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KEY VOTE ALERT: State Chamber Will Score S.267

May 31, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. –The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce today issued the following Key Vote letter to members of the South Carolina House regarding S.267, a bill which shortens the length of the legislative session by one month by changing the date for the mandatory adjournment of the General Assembly from the first Thursday in June to the first Thursday in May. The State Chamber supports passage of this legislation and this vote will be scored on the Chamber’s annual Legislative Scorecard.

Ted Pitts, S.C. Chamber President said, “The General Assembly would be well served to have a shorter legislative session. Not only will it promote efficiency, forcing members to prioritize and address issues important to the state, but it will also allow citizens from a variety of professional backgrounds to seek elected office. As the Chamber continues to fight for pro-business policies at the Statehouse, we believe that having members who have experience with the various issues facing business will only make South Carolina more competitive and create more jobs.”

Full Text of the Key Vote Letter

May 31, 2016

TO: Members of the South Carolina House

RE: S.267 – Shortening Legislative Session (Support)

Dear Members:

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce supports passage of S.267, a bill which shortens the length of the legislative session by one month by changing the date for the mandatory adjournment of the General Assembly from the first Thursday in June to the first Thursday in May.

South Carolina has one of the longest legislative sessions in the nation. The current session, at three days per week over six months, discourages many competitive, working individuals from seeking office. The business community supports an abbreviated session, as it would compel legislative efficiency and allow individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds to serve our state.

Please note that the Chamber will score your vote on S.267 in the 2016 Legislative Scorecard.

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