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           Statehouse Report #14
            Monday, May 2, 2011

                                        Reigning-In Regulations


When talking to many small business owners during the campaign, I heard the following line far too often, “new state regulations and fees get in the way of hiring new employees, growing our business and even keeping it afloat.”

This is one of the major reasons that my colleagues and I passed one of our final agenda items of the year – regulatory reform.

The way the law was written, legislation approved by a legislative body had to be enacted by executive branch agencies. Sometimes, those regulations were more burdensome than the General Assembly intended, which sometimes led to unintended consequences and new fees on people and businesses.

With our new regulatory reform, we are going to slow down the unintended consequences by requiring the General Assembly take a vote on regulations proposed by South Carolina’s government agencies – such as the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, and others. Not only will it force the entire General Assembly to pay more attention to these regulations, it will also require a new level of accountability to the agencies and unelected boards.

Working to protect your tax dollars, my colleagues and I also passed legislation that would require the General Assembly to approve any new administrative fees that these agencies might impose – with the only exceptions being for those that are required by the federal government, require approval from multiple-state compacts, or are market-based. We also approved legislation that extends and lowers the rates employers must pay to replenish our state’s unemployment insurance trust fund.

As I have written about several times and we all have followed very closely, the House approved the conference report for the Voter ID legislation. I urge you to contact your State Senator and urge him or her to pass this legislation this week.

Lastly, I am proud to announce that my second primary-sponsored House Resolution - H.4152 - passed this week with unanimous support. The resolution recognizes and honors Charleston County resident and PeopleMatter Founder and CEO, Nate Dapore, on being selected the 2011 “Top Up-and-Coming Entrepreneur” by the Southeast Chapter of TIE.

As I have done and will continue to do, I have listed below the status of the other bills that I have sponsored or co-sponsored for this session. They are as follows:

H.4152, “Nate Dapore Resolution,” A House Resolution to recognize and honor the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PeopleMatter, Nate Dapore, of Charleston County, and to congratulate him upon being selected as the 2011 “Top Up-and-Coming Entrepreneur” by the Southeast Chapter of TIE -- Introduced and Adopted.

H.4139, “State Day of Prayer,” A Bil to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 53-3-190 so as to establish the “State Day of Prayer” as the first Thursday in May of each year -- Roll Call Yeas 107 Nays 0. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate.

H.4096, “Graduation Data Release” -- Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.

H.4093, “Armed Forces Honor” -- Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

H.4092, “Campus Smoking” -- Referred to Committee on Education and Public.

H.4063, “Property Forfeiture,” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.4062, “Pawnbroker Pledged Goods Database” -- Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

H.3994, “Lifeguard Safety” -- Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs. Recalled from Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

H.3993, SC Fair Tax Act” -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3989, “Replacement of ‘Retarded’ with ‘Persons with Intellectual Disabilities’” -- Referred to Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.

H.3884, “Term-Limit Trustees” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3895, “Appearance Bond” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary. Roll Call Yeas 96 Nays 1. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate.

H.3793, “Bath Salts - Schedule 1 Drugs” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3768, “High School Concussions” -- Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.

H.3760, “Veteran Status License” -- Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.

H.3728, “Date of Education and Economic Development Act” -- Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.

H.3713, “Eliminate Point of Sale” -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means. Committee Report: Favorable with Amendment. House Amended.

H.3664, “Right to Carry Ammunition” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3659, “Palmetto Public Safety Act” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3658, “SC Employer Free Speech Act” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary. Committee Report: Favorable.

H.3645, “Uniform Traffic Tickets” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3641, “Zero-Base Budget” -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3585, "Krewe of Charleston" -- Introduced and Adopted.

H.3580, “Across-the-Board Expenditure Reductions” -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3563, “Streamline into Dept. of Health and Wellness” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3559, “Illegal Automobile Compartments” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3547, “Flight Log Transparency” -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3517, "Cop Shooting Bill" -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3508, "Unserved Areas" -- Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry. Committee Report: Favorable with Amendment. Roll Call Yeas 109, Nays 0. Read Third Time and Sent to the Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary. Referred to Subcommittee.

H.3507, "Repeal Federal Law by 2/3 Vote" -- Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions. House Committee Report: Favorable. Roll Call Yeas 72, Nays 44. Sent to the Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary. Referred to Subcommittee.

H.3498, "Construction Professional Contracts" -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary. Recalled from Committee on Judiciary.

