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TALLY SHEET:  When legislating is like making mayonnaise

TALLY SHEET: When legislating is like making mayonnaise

Staff reports | The old saying goes that it’s not a pretty sight watching either laws or sausages being made.

This week, though, a little bit of mayonnaise must have been added to the mixture. State Rep. Anne Parks, D-Greenwood, sponsored H. 4149 — and got just about every other lawmaker in the House to co-sponsor — a congratulatory resolution celebrating the 100 years that Duke’s Mayonnaise has been in business.

by · 04/21/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:  From body cameras to political party registration

TALLY SHEET: From body cameras to political party registration

Staff reports | When state lawmakers return to Columbia after Easter – they’re taking a furlough week next week – they’ll likely be introducing fewer bills as an important procedural date comes April 10. That day, known as the “crossover” day, marks when new bills have to get a super-majority after passage in one chamber to be considered by the other. From a work flow standpoint, this means few bills introduced for the next month stand much of a chance of passage this year. They will, however, still be on the calendar next year in the second year of the two-year session.

by · 04/07/2017 · Politics, Tally Sheet
TALLY SHEET:  Crossover date comes early this year

TALLY SHEET: Crossover date comes early this year

Staff reports | With the General Assembly going out of general session a month earlier this year, the annual “crossover” deadline this year will be April 10. After that date, original bills from one chamber will have to get a two-thirds vote to be heard in the other chamber. The parliamentary rule essentially makes it more difficult at the busy end of a legislative session to rush through new measures that might not be fully vetted.

by · 03/31/2017 · Politics, 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