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           Statehouse Report #15
            Monday, May 9, 2011

                                 Shortening the Legislative Session


I believe it is my duty to fight for you in establishing a smaller, less intrusive government.

A 1995 George Mason University and University of Connecticut study showed that the longer Congress was in session, the longer and more complex legislation became. Its conclusion? The growth of government can be traced, in part, to the length of a session of Congress.

Even though South Carolina is one of the smallest states, it has one of the longest legislative sessions in the nation – five months each year. For comparison, Florida meets for two months; Georgia meets for 40 days; and Tennessee meets for 90 days – over a two year period.

In 2009, the South Carolina State House removed four weeks from the session; and, in doing so, proved that it is possible to have a dramatically shorter legislative session while still completing the people's work in an efficient and timely manner. This session, the House took off two weeks and saved the taxpayers at least $100,000.

Last week, my colleagues and I passed legislation that will make our legislative session shorter, forcing legislators to make everyday even that much more meaningful, saving taxpayers’ money and making state government leaner. With a shorter legislative session, fewer members could go to Columbia to meet with committees, to take testimony on legislation and to craft new legislation. Following that, the entire General Assembly would meet to approve the legislation only when it needs to – again, saving time and more importantly saving your money.

I was interviewed last week in Columbia on this very important issue and want to share the interview with you. I ask you to please watch the video by clicking here and share it on your Facebook and Twitter, so that all of our neighbors can see the importance of this issue. I also ask that you please share my Facebook page with your Facebook friends, so that our conservative message can be shared with more folks and that even more input can be given on bills I sponsor and vote on.

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

H.4185, “Presidential Requirements,” A Bill to amend Section 7-11-15, as amended, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to candidate qualifications, so as to provide that a candidate seeking to participate in a presidential preference primary must include within his statement of candidacy a sworn affirmation that he meets all the requirements for holding the office of president of the united states -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.4176, “Boeing Selection Protection,” A Concurrent Resolution to condemn the complaint filed by the acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board asserting that the Boeing Company's selection of North Charleston for its newest final assembly and delivery production facility for the 787 Dreamliner airplane violated the National Labor Relations Act, and to urge that the complaint be dismissed by the board as an unwarranted intrusion into a business decision of the Boeing Company and the economic development activities of the state of South Carolina, and because of its adverse impact on the future economic growth of the United States of America -- Introduced, Adopted, Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary.

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 Bill 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. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary.

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. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary.

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. Referred to Senate Committee on Finance.

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.