Tally Sheet

Anti-abortion protesters in Charleston in 2015.  Photo by Andy Brack

TALLY SHEET: From abortion politics to pyramid schemes

Staff reports | State lawmakers introduced an array of bills dealing with everything from abortion and pyramid schemes to the state’s Freedom of Information Act and how it budgets. Senators introduced 18 measures while House members placed 41 new measures into the legislative hopper. Of key interest:

Abortions. S. 564 (Grooms) seeks to prohibit so-called “dismemberment abortions.”

Childcare regs. S. 569 (Shealy) seeks to update childcare facility regulations in relation to daytime programs and day camps, liability insurance, prohibit daycare vouchers from some facilities and more. H. 4044 (G.M. Smith) is similar.

by · 03/24/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   Few bills introduced this week

TALLY SHEET: Few bills introduced this week

Staff reports | The pickings were slim for new bills introduced in the House and Senate other than the usual stream of congratulatory resolutions. Among the handful of substantive bills:

College enterprise. S. 542 (Talley) would allow the board of a public college of university to establish an “enterprise division” and allow the college to transfer certain assets to it and make them exempt from some state regulations, such as procurement, with several provisions.

Ticket scalping. S. 558 (M.B. Matthews) seeks a law to keep resellers of tickets from earning more than a dollar above the face value.

by · 03/17/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   From the state budget to guns, vouchers and partisanship

TALLY SHEET: From the state budget to guns, vouchers and partisanship

Staff reports | The House Ways and Means committee this week formally introduced its annual budget bill and related bills in preparation for next week’s floor debate on how the state will spend about $8 billion in general fund revenues. Lawmakers also introduced about 100 more bills during the week.

by · 03/10/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   From cutting tax brackets to regulating porn

TALLY SHEET: From cutting tax brackets to regulating porn

Staff reports | As the legislative session heads toward the halfway mark in terms of legislative days, lawmakers for the first time introduced fewer than 100 bills over the past week with the Senate tallying 32 new bills and resolutions and the House eight more. Among the interesting bills introduced were measures calling for the end of top income tax brackets and regulation of pornography:

by · 03/03/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   Lawmakers file bills to thwart opioid abuse

TALLY SHEET: Lawmakers file bills to thwart opioid abuse

Staff reports | Four Republican House members this week filed a package of 10 bills designed to thwart the rising epidemic of opioid and heroin abuse.

It’s a comprehensive approach to build a foundation to address the problem of rising additions to legal painkillers and heroin, according to state Reps. Eric Bedingfield of Greenville, Russell Fry of Surfside Beach, Phyllis Henderson of Greenville and Chip Huggins of Columbia.

by · 02/24/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:  Bills introduced on tax credits, relief and sales tax exemptions

TALLY SHEET: Bills introduced on tax credits, relief and sales tax exemptions

Staff reports | State lawmakers introduced 108 bills over the past week, many of which were congratulatory or memorials, such as one to honor the late Rep. Joe Neal, D-Hopkins, for his service. He died Tuesday.

In the Senate, members introduced bills related to financial exploitation of vulnerable adults as well as measures for agriculture and rural jobs, community development tax credits and municipal tax relief.

In the House, state Rep. Josh Putnam. R-Piedmont, introduced several measures seeking to get rid of the state Transportation Commission and have the Department of Transportation eventually run by an elected secretary. He also proposed getting rid of all state sales tax exemptions.

by · 02/17/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   Bills to help the working poor, raise gas tax, fix pension system

TALLY SHEET: Bills to help the working poor, raise gas tax, fix pension system

Staff reports | Lawmakers introduced 101 bills over the last week, including several measures by S.C. Sen. Marlon Kimpson, D-Charleston, aimed at helping low-income South Carolinians through a tax credit for the working poor and low-income housing credits.

by · 02/10/2017 · News, Tally Sheet
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TALLY SHEET: From redistricting to revenge porn

Lawmakers introduced 106 new bills in the House and Senate over the last week including companion bills that seek to thwart neighbors from filing “nuisance suits” against nearby manufacturers or industrial facilities.

In the Senate, Sen. Nikki Setzler (D-Lexington) is seeking a measure to have an independent commission to conduct redistricting of House, Senate and congressional districts every 10 years – a move that attempts to remove some of the political gerrymandering that has gone on for years.

In the House are three bills that will get some attention – a measure by Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg) to pay women the same as men and another measure by Rep. John King (D-York) to ensure that Confederate flags aren’t displayed in public buildings other than museums. State Rep. Beth Bernstein (D-Richland) introduced a measure making “revenge porn” illegal. (We’ll let you read that bill.)

by · 02/02/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet