South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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A116, R129, H4014

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Hixon, Tallon, Johnson and R. Williams
Document Path: l:\council\bills\agm\19509cz19.docx

Introduced in the House on February 19, 2019
Introduced in the Senate on April 9, 2019
Last Amended on March 17, 2020
Passed by the General Assembly on March 19, 2020
Governor's Action: March 19, 2020, Signed

Summary: COVID-19; funding for DHEC

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   2/19/2019  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 41)
   2/19/2019  House   Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources 
                        and Environmental Affairs (House Journal-page 41)
   3/27/2019  House   Committee report: Favorable Agriculture, Natural 
                        Resources and Environmental Affairs 
                        (House Journal-page 33)
    4/2/2019  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: R.Williams
    4/2/2019  House   Debate adjourned until  Wed., 4-3-19 
                        (House Journal-page 43)
    4/4/2019  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 65)
    4/4/2019  House   Roll call Yeas-101  Nays-2 (House Journal-page 66)
    4/4/2019  House   Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative 
                        day (House Journal-page 67)
    4/5/2019  House   Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 7)
    4/9/2019  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 14)
    4/9/2019  Senate  Referred to Committee on Finance (Senate Journal-page 14)
   3/17/2020  Senate  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Finance 
                        (Senate Journal-page 5)
   3/17/2020  Senate  Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 6)
   3/17/2020  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 6)
   3/17/2020  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 6)
   3/17/2020  Senate  Roll call Ayes-42  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 6)
   3/17/2020  Senate  Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative 
                        day (Senate Journal-page 9)
   3/18/2020          Scrivener's error corrected
   3/18/2020  Senate  Read third time and returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 1)
   3/19/2020  House   Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled
   3/19/2020  House   Roll call Yeas-119  Nays-0
   3/19/2020          Ratified R  129
   3/19/2020          Signed By Governor
   3/19/2020          Effective date  03/19/20
   3/19/2020          Act No.  116

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

2/19/2019
3/27/2019
3/17/2020
3/18/2020

(Text matches printed bills. Document has been reformatted to meet World Wide Web specifications.)

NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

(A116, R129, H4014)

AN ACT TO MAKE SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020 TO THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET OFFICE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL FOR THE STATE'S PUBLIC HEALTH RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER MATTERS.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    From the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Contingency Reserve Fund, there is appropriated $45,000,000 to the Executive Budget Office for use by the Department of Health and Environmental Control for the coordination of the state's public health preparedness and response to the COVID-19 virus.

SECTION    2.    The Executive Budget Office shall establish a COVID-19 Response account separate and distinct from all other accounts. The funds appropriated in SECTION 1 shall be credited to the COVID-19 Response account. The Department of Health and Environmental Control shall request funds from the account to be expended only for those purposes necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Budget Office shall release funds from the account upon the Department of Health and Environmental Control's request only if the requested funds are necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning on April 1, 2020, and on the first day of each month thereafter, the Executive Budget Office shall provide a detailed accounting of the expenditure of all funds appropriated pursuant to this act. The report shall be transmitted to the Governor, the General Assembly, and made available on the department's website.

SECTION    3.    Nothing in this act limits the Department of Health and Environmental Control from continuing to expend funds from other sources, including funds appropriated for the current fiscal year, that are necessary to address the state's response to COVID-19. Any unexpended funds appropriated pursuant to this act may be carried forward, without limitation, into the succeeding fiscal year and expended for the same purpose.

SECTION    4. The Department of Health and Environmental Control is authorized to take action to reallocate supplies and employees to meet the demands of hospitals and other medical providers who receive Medicaid or other state funds that are located within specific areas of this State where COVID-19 infections are most concentrated, commonly referred to as hotspots. The provisions of this SECTION expire thirty days after an executive order issued by the Governor lifting a state of emergency related to COVID-19.

SECTION    5.    For the period beginning March 19, 2020, and ending September 1, 2020, the earnings limitation imposed pursuant to Section 9-1-1790 and Section 9-11-90 of the South Carolina Code does not apply to retired members of the South Carolina Retirement System or the Police Officers Retirement System who return to covered employment to participate in the state's public health preparedness and response to the COVID-19 virus.

SECTION    6.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and the appropriations contained herein must be distributed immediately upon approval.

Ratified the 19th day of March, 2020.

Approved the 19th day of March, 2020. .

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