This Week In The Senate: March 4 - 9, 2018

March 11, 2018


As always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help, and thank you for allowing me to serve you in Columbia.


Sent or returned to the house...


Hurricane Mitigation Program

A bill to expand the Hurricane Mitigation Program to include flood damage.


Execution Method 

A bill to provide that a person convicted of a capital crime and has a death sentence imposed shall suffer the penalty by electrocution or at the election of the person lethal injection if available. This bill changes the default method to electrocution and only allows an election of lethal injection if the drugs are available.  


Newborn Information to Parents

A bill to require that information available to parents of newborns include safe sleep practices and the causes of sudden unexpected infant death syndrome.


Retired Educator Teaching Certificates

A bill to provide retired educator teaching certificates for people who meet certain criteria and the duration of those certificates.  


Second Reading...

Controlled Substance Take-Back Events 

A bill to require Sheriffs to maintain at least one onsite drop-off box throughout the year that is available to the general public for the purpose of disposing of controlled substances.  


Department of Children’s Advocacy 

A bill to create the Department of Children’s Advocacy, the director of which shall be appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate.The purpose of the agency is to ensure that children receive adequate protection and care from services or programs offered various state agencies.  The Department will also receive and investigate complaints from children in the care of the state. The Department shall also be required to establish a toll free child abuse hotline. Finally the Foster Care review Board and the Continuum of Care will be transferred under the Department of Children’s Advocacy.


Lt. Governor

A bill to provide beginning with the 2018 general election a procedure for the Governor to select a Lieutenant Governor as a joint ticket running mate and to provide that they should be considered as a single candidate for contributions and establishing a committee. The bill will increase the contribution limit to three thousand five hundred for jointly elected candidates



Fish, Game and Forestry Committee

Favorable Report:


Turkey Seasons and Limits

A bill to extend the period in which wild turkey seasons and bag limits for certain counties are suspended, until July 1, 2020.


Coming up this week...


Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee:


SC Mining Act

A bill to add exemptions to the South Carolina Mining Act for the Department of Commerce, Division of Public Railways and persons acting under contract with the Department.  


Coastal Zone Management Appellate Panel

A bill to repeal Code Section 48-39-40 which established the Coastal Zone Management Appellate Panel.


General Permits/Coastal Zone

A bill that codifies current procedures for the issuance of general permits available for tideland critical areas of the coastal zone.  DHEC currently has in place an application process for the general permit, including a fee structure and an appeals process.


Beachfront Management Reform Act

A bill to reestablish and provide guidelines for baselines in the “Beachfront Management Reform Act”. Between the establishment cycle of January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2019, the department must use the established baselines and setback lines that were established by January 31, 2012. After December 31, 2023, the department must initiate baselines and setback lines for all geographic areas where baselines and setback lines were established by January 31, 2012. The bill also changes the appeals process to allow property owners to have one year to be granted a review of the baseline and setback line.


Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Tuesday March 13, 2018 upon adjournment:

S754 Comprehensive Utility Reform

H4375 Electric Rates and the Base Load Review Act

H4379 Utilities Consumer Advocate

S909 V.C. Summer Preservation


As always, thank you for the privilege of serving you in Columbia. If I can ever be of assistance to you, or if you have ideas on the issues you want me to share with the rest of the General Assembly, please don't hesitate to contact me at 843-385-4302.




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