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           Statehouse Report #4
        Monday, February 7, 2011

                           Advancing Transparency and Accountability

I am so honored to write that last week, I introduced my first two primary-sponsored bills in the State House.

H.3517, the “Cop Shooting Bill,” creates a mandatory minimum penalty for the offense of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Namely, if one is convicted of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer, he will spend a minimum of fifteen years in prison. This minimum mandatory sentence may not be suspended nor will probation be granted. I thank my fellow co-sponsors, my former employer 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, and my dear friend (a victim of such a crime) who helped in the introduction of this bill. For the safety of our law enforcement officers, I hope this bill moves through Committee and the full House quickly.

H.3585, the “Krewe of Charleston Resolution,” recognizes the Krewe of Charleston for bringing the great tradition and culture of Mardi Gras to South Carolina, and to honor its members for their support of the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital. The Krewe’s annual ball will be held at the Marriott Chrystal Ballroom on Saturday, February 12th with proceeds helping the MUSC Children’s Hospital. During the formal presentation of the Royal Court, the Krewe will also present another court comprised of children recovering at MUSC. Needless to say, the Krewe of Charleston is a great organization, and I am so proud that my fellow House members passed this resolution unanimously.

H.3185, the “Higher Education Transparency Act of 2011,” of which I am a co-sponsor passed in the House by a vote of 110-0. Providing a more transparent government, this bill requires all state public colleges and universities post a monthly registry of all expenditures and dollar amounts on their websites for public examination. Not only will the bill improve transparency and accountability, but it also will make these institutions think harder about the way they spend your hard-earned tax dollars.

Our state’s charter schools received a big boost last week, when the House Education and Public Works Committee approved legislation to strengthen them. The bill, which does not remove a single penny of money from public education, provides funding parity for public charter schools sponsored by the state public charter school district since its creation. Charter schools are public schools and are held to the same accountability standards as their traditional counterparts. Unlike traditional public schools, public charter schools must meet specific performance goals or they can be closed due to poor performance. It is this measure of accountability that drives public charter schools to develop new and innovative teaching practices to meet the needs of their students.

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

H.3585, “Krewe of Charleston,” A House Resolution to recognize the Krewe of Charleston for bringing the great tradition and culture of Mardi Gras to South Carolina, and to honor its members for their support of the Medical University of South Carolina Children's Hospital -- Introduced and Adopted.

H.3517, “Cop Shooting Bill,” A Bill to amend Section 16-3-29, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to attempted murder, so as to create the offense of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and provide a mandatory minimum penalty -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3508, “Unserved Areas” -- Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

H.3507, “Repeal Federal Law by 2/3 Vote” -- Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions. House Committee Report: Favorable.

H. 3498, “Construction Professional Contracts,” A Bill to amend the code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 70 to Chapter 61, Title 38, to declare that the Courts of South Carolina shall consider certain public policy limitations and interpretations in language in past, present, and future contracts issued to construction professionals -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3449, “Construction Liability Insurance,” A Bill to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 38-61-70 so as to provide that a liability insurance policy issued by an insurer and covering a construction professional in this state must be broadly construed in favor of coverage, and to provide that work of a construction professional resulting in property damage in certain circumstances constitutes an occurrence as commonly defined in liability insurance and is not the intended or expected consequence of the work of the construction professional -- 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.

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.

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.

H. 3374, “Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact” -- Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.

H. 3372, “Electronic Collar” -- Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs.

H.3368, “Limit the General Fund” -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

H.3346, “Solar Energy Equipment Tax Credit” -- Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

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

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.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.

H.3163, “Moped” -- Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.

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.

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.

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.

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.