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ChamberBuzz: Taking a Stance on Roads

Finish the Job…The Chamber has endorsed House Bill 3516 filed by House Majority Leader, Representative Gary Simrill, and others. We can’t wait any longer to pass a long-term, sustainable solution.  Our roads affect every South Carolinian, business, and job creator in our state.  This funding proposal provides a long-term sustainable solution, and adequately captures out of state trucks and motorists who use our roads.  To read more click here.  We will continue to push for and support bills that offer a solution to this issue.

The Business Community has Spoken… Thank you to everyone who came out to make our Business Speaks event a huge success.  It was standing room only with more than one hundred business leaders gathered to hear from House Speaker Jay Lucas, President pro tem Hugh Leatherman, and panels of senators and representatives.  The lawmakers discussed tax structure, roads funding, workforce issues, and business licensing. To see highlights from the day’s events visit our Twitter and Facebook page.

An Award is Waiting… All you have to do is apply!  Throughout the year the Chamber recognizes outstanding companies and individuals through several different awards and programs.  Right now nominations are open for Safety Awards, HR Professional of the Year, and Best Places to Work in South Carolina.  Applying is simple and can be done online.  Click here to see that your company gets the nod it deserves.

The S.C. Supreme Court decides… the next lieutenant governor has to be the president pro tempore of the state Senate.  The Supreme Court ruled that the constitutional amendment passed by voters won’t take effect until the 2018 election. That means the state constitution still calls on the Senate’s leader to fill a vacancy in the lieutenant governor’s office.

We thank you for your investment and support as we work to make South Carolina the best place in the nation to live, work and do business.


Bills To Watch
H.3516 – Infrastructure Funding
House Majority Leader Gary Simrill introduced this legislation on Wednesday which raises $600 million in recurring, sustainable revenue to fix our roads and bridges.
Status: Referred to House Ways & Means Committee
Chamber Position: Support

S.54 – Infrastructure Funding
In December, Senator Sean Bennett pre-filed this comprehensive bill to generate more than $800 million in recurring, sustainable revenue for infrastructure improvements, coupled with a tax reduction of approximately $400 million through changes to individual income tax rates, manufacturing and business property taxes, and college tuition tax credits.
Status: Referred to Senate Finance Committee
Chamber Position: Support

S.27 – State Superintendent of Education 
On Wednesday, Cynthia Bennett, VP of Education for the Chamber, testified before the Senate Education’s K-12 Subcommittee on the need to pass this bill, which grants the Governor authority to appoint the Superintendent of Education.
Status: Received favorable report with amendment from Senate K-12 Subcommittee and moves to Senate Education Committee
Chamber Position: Support

S.218 – Employee Benefits
This bill reserves the right to establish and mandate employee benefits to the General Assembly.
Status: Received a favorable report from Senate LCI Labor & Employment Subcommittee and moves to Senate LCI Committee
Chamber Position: Support

H.3220 – EEDA Coordinating Council
This bill reestablishes the Education & Economic Development Coordinating Council, a collaborative effort between the education and business communities to strengthen our state’s workforce. Cynthia Bennett testified before the House Education & Public Works’ K-12 Subcommittee in support of this bill on Wednesday.
Status: Received a favorable report from House Education & Public Works’ K-12 Subcommittee and moves to House Education & Public Works Committee
Chamber Position: Support

H.3427 – Computer Science Education Initiative
This bill states that, beginning in fall 2018, public high schools and charter high schools will offer computer science coursework.  It also states that the State Board of Education will adopt grade appropriate standards for Computer Science coursework.
Status: Received favorable report with amendment (removal of language regarding funds) from E.P.W. K-12 Subcommittee and moves to House EPW Committee
Chamber Position: Support

H. 3221 – Statewide Fiscal Accountability (Fiscal Practices and Budgetary Conditions)
This legislation requires the Department of Education to develop and adopt a statewide program for identifying fiscal practices and budgetary conditions.
Status: Received a favorable report from House E.P.W. K-12 Subcommittee and moves to House E.P.W. Committee
Chamber Position: Support

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