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Week In Review

Bills That Have Passed The Senate

S.635 – SC Research Authority Board of Trustees: A bill to make changes to the Board of Trustees of the South Carolina Research Authority so permit presidents’ designees of Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina at Columbia. A designee of the university presidents must be an individual serving in no less than a vice president or comparable role and report directly to the president. Each university president may designate only one person for each calendar year, except in cases of incapacity or other related incidents. Additionally, the bill extends the of a company to remain in an innovation center from up to four years to five years or until exceeding five million dollars in annual commercial revenue (previously one million), but may not apply with respect to thirty-five percent of the square feet in an innovation center.

H.3548 – Nongame Fishing Devices: A bill to delete the prohibition of possession of a game fish device while possessing or using a nongame fish device.

H.3664 – Criminal Background Checks by Real Estate Commission: A bill to require the Real Estate Commission to conduct certain fingerprint-based criminal records check for applicant’s for licensure as a salesman, broker, broker-in-charge, property manager and property manager-in-charge to include social security number-based criminal records check from a source approved by the commission.

This Week In Committee

Transportation Committee: 

H.3805 – Special Military License Plates: A bill to authorize the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue various military special license plates to include Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, South Carolina Medal of Valor, Silver Star, Bronze Star (with valor) and the Soldier’s Medal, Gold Star Family, Prisoner of War, Purple Heart and others. The bill also repeals other Articles of the Code related to the plates.

Education Committee: 

H.3017 – Palmetto Fellows Scholarships: A bill related to Palmetto Fellows Scholarship to include two-year institutions and technical institutions to those students who may be eligible for scholarships.

Finance Committee: 

H.4064 – Property Tax Exemptions: A bill to clarify that manufacturing property owned or leased by a public utility regulated by the PSC does not qualify for a particular percent exemption. To the extent any monies are refunded or credited t a public utility, must be flowed through to customers as a reduction in rates as appropriate.

The information provided in this review is not intended to represent Senator Bennett's approval or disapproval but rather a listing of the activity and outcomes within the South Carolina Senate. You may find Senator Bennett's voting record here.