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SOUTH CAROLINA SENATE UPDATE


The crazy weather we have experienced recently has =
affected the SC General Assembly as it has with your business and =
family.  We’ve had two full weeks of our session canceled but we =
are making progress on some important issues.  I’d like to update =
you on a few of those items here.

Chief Justice Selection
One of the most time consuming duties for members =
of the General assembly is the election of judges to the SC =
judiciary.  Last week was also one of the most difficult, as the =
General Assembly re-elected the Honorable Jean Toal as Chief Justice of =
the SC Supreme Court.

The process was made more difficult as the =
race became very politicized.  Not so much by the candidates, but =
by their supporters.  As with most issues these days, this election =
was skewed by rhetoric and sound bites attempting to paint both judges =
in as poor a light as possible.  Unfortunately, some in our own =
community participated in the campaign of misinformation.

I took =
this process very seriously.  I had personal conversations with =
both candidates and reviewed scores of supreme court decisions rendered =
over the years.  Through that process, I found Chief Justice Toal =
to be tougher on crime (to include sex crimes involving child victims), =
pro small business, unwilling to expand the "intent" of =
legislation, and supportive of personal protection and stand your ground =
laws.  To be clear, there were also decisions with which I =
disagree. But on the whole, believe her to be the best choice at the =
time.  I also believe that it is important for her to complete the =
initiative she began to digitize the court system in SC and improve the =
swiftness of justice.

Ethics Reform
As I mentioned in a previous update, a bill is =
being debated in the Senate that would, among other things, mandate =
income disclosures for elected officials, and create an independent =
ethics review committee.  Regretfully, that bill is in danger of =
failing to gain necessary levels of support.  I will continue to =
work with my colleagues to hopefully come to an =
agreement.

Increasing Costs of College =
Education

The seemingly never ending increases in the cost =
to attend college in the US is a significant problem.  Students =
today are graduating with record levels of debt and often times =
questionable marketability. Much of the problem is rooted in the =
operational costs and insatiable capital expenditures by our public =
institutions. We must make quality, affordable higher education =
available to our youth.  For this reason I have co-sponsored a =
resolution (S.266) calling =
for the distribution of annual state appropriations to public colleges =
and universities based upon an accountability-based model.  =
Basically, colleges and universities that prove their value – graduation =
rates, affordability & access, quality, economic impact – will =
benefit from committed public funding.

Concealed Weapon Permit Reform
Today I joined Governor Nikki Haley, at her =
request, to dispel some of the misinformation =
being spread about a concealed weapon permit (CWP) reform bill that was =
recently signed into law.  I am proud that SC has taken measured, =
responsible approaches to protect individual rights and public =
safety.  You can view that press conference below or visit my =
You-Tube page at the right.

 


And Now…A Personal Appeal
I have agreed to publicly embarrass myself by =
participating in "Dancing With The ARK =
Stars
" on March 8th.  This annual event raises =
funds for The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services.  It is a =
wonderful event and a very worthy cause.  Please consider a small =
(or large) donation and Vote for Me!  If everyone on this =
email list were to pledge just $10 we could quickly raise over =
$16,000.

To help me, your rhythm-less public servant, you can: =

Vote Online – Click =
Here
Mail, or drop off, a check payable to "The ARK" to =
121 S. Cedar St., Summerville, 29483
Attend the event on March 8th at Pinewood Preparatory School – Tickets & =
Details

For more information on The ARK and their work to =
assist families living with Alzheimer’s – Click =
Here

Thank you in advance for your help with this =
worthy cause!  By the way…I’m performing the =
waltz!

 


And as always, thank you for your =
support.  It is my pleasure to serve as your =
Senator!

 

Senator Sean =
M. Bennett
L. Marion Gressette Building, Suite 601
Post Office Box =
142
Columbia, South Carolina =
29202
803.212.6116

 

 

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Summerville, South Carolina 29483
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Sean’s Calendar

SC Senate In =
Session

Tuesday – Thursday
February 18 – 20
SC =
State House

Banking & Insurance =
Sub-Committee

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Gressette Building =
Columbia

Senate Judiciary Committee
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Gressette Building =
Columbia

First Congressional =
Delegation

Wednesday, Feb. 19
Gressette Building =
Columbia

Transportation Committee
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Gressette Building =
Columbia

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