Legislative Updates

From the State House- April 7

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WRITTEN BY lclark 3 years ago

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Both the South Carolina House and Senate are on furlough this week, so it is quiet in the State House. Last week, the House was on furlough as well and the Senate only met on Tuesday and Wednesday before adjourning for Easter. However, there was some positive movement on our top priority, infrastructure funding. The House Ways and Means Committee met and gave a favorable report to a roads funding plan that mirrors most of the House Ad-Hoc Committee for Infrastructure Funding bill. The biggest change allows counties and municipalities to opt out of taking state roads from the South Carolina Department of Transportation. The bill will move to the House floor next week as legislators return to Columbia. Members of House leadership say the roads plan will be debated on the House floor beginning next week. It’s safe to say that multiple amendments to the bill will be debated in the coming weeks. The infrastructure funding bill has now moved to the Senate floor, and over the coming weeks I believe the bill will receive a special order slot, meaning the bill will be debated this year. It’s a short update for a short week in the Legislature. I’m sure to have more info in the coming weeks as debates over infrastructure funding heat up. In the meantime, the Charleston Metro Chamber’s Advancement team will continue to pursue the best funding mechanism for a comprehensive infrastructure bill. Follow me on twitter @chaslobbyist for updates from Columbia on this critical issue.
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