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Week In Review

Bills That Have Passed the Senate

S.508 – Do Not Resuscitate: A bill to allow a parent or legal guardian of a medically eligible child to request and revoke a do not resuscitate order for emergency services for the child.

H.3056 – Prestwood Lake Wildlife Refuge Board: A bill to repeal sections of the code related to Prestwood Lake Wildlife Refuge Board, Catawba-Wateree Fish and Game Commission, Cherokee Fish and Game Club, Darlington County Advisory Fish and Game Commission, Lee County Protect Fish and Game, Shelly Lake Fish Sanctuary and others.

H.3094– Open Carry with Training Act: A bill to authorize individuals lawfully permitted to carry concealable weapons in the State to carry a firearm of having a length of less than twelve inches openly on one’s person or in a manner hidden from public view. A governing body, county, municipality, or political subdivision may temporarily restrict the lawful open carrying on public property only when it issues a permit to allow public protest, rally, fair, parade, festival or other organized event. The person hosting the event must post signs at the event when open carrying is allowed or not allowed at the event. A county, municipality or political subdivision may not confiscate a firearm or ammunition for a violation unless the incident is by an otherwise lawful arrest. Additionally, the State and its political subdivisions can not be compelled by the federal government to take any legislative or executive action to implement or enforce a federal law, treaty, executive order, rule or regulation related to an individual’s right to keep and bear arms enshrined in the Second Amendment that limits carrying concealable weapons, whether carried concealed or openly. No public funds, personnel, property, agent, official or employee of the State shall be allocated for the implementation or enforcement of  the federal law, order, rule or regulation. Every clerk of court shall report the disposition of cases to SLED within five days (previously 30 days) of disposition related to criminal indictments, permanent restraining orders, orders of firearm prohibition or other Court related orders that prohibit a person from legally possessing a firearm. The bill also waives the fifty-dollar application fee to SLED for applying for a concealed weapons permit and provides SLED may not charge a fee of any kind for a concealable weapon permit. Additionally, the bill reduces the minimum required rounds that must be fired for CWP training from fifty rounds to twenty-five rounds.

Bills Given Second Reading

S.152 – County Green Space Sales Tax: A bill to create the county green space sales tax and provide for the contents of the ballot that may be used. Revenues collected may be used to defray debt service on bonds issued to pay for preservation procurements. The sales and use tax authorized may be imposed by an enacting ordinance of a county’s governing body, provided approval by the county by referendum, provide procedure for the referendum and process for distributions, and other provisions.

S.224 – Prostitution: A bill to create increase penalties for solicitation of prostitution, establishing a brothel or inducing another to participate in prostitution, and establish the affirmative defense for a victim of human trafficking, and make other conforming changes.

S.264 – Disabled Self-Employment Development Trust Fund: A bill to establish the disabled self-employment development trust fund to provide assistance to individuals with disabilities to pursue entrepreneurship and self-employment opportunities by providing business development grants for the startup, expansion or acquisition of a business operated within the state. The Trust Fund is added to the list of funds to which a taxpayer may contribute on a state individual tax return.

H.3179 – Surgically Implanted Drug Delivery Systems: A bill to exempt surgically implanted drug delivery systems from the thirty-one day supply limitation.

H.3222– Waste Tire Regulation: A bill to change certain penalty requirements related to violating waste tire regulation. The bill adds gross negligence or recklessness to the standard for violating a permit, permit condition or final determination or order related to waste tire regulations. In addition, the department shall suspend a waste tire processing facility from accepting waste tires when the department determines that the permitted capacity is exceeded, and after the facility has been provided an opportunity to return to compliance. The department shall maintain the list of facilities known as Waste Tire Rebate Facility List and include department-permitted waste tire processing facilities that fulfill the requirements of a waste tire recycling facility. The department shall remove from the list any facility whose permit has been revoked or suspended, until the permit has been reinstated by the department of host state. All state agencies and political subdivisions are encouraged to adopt policies that encourage competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, coordinate efforts to ensure support and funding, share data to track progress and adopt rules or regulation to implement. The South Carolina Employment First Oversight Commission will consist of nine members appointed by the governor; five of whom have a disability or substantial knowledge and four of whom must be from the business community. The commission shall establish evidence-based measureable goals and objects to encourage implementation. The commission may seek the guidance of all stakeholders, and establish the South Carolinians with Disabilities Self-Employment Development Trust Fund, and make other provisions.

H.3244 – Employment First Imitative: A bill to enact the “Employment First Initiative Act” to establish policies supportive of competitive and integrated employment of individuals with disabilities and to create related responsibilities for state agencies and political subdivisions by creating the South Carolina Employment First Oversight Commission.

H.3354 – Property Tax Exemptions: A bill to exempt a renewable energy resource property having a nameplate capacity of and operating at no greater than twenty kilowatts, as measured in alternating current. The definition includes all components that enhance operational characteristics such as advanced inverter or battery storage device, equipment related to meet all applicable safety, performance, interconnection and reliability standards.

H.3482 – Installment Payments of Property Tax: A bill to authorize a county to establish an alternative payment schedule relating to installment payments of property tax.

