S.88 would make property owners who prohibit concealed carry on their premises liable for any injury that CWP holders may suffer during the commission of a crime on those premises. This measure is both unjust and ill-advised due to the voluntary nature of CWP holders’ presence on gun-free premises. This bill also allows permitless carry by individuals being mandatorily evacuated during a state of emergency and creates a new “institutional carry permit” which would enable holders to carry in schools, hospitals, etc. Finally, the bill requires identifying stickers to be placed on CWP holders’ vehicle license plates. The latter provision would clearly identify CWP holders, negating the reason for concealment.]]>
H. 3038 would create a South Carolina Board of Locksmiths. This board would create, adopt and administer examinations and tests that would certify someone as a licensed locksmith. This bill would establish an unnecessary barrier to entry for those interested in entering the locksmithing business.]]>
H. 3002 would require that new regulations issued would expire after 5 years, unless they are reviewed by the General Assembly. While there are exceptions, this would be a step in the right direction towards freeing South Carolina.]]>
H. 3005 would determine how every residential building in the state will protect themselves from fire by installing certain types of fire and smoke alarms. Strong penalties are enforced for non-compliance, with fines starting at 500 dollars for the first offense.]]>
H. 3085 would set the minimum wage in the state to $10.10 an hour. While this bill, and the many that have come before it, are well intentioned, they ignore basic principles of sound economics in order to create legislation that sounds and feels good. This bill ignores the negative impact that minimum wage hikes have on poor and low skilled workers.]]>
S.182 requires licensing by the Board of Medical Examiners for the practice of electrology and for electrology instruction. The bill creates the Electrology Licensure Committee which would consist of five members appointed by the Governor. The Committee members would receive per diem, mileage, and subsistence and would oversee and implement electrologist licensing and regulations.
This bill imposes numerous onerous requirements, regulations, fees, etc. with broad powers being given to the Committee and Board. Aside from the bureaucratic bloat and potential for abuse inherent in the structure of this bill, licensing laws do not ensure quality of service. However, they are very effective at driving up prices and keeping lower-income entrepreneurs from entering the industry.]]>
S.180 turns the Commission on Disabilities and Special Needs into an advisory board rather than the governing body of the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and makes the department director a gubernatorial appointment subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. This bill also gives the Governor the authority to remove the director at will. This would remove an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy and make the department (an executive agency) much more accountable to the Governor.]]>
S.145 would enact a biennial state budget to be considered and passed during odd-numbered years. However, the General Assembly would be permitted to enact a supplemental appropriations bill or a capital reserve fund appropriations bill every year. Adopting a biennial budget would be a positive reform, limiting spending opportunities and lobbying opportunities as well reducing the need for a lengthy session. However, the possibility for supplemental appropriations bills would likely negate any good this bill would otherwise do.]]>
S.141 would amend the Constitution to require a state minimum wage that is at least one dollar more than the federal minimum wage, must be adjusted annually for inflation, and would provide civil causes of action and legal relief for violation.
S.142 would place a non-binding advisory question on the ballot regarding a state-imposed minimum wage that is one dollar more than the federal minimum wage.
Minimum wage laws harm business by driving up costs, and harm low-skilled individuals by denying them entry level jobs which they could use to build experience and skills, leading to advancement and a higher wage.]]>
S.140 is a joint resolution to amend the Constitution and would make the Commissioner of Agriculture a gubernatorial appointment with advice and consent of the Senate rather than a statewide elected office. The Commissioner of Agriculture is an executive office and it should properly be appointed by and answerable to the Governor.]]>