Legislative Calendar for Feb. 20 – Feb 22, 2018

Today a Senate Judiciary subcommittee considered legislation calling for a convention of states to amend the US Constitution. While restraining federal overreach – the goal of this resolution – is a commendable goal, amending the Constitution would be both ineffective and dangerous. (read more)

Also in a Senate committee this week is S.516 – a gun regulatory bill lengthening the waiting period for background checks from three days to five (among other things).

Finally, the House Ways and Means Committee is holding a series of meetings to finalize the House budget draft. The House will likely begin considering the budget around March 12, according to Ways and Means Chairman Brian White.

A number of bills and issues covered in our annual publication Best & Worst of the General Assembly 2017 are on the House and Senate floor calendars. Those bills are color-coded according to their status in Best & Worst and linked to the appropriate page.


On the House and Senate Floor:


  • H.4795 – Special exemption from certain regulations for auction at annual Hilton Head Island Concours D’Elegance (recalled from committee)
  • H.4618 – Reduces number of car sales a dealer must make before he’s issued a dealer plate
  • H.4810 – Study committee on metal detectors in public schools (SCPC analysis)
  • H.4596 – “Competency-based schools” may apply for certain regulatory exemptions
  • H.3622 – Expanding scope of practice for podiatrists (SCPC analysis)
  • S.954 – Prohibits PSC from issuing any BLRA orders except for experimental rate in House bill (SCPC analysis)
  • S.955 – Joint resolution instructing PURC to resume PSC candidate screening
  • H.3064 – Regulations for dispensing hormonal contraceptives without prescription
  • H.3722 – Bond bill (SCPC analysis here and here)
  • H.4380 – Ratepayer relief
  • H.4376 – Santee Cooper “reform”
  • H.3565 – Removes automatic stay for a permitting decision if contested
  • S.105 – Automatic stay on agency decisions in administrative law court
  • H.3867 – Nonprofit property tax exemptions if it houses low-income residents


  • H.4272 – Extending Lexington penny tax
  • Five remaining budget vetoes – (SCPC analysis)
  • H.4729 – Only three liquor licenses allowed per individual (SCPC analysis here and here)
  • S. 805 – Creates the Department of Children’s Advocacy
  • H.4377 – Tweaks the PSC
  • H.4077 – Exceptional needs tax credit
  • S.888 – School faculty members may receive pay for unused sick days (SCPC analysis)
  • H.3427 – Computer Science Education Initiative
  • S. 889 – Capital Project Sales Tax Act (SCPC analysis)
  • S.866 – Repeals tax credits for geothermal machinery
  • S.916 – Tax credit for energy efficient homes
  • S.917 – Hospitality/local tax used for flood repair
  • S.137 – Making superintendent of education appointed by governor (SCPC analysis)
  • S.160 – Reestablishes sentencing reform oversight committee
  • S.534 – Creating pilot district accountability models (standards for kids to meet Profile of the SC Graduate)
  • S.324 – Retired officials can carry concealed anywhere (similar to H.3025 – SCPC analysis)
  • H.3886 – Additional regulations for homeowners associations
  • S.148 – Additional fee for magistrate court civil filings
  • H.3885 – Additional regulations for health care practitioners
  • H.3591 – First steps to school readiness
  • H.3055 – New study committee and pilot program regarding criminal justice
  • H.3234 – Strikes occupancy requirement for tenants primarily engaged in agriculture
  • H.3929 – DHEC permitting of agricultural facilities
  • S. 759 – Property tax exemption for persons with brain and spinal injuries
  • H.4868 – PEBA audit due in 2020 instead of 2019

Tuesday – 2/20/18

House committee meetings

  • Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee
  • Ways and Means Committee – budget provisos
  • 3-M Committee
    • H.4529 – Allows nurses to practice telemedicine
  • Judiciary Committee
    • H.3830 – Individual may not lobby former state agency within one year of leaving job
    • H.3139 – Baseball complex may purchase permit to sell beer and wine

Senate committee meetings

  • Senate budget hearings (Transportation and Regulation)
  • Judiciary subcommittee
    • S.833 – Local body may pass ordinance requiring individual to keep property clean
  • Judiciary Committee
    • S.3318 – Creates illegal immigration enforcement unit
  • K-12 Education subcommittee
    • H.4814 – Schools must inspect for mildew every five years (SCPC analysis)
    • H.4322 – Allows for creation of charter schools in the workplace
    • H.4803  – Homeschool students no longer have to wait year to participate in interscholastic activities
    • H.4202  – Private schools can participate in interscholastic activities

Wednesday – 2/21/18

House committee meetings

  • 3-M subcommittee
    • H.4117 – Drug courts have access to data in prescription monitoring program
  • Transportation and Motor Vehicles subcommittee
    • H.4480 – More stringent texting and driving laws

Senate committee meetings

  • K-12 Education subcommittee
    • S.709 – State Fire Marshal must inspect school facilities annually
    • S.3513 – Creates SC Retired Educator certificate
  • Senate budget hearings (K-12 Education)
  • Judiciary subcommittee
    • S.516 – Expands background check laws for firearm purchases

Thursday – 2/22/18

House committee meetings

  • 3-M subcommittee
    • H.4075 – Certain municipal parking regulations may only be passed by General Assembly
    • H.4162 – Inclusionary zoning can be used to increase access “affordable housing”
  • Constitutional Laws subcommittee
    • H.4421 – SC Electric Consumer Bill of Rights Act
    • H.4425 – Public Utility Consumer Protection Act

Senate committee meetings

  • Senate budget hearings (Natural Resources & Higher Education)
  • Medical Affairs sub committee
    • H.3926 – Regulations for impounding pharmacies
    • S.506 – Allows for emergency prescription refills by out-of-state pharmacies


Who’s feeding your lawmakers this week?

  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • South Carolina Association of Probate Judges
  • United Way Association of South Carolina
  • South Carolina Association of Counties
  • Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Conservation Coalition