in favor of a needed technical fix to the Pollution Control Act.

February 21, 2014

The Headlines:
  • House Ways And Means Committee Releases Budget
  • Senate Continues Discussion On Common Core State Standards
  • Pollution Control Act Fix Pending In House

February 7, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Senate Infrastructure Proposal Introduced
  • Senate Hears Testimony On Common Core Standards
  • Pollution Control Act Fix Pending In House
  • NLRB Proposes Ambush Election Rule
  • In Other News...

Moving SC Forward: Senators Hugh Leatherman (Florence), Ray Cleary (Georgetown) and Larry Grooms (Berkeley) as well as Representative Phil Owens (Pickens) joined the business community for a discussion on infrastructure needs, priorities and funding mechanisms.

January 24, 2014

The Headlines:
  • Infrastructure, Workforce Development Hot Topics at Business Speaks
  • Pollution Control Act Clarification Needed
  • Governor Presents State of the State
  • General Assembly Approves Government Restructuring
  • In Other News...

Moving SC Forward: 30 legislators earned Business Advocate Awards for scoring 100% on the 2013 Legislative Scorecard and are committed to job creation in the Palmetto State.

January 17, 2014

The Headlines:
  • General Assembly Returns to Columbia
  • Conference Committee Approves Department of Administration
  • Free Market Legislation Pending in Senate
  • Governor Releases Executive Budget
  • Business Speaks to Discuss Legislative Priorities, Honor Advocates
  • In Other News...

Moving SC Forward: Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressmen Joe Wilson, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney, Jim Clyburn and Tom Rice supported the state’s ports, the Savannah River Site and jobs for South Carolinians by voting in favor of the Omnibus
appropriations bill.

January 13, 2014

The Headlines:
  • General Assembly to Convene Tuesday
  • Business Freedom to Choose Act Resides In Senate
  • NLRB Throws In The Towel On Notice Posting Rule
  • Governor Haley Releases Education Plan

Moving SC Forward: Governor Nikki Haley released a K-12 education plan that addresses many of the business community’s top workforce development priorities including reading proficiency, inequitable funding among school districts and technology in schools.