Legislative Hotlist: April 25, 2023
Three weeks until the end of session. Nine legislative days. So much going on. Let’s Dive in!
Money talks: Last week, the full Senate debated the budget. They passed it through in record time! There were no adjustments to the numbers we discussed last week, so check them out!
What happens next? The House will adjust the spending plan as they get an updated report on how much money the state will be earning in revenue. In this version of the House’s budget (affectionately known as H.2), you’ll see many more special projects. Then, the amended appropriations bill will go to a conference committee where a select group of senators and representatives will negotiate the differences.
The DHEC Reform Saga Continues: The Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee met last week to adopt a working document that would strike all of the language of the Senate’s DHEC Reform bill (S.399) and replace it with this text. They’re going to meet again this week to amend the working document and adopt it as the new text of the bill. Then the full committee will meet Thursday to discuss this new version.
I can’t promise that the DHEC Reform issue will be done and dusted by the end of session, but we’re getting closer.
This Week… Is busy! As session comes to a close, we expect the General Assembly to ramp up its work. We’ve got several hearings to look forward to this week:
- The Economic Development and Utility Modernization Ad Hoc Committee meets Tuesday to hear about how to best utilize federal funding from the Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure, Investment, and Jobs Act.
- A Ways and Means Subcommittee meets Tuesday to discuss the Workforce Housing Bill (S.284), which was amended in the Senate to include CVSC in a Land Development Study.
- On Wednesday, another Ways and Means subcommittee is meeting to discuss two bills CVSC is excited to support: The Alternative Fuels Tax Credit bill (H.3824) and the Trails Tax Credit Bill (H.3121)
Midlands Gives: CVSC-Education Fund is participating in Midlands Gives again this year! Join us from now until May 2nd in raising $3,500 to help protect historic Rosenwald Schools across South Carolina. Every donation up to $1,500 will be matched!
Rosenwald schools are a priceless piece of SC history, and protecting them from natural deterioration, urban sprawl, and development also means establishing vital green space in communities. To learn more and support our efforts, check out our Midlands Gives profile.
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