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           Statehouse Report #16
            Monday, May 16, 2011

                                      Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs


Over the past few weeks, Governor Haley has announced several major company expansions and relocations that show that our state (and her hard-working people) is selling itself as a premier business destination. From Wal-Mart to Amy’s Kitchen to Michelin, nearly 5,000 new jobs are coming to South Carolina and many of our neighbors are headed back to work. Locally, it was announced last week by Forbes that the Charleston area is the #8 Best Mid-Size City for Jobs!

Now, our State House has been given an option - rest on these laurels or fight to bring even more jobs to our area and state. This past week has shown that my colleagues and I chose the latter.

By passing the Point of Sale Repeal, of which I was a co-sponsor, the House not only changed property reassessment, but it also passed a jobs bill. A recent study by recognized economists showed that repealing the Point of Sale provision will create up to 35,000 jobs and have a 4.2 billion dollar impact on our state’s economic activity. An increase of the said 35,000 jobs would lower our state’s unemployment rate by up to 2 percentage points!

The second major piece of legislation that has the potential to help our neighbors get back to work is the 2011 Illegal Immigration Bill. This bill requires SC Law Enforcement officers to verify a person’s immigration status if the officers have reasonable suspicion that the person stopped, detained, or arrested is an illegal immigrant. It also makes it a crime for an illegal immigrant to ask for work or attempt to ask for work.

This bill complements the 2008 Illegal Immigration Bill that was considered, at the time, “the toughest illegal immigration bill in the nation.” According to a 2011 Pew Research Center study, the number of illegal immigrants declined 21.4% with the passage of the 2008 bill. By making it even more difficult for illegal immigrants to live and work in our state, the bill should free up jobs for American citizens and legal immigrants.

Lastly, I am extremely pleased to share with you that Voter ID has finally passed in the Senate. With Governor Haley’s signature, voters will need to prove who they are with a state-issued picture ID. I am honored to be a co-sponsor on this legislation and to help strengthen our electoral process.

Before reviewing the status of my sponsored bills below, I ask that you please “share” my Facebook page with your friends and encourage them to also “follow” my Twitter page. This way our conservative message can be shared with more folks and 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.4206, “Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act,” A Concurrent Resolution to memorialize the Congress of the United States to enact without delay S.632, the "Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act" which, among other provisions, extends the time period for rebuilding certain overfished fisheries, and to request the United States Department of Commerce to set as a priority funding for fisheries data needs and fishery stock assessments -- Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions.

H.4200, “Locally Grown Farm Food,” A Bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 46-3-25 so as to require the Department of Agriculture to create and maintain a program to encourage schools to serve locally grown, minimally processed farm foods -- Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.

H.4199, “Truth in Government Act,” A Bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, so as to enact the "Truth in Government Act"; to amend Section 2-69-30, relating to the authority of Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives to administer oaths and affirmations and take testimony, so as to require persons who testify before a Committee or Subcommittee of the Senate or House of Representatives to do so under oath or affirmation and to provide that willful presentment of false, materially misleading, or materially incomplete testimony under oath or affirmation in a proceeding in the Senate or House of Representatives be treated as perjury; and to amend Section 16-9-10, relating to perjury, to expressly include Committee or Subcommittee proceedings in the Senate or House of Representatives in the purview of the statute -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.4185, “Presidential Requirements” -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.4176, “Boeing Selection Protection” -- Introduced, Adopted, Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary.

H.4152, "Nate Dapore Resolution" -- Introduced and Adopted.

H.4139, "State Day of Prayer" -- 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. House Roll Call Yeas 60, Nays 45.

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. Senate Roll Call Yeas 26, Nays 16. Senate Ordered Enrolled for Ratification.


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.