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           Statehouse Report #17
            Monday, May 23, 2011

                                   At Least 2,000 More Jobs in SC


Over 2,000 of our neighbors will be getting back to work soon, if the work of our State House last week is approved by the State Senate.

Amazon, the #78 ranked-business on the Forbes 500 list, has chosen South Carolina as their next distribution center (with three new locations) and has committed a minimum $125 million investment to our state. The State House has committed to Amazon that we will not make our South Carolina residents pay an additional sales tax on Amazon purchases for the next five years, or an estimated $2 million in new taxes per year. This is the same agreement that QVC and the State made years ago and that has lead to millions of dollars being added to our General Fund each year.

Additional benefits to Amazon choosing South Carolina are: an estimated additional 1,500 indirect jobs from new workers at the Columbia airport to new workers at UPS to even new workers at grocery stores in the Midlands; the $33,000/year salary for the 2,000 Amazon jobs; and a minimum $3 million in new income to the state each year.

I believe that a major reason for Amazon choosing South Carolina is our being a Right to Work state. I also believe that maintaining this principle is worth fighting for. That is why last week I joined my fellow conservatives in the House to stand up against the Obama Administration and the NLRB by passing the Employer Free Speech Act. This bill, of which I was a co-sponsor, will allow businesses in our state to operate free of federal mandates regarding unionization notices. It is another pro-business piece of legislation passed this year to create a more business-friendly environment in our state.

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.4223, “Compensation Cap,” A Bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 58-31-230 so as to provide that the fifteen highest paid employees of the South Carolina Public Service Authority may not receive any increase in compensation in a state fiscal year in which state employees do not receive a cost-of-living pay increase -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.4206, “Flexibility in Rebuilding American Fisheries Act” -- Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions. Committee Report: Favorable. Adopted and Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry.

H.4200, “Locally Grown Farm Food” -- Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.

H.4199, “Truth in Government Act” -- 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. Read Third Time and Sent to Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Finance.

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. House Roll Call Yeas 76, Nays 26.

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. Signed by Governor into Law.

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.