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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
TALLY SHEET:  From fights and dance halls to beer coolers at the door

TALLY SHEET: From fights and dance halls to beer coolers at the door

State lawmakers introduced more than 100 bills over the past week, including several that might may you bat an eye. State Sen. Stephen Goldfinch, R-Georgetown, offered a bill to seek to remove some antiquated laws related to dueling, seduction, dance halls and a prohibition on kids playing pinball. In the House, Rep. Chris Hart (D-Richland) wants something done about portable beer and wine coolers that block doors at stores.

by · 01/27/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   Bills seek honors for slain Senate colleague

TALLY SHEET: Bills seek honors for slain Senate colleague

Staff reports | The late Sen. Clementa Pinckney, a Jasper County resident who was killed in the Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston in June 2015, may be honored in his home county if two bills introduced by his successor become law.

by · 01/20/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:   From a conservation bank to an environmental bill of rights

TALLY SHEET: From a conservation bank to an environmental bill of rights

State lawmakers introduced more than 150 bills over the week to add to the 500+ bills that were prefiled in December. Bills ranged from measures to legalize medical marijuana and reauthorize the state Conservation Bank to calls for an Environmental Bill of Rights and voting by mail.

by · 01/13/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:  House pre-files hundreds of new bills, part 2

TALLY SHEET: House pre-files hundreds of new bills, part 2

Staff reports | State House members pre-filed more than 350 bills last week, including high-profile measures related to online porn and bathroom choice that got coverage. But there were a host of additional important bills that you should be aware of.

Key pre-filed House bills include measures related to taxes, wages, discrimination, medical marijuana, mopeds, drug tests, term limits, reapportionment and more:

by · 12/23/2016 · News, Politics, Tally Sheet