January 15, 2019
Vol. 36, No. 02
South Carolina House of Representatives
James H. "Jay" Lucas, Speaker of the House
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND CONSTITUENT SERVICES
Room 212, Blatt Building, P.O. Box 11867, Columbia, S.C. 29211, (803) 734-3230
HOUSE WEEK IN REVIEW
BILLS INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE THIS WEEK
NOTE: THESE SUMMARIES ARE PREPARED BY THE STAFF OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND ARE NOT THE EXPRESSION OF THE LEGISLATION'S SPONSOR(S) OR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. THEY ARE STRICTLY FOR THE INTERNAL USE AND BENEFIT OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND ARE NOT TO BE CONSTRUED BY A COURT OF LAW AS AN EXPRESSION OF LEGISLATIVE INTENT.
On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, lawmakers gathered in Columbia to commence the 123rd South Carolina General Assembly. On Wednesday, the General Assembly took part in ceremonies for the inauguration of the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, and the state's other constitutional officers. During the week, committees began their work on legislation to report out for consideration by the full House.
H.3449 HEMP REGULATIONS Rep. Hiott
This bill adds that the Department of Agriculture is responsible for the regulation of hemp in South Carolina and is authorized to disseminate regulations in order to remain in strict compliance with the standards and practices established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the provisions of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. The bill also deletes Sections 465520 through 465560 that deals with industrial hemp.
H.3470 ATLANTIC OCEAN MARINE SEISMIC TESTING TO LOCATE RESERVES OF OIL
AND NATURAL GAS Rep Burns
The legislation outlines that the state of South Carolina or political subdivisions or a state agency may not approve a plan or ordinance that would deter, prohibit, or otherwise impede the construction or the use of property or infrastructure of any kind to facilitate Atlantic Ocean marine seismic testing.
H.3471 TRANSPORTATION OR STORAGE OF ATLANTIC OCEAN OFFSHORE OIL OR GAS
Notwithstanding another provision of law, a state agency or a political subdivision of this state may not approve a plan or ordinance that would deter, prohibit, or otherwise impede the construction or the use of property or infrastructure of any kind to facilitate Atlantic Ocean marine seismic testing to locate reserves of oil and natural gas or the transportation or storage of Atlantic Ocean offshore oil or gas onto the land or within the waters of this state.
H.3453 LUNCH BREAKS Rep. Martin
This bill provides that public school classroom teachers and full-time librarians are entitled to at least a thirty-minute lunch period free from all duties and responsibilities connected with the instruction and supervision of students.
H.3458 ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES Rep. Robinson
This bill requires the Department of Health and Environmental Control to coordinate the state's response to adverse childhood experiences and their negative impact on health and well-being through comprehensive data collection and analysis, training, and collaboration with public and private stakeholders on research-based and evidence-based strategies to prevent adverse childhood experiences and mitigate their impact.
H.3462 THREE-POINT LAP AND SHOULDER SEAT BELTS Rep. Robinson
This bill provides that school buses must be equipped with three-point lap and shoulder seat belts in numbers sufficient to allow all student passengers to use such belts.
H.3464 PUBLIC SCHOOL FLEXIBILITY AND PARITY STUDY COMMITTEE Rep. Robinson
This joint resolution creates the "Public School Flexibility and Parity Study Committee".
H.3448 OFFICE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REVIEW Rep. Taylor
Creates an Office of Freedom of Information Act Review within the administrative law court. Sets out the general functions, powers, procedures, and duties of this new office and court. Also would exempt data from video or audio recordings made by law enforcement vehicle-mounted recording devices or dashboard cameras. Equitable remedies available to the general public to enforce provisions of the Freedom of Information Act would also be available to this office. Prevailing parties in actions brought under this act could recover their attorney fees.
H.3450 REDEFINING THE AGE OF JUVENILES IN SOUTH CAROLINA Rep. Rutherford
Proposes amending our state constitution, through appropriate procedures, for the separate confinement from older inmates, of juvenile offenders under the age of 18, instead of the current age of 17.
H.3451 SALES OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND ALTERNATIVE NICOTINE PRODUCTS TO MINORS Rep. Rutherford
Would prohibit the sale, furnishing, or provision of cigarettes or alternative nicotine products to a person under 21 years old. Current law applies only to anyone under 18 years of age. Also, anyone under 21 would be prohibited from purchasing, possessing, attempting to possess, or using any kind of fake ID to buy or possess tobacco products or alternative nicotine products. Prohibits distributing tobacco product or alternative nicotine product samples to anyone under 21.
H.3454 MINIMUM PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY TREATMENT INVENTORIES Rep. Huggins
Requires emergency medical responders and emergency medical technicians to maintain proper amounts of pediatric supplies and oxygen for use in emergency transport. Failure to do so would be considered gross negligence. Specified damage award limitations would not apply to civil actions brought pursuant to this legislation.
H.3456 SOUTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY ACT OF 2019 Rep. Hill
The "South Carolina Constitutional Carry Act of 2019" allows anyone not prohibited from possessing firearms under state law, to carry a handgun under certain circumstances. Revises the definition of the term "concealable weapon." Anyone lawfully carrying a concealable weapon could enter a business serving alcohol so long as they do not consume alcoholic liquor, beer, or wine while carrying their weapon on site. Valid out-of-state concealable weapon permits held by a resident of another state would be honored by South Carolina. Current law only applies to reciprocal state permit holders. A property owner's right to allow concealed weapons on their premises would extend both to persons who possess-- and persons who do not possess-- a concealable weapons permit.
H.3484 MAKING TENANTS PAY RENT Rep. Clemmons
By modifying current legal definitions, requires a "tenant at will" and a "tenant at term" to pay compensation to the landlord.
H.3455 REGULATION OF SWIMMING POOLS Rep. Stavrinakis
This bill revises classifications and subclassifications of contractor licenses subject to regulation by the South Carolina Contractors' Licensing Board, so as to require the licensure of residential swimming pool contractors. The legislation revises the scope of regulated functions to include pool foundations.
H.3467 STATE MINIMUM WAGE Rep. Robinson
This bill provides that the minimum wage in this state is the greater value of either thirteen dollars or the minimum wage set by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The legislation revises provisions relating to the scope of authority to set minimum wage, so as to provide that a political subdivision of this state may not require a minimum wage that exceeds the one provided in the state statute. The legislation revises provisions relating to therapeutic patient employment, so as to provide that a patient employee must be paid the minimum wage provided in the state statute. The legislation revises provisions relating to Sunday work in machine shops and Sunday work in manufacturing or finishing of textile products, respectively, both so as to provide that Sunday work must be compensated at a rate no less than the minimum wage provided in state statute.
H.3036 DYLAN'S LAW Rep. McCravy
This bill enacts "Dylan's Law" requiring neonatal testing to include certain genetic disorders and diseases. It also requires additional lysosomal storage disorders to be tested.
H.3469 FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM Rep. Robinson
The legislation outlines that the intent of the Family Support Services Program, administered by the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Family Support Services, is to provide that individuals and families should have the right to select a specific person or agency to provide services offered through the program. The legislation also describes "Service provider" which means a private or public agency or a person, who may include a person related by blood, marriage, or adoption to the individual or family qualifying to receive services under the Family Support Program, that provides services to the individual or family for compensation.
H.3452 STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS FOR TEACHERS Rep. Robinson
This bill provides that, after five consecutive years of employment with a school district located in this state, a teacher who graduated from an accredited South Carolina fouryear college or university may apply for student loan forgiveness.
H.3457 NEW MUNICIPAL OPERATING MILLAGE Rep. Kirby
This bill provides that a municipality without an operating millage on January 1, 2019, or a municipality that incorporates after January 1, 2019, may impose an operating millage. After the operating millage is imposed, it is subject to the limitations on increases.
H.3460 "SOUTH CAROLINA GENTRIFICATION TRUST FUND" Rep. Robinson
This bill authorizes the governing body of a county or municipality to impose a onetime impact fee on a private developer for each new residential and commercial unit constructed within the county or municipality. Fees collected are deposited exclusively in a newly-created "South Carolina Gentrification Trust Fund" to provide financial assistance for relocation to low income and fixed income individuals, churches, and groups adversely impacted and displaced by gentrification. A developer who dedicates at least fifteen percent of the housing development to low income housing is exempt from the impact fee. The legislation establishes a requirement for a five million dollar annual appropriation from the General Assembly. The legislation adds the "South Carolina Gentrification Trust Fund" to the list of check off options on the income tax return which taxpayers use to make voluntary contributions.
H.3461 "POVERTY ELIMINATION BANK" Rep. Robinson
This bill creates the "Poverty Elimination Bank" to fund poverty reduction initiatives in South Carolina. The legislation adds the "Poverty Elimination Bank" to the list of check off options on the income tax return which taxpayers use to make voluntary contributions.
H.3466 TAX CREDIT FOR EMPLOYING THE FORMERLY INCARCERATED Rep. Robinson
This bill makes provisions for allowing a five thousand dollar tax credit to any taxpayer that employs a formerly incarcerated individual as a fulltime employee for one year.
H.3485 DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY FUNDING Rep. Jefferson
This bill implements recommendations arising from the House Legislative Oversight Committee's review of the Department of Archives and History. The legislation revises provisions for the income tax credit for making qualified rehabilitation expenditures for a certified historic structure, so as to remove a provision allowing the Department of Archives and History to establish fees. The legislation provides that a taxpayer claiming the credit must pay a fee to the Department of Archives and History for the State Historic Preservation Grant Fund. The legislation charges the department with developing an application process. The legislation adds the Department of Archives and History to the list of check off options on the income tax return which taxpayers use to make voluntary contributions. Such voluntary contributions must be used by the department to purchase or preserve collections with significant historical value to the state.
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