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Legislative Weekly Summary: January 14-18

WEEK IN REVIEW: January 14-18, 2019

This Past Week in Committee

​Finance Committee

S.207 -- Assessment Ratios: A bill to ensure an owner who is entitled to the special assessment ratio for owner-occupied residential property, that becomes a patient at a nursing home or community residential care facility, retains the four percent (4%) assessment ratio and applicable exemptions. This is as long as the owner otherwise qualifies, has intention to return to the property and the property is not rented in excess of seventy-two (72) days in a year.

S.227 -- Operating Millage for Municipalities: A bill to enact an operating millage for a municipality that incorporates after January 1, 2019. After the operating millage is imposed, it is subject to limitations on increases consistent with current law.

S.76 -- Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes Incentive Program: A bill to extend the Energy Efficient Manufactured Homes Incentive Program for an additional five years, to expire July 1, 2024.

S.214 --Sales Tax Collection: A bill to further define “marketplace facilitator” as to further clarify that any person that engages in the business of facilitating a retail sale of tangible personal property -- including but not limited to any space, store, catalog, website, television, radio broadcast, or similar place -- is responsible for remitting the sales and use tax to the State.

S.217 -- Flooding and Drainage Repair: A bill to amend the South Carolina Accommodations Tax, Local Hospitality Tax and Local Accommodations Tax to allow revenue to be expended for control and repair of flooding and drainage within tourism-related lands or areas, or a site preparation, demolition, repair or construction.

S.108 -- Capitol Grounds : A bill to re-define the coordinates containing the capitol grounds to add Pendleton Street as a defining boundary. The updated coordinates would surround the entire capitol complex: Gervais, Assembly, Pendleton and Sumter Streets.

S.309 -- PTSD Insurance : A bill to direct the State Law Enforcement Division to distribute $250,000 to the SC Firefighters Association for PTSD Insurance and Programs. This gives the chief the authority to direct the funds, previously included in last year’s budget provisos.

S.309 -- Industry Partnership Fund Tax Credits : A bill to increase the Aggregate Credit Amount for Industry Partnership Fund Tax Credit. One hundred percent (100%) of the amount contributed to the Industry Partnership Fund at the South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), or an SCRA-designated affiliate is eligible up to a maximum credit of two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) for a single taxpayer, not to exceed an aggregate credit of twelve million dollars ($12M) for all taxpayers. Any member of the SCRA Board of Trustees or SCLaunch!, Inc is not considered a taxpayer and may not claim the credit.

Medical Affairs Committee

S.16 -- Emergency Prescription Refills: A bill to extend the amount of a prescription refill supply from a ten (10) day period to a fourteen (14) day supply. As amended, the dispensing pharmacist must notify the prescriber of the refill, and the amount, no later than ten (10) days after the supply is filled. An emergency supply is only allowable once in a twelve-month period.

S.169 -- Cannabis Research: A resolution to urge the federal government, Congress and the Attorney General, to conduct research on the use of cannabis to treat medical conditions and illnesses.

S.205 -- Alzheimer’s Early Detection: A bill to include to the duties of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Resource Coordination Center to provide additional duties to facilitate and coordinate early detection and educational initiatives for health care providers.

Looking Ahead to Next Week

State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Banking and Insurance Committee

S.16 -- Insurer Disclosure: Requires an insurer or insurance group to submit a corporate governance annual disclosure and establish requirements for the disclosure, provide penalty of insurer who fails to file the disclosure, and establish procedure for the director to determine whether he may act as a group-wide supervisor and definitions.

S.358 -- Workers Compensation: Relating to South Carolina Insurance Guaranty Association to prohibit self-insurer from participating in or obtaining benefits from workers' compensation commission to secure an actuarial opinion before approving transfer of a self-insurer to a licensed insurer

S.360 -- Food Spoilage Claims: Procedures for Department of Insurance. Certain individuals are authorized to adjust food spoilage claims without adjuster's license, and make additional provisions relating to insurance policy and data security.

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.

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