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           Statehouse Report #6
        Monday, February 21, 2011

                                     Protecting State Sovereignty

Obamacare. The Suspension of the Secret Ballot. Real ID.

These are just a few examples of what an out-of-control federal government can try to impose on its citizens.

This week, I joined my conservative colleagues in the House to pass a resolution calling for a U.S. Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution with the “Repeal Amendment.” The Repeal Amendment would allow two-thirds of the legislatures of the states to repeal an overreaching federal law like Obamacare.

Two-thirds (34) of our nation’s states will have to approve similar resolutions to call for a Constitutional Convention and three-quarters (38) of our states will have to ratify the amendment once proposed. There are 17 states currently considering the resolution.

I believe that our Founding Fathers created a system of government with great checks and balances against federal power. I also believe that our Founding Fathers would never have imagined the power grabs that our federal government has tried to push on its citizens.

This Amendment would not only create a new “check and balance” on federal power, but also reaffirm the sovereignty of the states.

I will update you on similar resolutions from our neighboring states in the coming weeks. Until then, you can rest assured that our State House will continue its efforts to protect you from job-killing federal mandates like Obamacare and overreaching, bullying tactics like the suspension of secret ballots.

I also wanted to address some misinformation being spread about the upcoming Charter School legislation by those who think doing the same thing over and over again will produce different results.


Charter schools are public schools. Charter school students are subject to the same requirements as schools run by school districts. Charter schools face the same accountability hurdles as “traditional” public schools.

Some of the bureaucracy within certain school districts across our state are protesting that charter schools will take “their” money.

It is not “their” money! It is YOUR hard-earned tax dollars assigned for the children of our state.

And the amount we are hoping to use to fund the state-chartered public schools is less than one percent of the $2 billion you pay to fund public schools each year. Moreover, it is less than one percent of the state’s education funding. It is money that will go to educate students in public charter schools. It is money going to educate students who have elected not to go to a traditional public school.

Philosophically, as a conservative, if a parent is paying taxes and has children in school, their tax dollars should follow their child – especially if that child is still attending a public school.

The other option is to do nothing and let our charter schools fail. And, to me and the majority of the constituents that I have reached out to on this issue – that is not an option.

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.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.

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.

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.

H.3498, "Construction Professional Contracts" -- Referred to 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.

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. Roll Call Yeas 100, Nays 7. Read Third Time and Sent to the Senate. Referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary.

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.

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.

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

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.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.3091, “House Schedule,” A Bill to amend Section 2-1-180, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to adjournment of the General Assembly, so as to change the date for the mandatory adjournment of the General Assembly from the first Thursday in June to the first Thursday in May, and provide that in any year that the House of Representatives fails to give third reading to the Appropriations Bill by March first, rather than March thirty-first, the date of adjournment is extended by one statewide day for each statewide day after March first, that the house fails to give the bill third reading -- Referred to Committee on Judiciary.

H.3080, “House Schedule,” A Bill to amend Section 2-1-180, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to adjournment of the General Assembly, so as to change the date for the mandatory adjournment of the General Assembly from the first Thursday in June to the thirteenth Thursday after the general assembly first convened in regular session in that year, and provide that in any year that the House of Representatives fails to give third reading to the Appropriations Bill by February fifteenth, rather than March thirty-first, the date of adjournment is extended by one statewide day for each statewide day after February fifteenth, that the house fails to give the bill third reading -- Referred to 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. Referred to Senate Subcommittee. Senate Committee Report: Majority Favorable with Amendment; Minority Unfavorable.

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.


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.