H.3469, “Streamline Dept. of Corrections” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3449, "Construction Liability Insurance" -- Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

H.3423, "Open Hunting" -- Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.

H.3422, "Gold-Award Earning Girl Scout and Eagle Scout Hunting Requirements" -- Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.

H.3408, "Freedom of Conscience Act" -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary. House Committee Report: Favorable with Amendment. Roll Call Yeas 69, Nays 41. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Medical Affairs.

H.3407, "Educational Opportunity Act" -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3406, "No Abortion on State Exchange Health Plans" -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3403, "Born Alive" -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary. House Committee Report: Favorable. Roll Call Yeas 91, Nays 22. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary.

H.3395, "Murder during Official Duties" -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3375, "South Carolina Fairness in Civil Justice Act of 2011 - Tort Reform" -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary. House Committee Report: Favorable. Roll Call Yeas 100, Nays 7. Read Third Time and Sent to the Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary. Senate Committee Report: Favorable with Amendment.

H.3374, "Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact" -- Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs. Committee Report: Favorable with Amendment. Unanimous consent for Third Reading. Read Third Time and Sent to the Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry. Senate Committee Report: Favorable with Amendment. Senate Committee Amendment Adopted. Senate Roll Call Yeas 32, Nays 2. Senate Read Third Time and Sent to House with Amendments. House Roll Call Yeas 106, Nays 0. Signed by Governor into Law.

H.3372, "Electronic Collar" -- Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs. Committee Report: Favorable with Amendment. Unanimous consent for Third Reading. Read Third Time and Sent to the Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

H.3368, "Limit the General Fund" -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means. Committee Report: Favorable with Amendment. Roll Call Yeas 76 Nays 35. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Finance.

H.3346, "Solar Energy Equipment Tax Credit" -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means. Committee Report: Favorable. Roll Call Yeas 100 Nays 10. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate.

H.3315, "Charleston Recognition" -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3297, “Limiting School Bureaucracy Pay” -- Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.

H.3292, "Bear Arms in Car"-- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3291, "Streamline Agencies into SC Department of Law Enforcement and Public Safety" -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3269, "Anti-Obamacare"-- Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

H.3228, “No Benefits to Illegal Aliens” -- Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

H.3185, "Higher Education Transparency Act of 2011"-- Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works. House Committee Report: Favorable. Roll Call Yeas 110 Nays 0. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Education. Senate Committee Report: Favorable.

H.3163, "Moped" -- Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works. House Committee Report: Favorable with Amendment. House Amended. Roll Call Yeas 98 Nays 7. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Transportation.

H.3154, “Protecting Students from Sexual Battery” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3129, “Illegal Aliens Enforcement” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3103, "American Flag"-- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3095, "Transfer Fees"-- Referred to Committee on Judiciary. Roll Call Yeas 110 Nays 2. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary. Referred to Senate Subcommittee.

H.3091, “House Schedule” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3080, “House Schedule” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3067, “South Carolina Truth in Spending Act of 2011” -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3004, "Roll Call Voting"-- Referred to House Committee on Ways and Means. Roll Call Yeas 104, Nays 0. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary. Referred to Senate Subcommittee. Senate Committee Report: Majority Favorable with Amendment; Minority Unfavorable. Minority Report Removed. Senate Roll Call Yeas 42, Nays 0. Senate Committee Amendment Adopted. Senate Roll Call Yeas 35, Nays 7. Read Third Time and Sent to House with Amendments. Senate Roll Call Yeas 33, Nays 11. House Roll Call Yeas 110, Nays 0. Signed by Governor into Law.

H.3003, "Voter ID"-- Referred to House Committee on Judiciary. House Committee Report: Favorable. Roll Call Yeas 74, Nays 45. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary. Senate Committee Report: Favorable. Senate Roll Call Yeas 26, Nays 17. Read Third Time and Sent to House with Amendments. House Returned to Senate with Amendments. Senate Non-Concurrence in House Amendment. Senate Roll Call Yeas 28, Nays 15. Conference Report Received and Adopted in House. House Roll Call Yeas 71, Nays 36.

I hope this report is helpful in following my work serving you. I thank you again for the privilege of serving you in Columbia. If I can ever be of assistance, or if you have an idea or opinion on an issue, please do not hesitate to contact me at 843-452-4722 or at info@petermccoy.org.