H.3605 – Property Tax Exemptions: A bill to repeal 11-11-90 which reads: The standing committees of the House of Representatives and of the Senate in charge of appropriation measures shall sit jointly in open sessions while considering the budget and shall begin such joint meetings within five days after the budget has been submitted to the General Assembly by the Governor. This joint committee may cause the attendance of heads or responsible representatives of the departments, institutions and all other agencies of the State to furnish such information and answer such questions as the joint committee shall require and to these sessions shall be admitted, with the right to be heard, all persons interested in the estimates under consideration. The Governor, or his representatives, and the Governor-elect shall have the right to sit at these public hearings and be heard on all matters coming before the joint committee.

H.3605 – Property Tax Exemptions: A bill to repeal 11-11-90 which reads: The standing committees of the House of Representatives and of the Senate in charge of appropriation measures shall sit jointly in open sessions while considering the budget and shall begin such joint meetings within five days after the budget has been submitted to the General Assembly by the Governor. This joint committee may cause the attendance of heads or responsible representatives of the departments, institutions and all other agencies of the State to furnish such information and answer such questions as the joint committee shall require and to these sessions shall be admitted, with the right to be heard, all persons interested in the estimates under consideration. The Governor, or his representatives, and the Governor-elect shall have the right to sit at these public hearings and be heard on all matters coming before the joint committee.

H.3694 – Bait Hunting: A bill to allow for the use of bait when hunting bear in Game Zone 4 provided it is ‘unprocessed bait,’ meaning any natural food item harvested from a plant crop that is not modified from its raw components such as grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables.

H.3786 – Constitutional Officers Salaries: A bill related to the annual salaries of state constitutional officers so that beginning with FY 2022-2023, with the exception of Governor and Lieutenant Governor, salaries of constitutional officers must be based on recommendations by the Agency Head Salary Commission to the General Assembly. The Agency Head Salary Commission shall authorize a study to be conducted every four years to recommend salary ranges for each officer based on their duties and responsibilities as well as the pay for officers of other states.

H.3899 – Exceptional Needs Child Tax Credit: A bill relating to the Exceptional Needs Child Tax Credit, to provide how the funds must be administered, and increase the amount the public charity may expend for administration costs to 8 percent. The fund may carry forward up to five million dollars of donations into the next year to provide credits in the next year. The carryforward odes not in any way increase the cumulative credit set forth for any one year. 

H.3957 – Catch and Size Limits: A bill to decrease the catch limit from ten to give and increase the size limit from fifteen to sixteen inches, or more than twenty inches not to exceed two per boat, for flounder, and increase the fees for permits and licenses.

H.4098 – Asian Longhorned Beetle Quarantine: A joint resolution to enact the regulations by Clemson University State Crop Pest Commission, related to Asian Longhorned Beetle Quarantine, which is necessary to aid eradication efforts and prevent additional pest spread.

This Week In Committee

Finance Committee: 

H.4017 – Conformity: A bill to update the reference of State Income Tax Laws to reference the Internal Revenue Code of the Year 2020 and provide for the tax treatment of the Paycheck Protection Program and certain expenses as provided for in the Federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

Judiciary Committee: 

S.230 – Minors Engaged In Trafficking: A bill to provide that minors engaged in commercial sexual activity or trafficking are presumed to be doing so under coercion as the result of a reasonable fear or threat and to provide an affirmative defense of the victims and to include expungement for the victims.

S.591 – Age of Marriage: A bill to increase the minimum age a person may enter into marriage from sixteen to eighteen years of age, and make other conforming changes.

H.3575 – Curbside Delivery of Beer or Wine: A bill to allow a qualifying retailer to offer curbside delivery or pickup service of beer or wine. The bill provides requirements such as designated pickup area, requirement of proof of ID, prohibition of providing to intoxicated persons and sealed containers. The curbside delivery and pickup of alcoholic liquors is prohibited.

H.3620 – Hate Crimes: A bill provide for a penalty enhancement for a person who commits a violent crime or assault by mob if the person commits the offense against a victim if selected in whole or in part because of the person’s belief or perception regarding the victim’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability, whether or not the perception is correct. The court shall with competent jurisdiction over the underlying offense shall instruct the trier of fact to find a special verdict as to a violation. The additional penalties may not be imposed unless the person was indicted separately for the underlying offense and the person was found guilty of the underlying offense.

H.3696 – Judicial Circuits: A bill to increase the number of circuit court judges by one in the ninth, fourteenth and fifteenth circuits and to add family court judges elected from each judicial circuit by one in the first and sixteenth circuits.

H.4006– Off-Premises Sales: A bill to extend the increase limit for certain off-premises sales from May 31, 2021 to May 31, 2022.

Fish, Game and Forestry Committee:

H.3865 – Abandoned Watercraft: A bill to permit a local government to adopt an ordinance requiring a permit for a watercraft or floating structure that remains moored, anchored or otherwise located in any five-mile radius on public waters for more than fourteen days. The cost of a permit requirement the local government may not exceed fifteen days, and make other provisions.


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.