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Constituent Update #2 (2016)

Greetings! I hope you and your family are well and looking forward to a beautiful Spring. I’d like to share with you a few items from Columbia.

Roads
As you are no doubt aware, we have been working on a comprehensive road repair bill for the last two sessions. Unfortunately this issue has become a political football for several special interest groups. The affect of that has been a very slow progress through the legislative process.

Last week, it appears that we have broken through much of the impasse and I am hopeful that this week we will send a bill to the House of Representatives for their review that will begin to fix our crumbling roads. Once that occurs I will likely send out special update specific to the roads bill.

Syrian Refugee Resettlement
With South Carolina facing the settlement of Syrian refugees, I recently traveled to Jordan for a conference. While there, I attempted to gain a better understanding of the refugee situation and safety concerns associated with the mass exodus of innocent civilians from war torn Syria. I was able to speak with Jordanian, Lebanese, Israeli, and Palestinian leaders, all of which have long histories of dealing with war, terror, and the human toll of each. To a person, they understand our society’s concern for safety and encouraged us to be compassionate yet vigilant.

While our great country was founded on Liberty and open arms, and continues to be a haven for the “huddled masses, yearning to breath free“, we must do everything we can to ensure a free and safe society.

Syrian Refugees In South Carolina To Be Tracked If Bill Going To State Senate Gets Approved – International Business Times 1/27/2016

Ethics Reform
After multiple failed attempts to pass ethics reform legislation over the past several years, the Senate has once again placed an ethics reform bill on Special Order. This designation is a parliamentary move to avoid the bill being blocked and ensure debate. This bill attempts to, once again, create an independent review commission to receive or initiate complaints against members of the General Assembly, its staff, candidates, and judicial officials.

A Few Other Issues
Here are a few other bills that have recently been passed by the Senate and sent to the House for their approval.

SC Telemedicine Act (S1035) facilitates the use of telemedicine and allows for the prescribing of medication under the system. Right to Try Act (S929) Provides eligible patients’ rights to try investigational drugs, products, or devices to combat terminal illness. Property Tax Assessment Ratios (S932) extends the application deadline for military members to apply for residential property tax rates. Landfill Materials (H4857) Requires coal ash to be placed in class 3 landfills.
Please reach out to me if you have further questions about these or any other issues.  I am happy to take a deeper dive with you.

And as always, thank you for your support. It is a great honor for me to serve the people of Dorchester, Berkeley, and Charleston Counties. I thank you for this opportunity.

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