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Beginning today, each Wednesday I will share with you what’s happening from the State House.
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From the State House- Feb. 25
As the Chamber’s lobbyist, I spend my weeks in the capital, advocating for the issues that are most important to you, our members. I will provide you with an update on the Chamber’s key legislative priorities, as well as my perspective on what is happening during the week in the legislature.This week, I am actually in Washington, D.C. visiting with South Carolina’s congressional delegation and lobbying for re-authorization of the Ex-Im Bank. Look for a complete update in next week’s report. Last week at the State House, the House began working on the state budget. As a result, virtually everything else came to a halt until it is passed from the House to the Senate. Two bills dealing with transportation funding were filed last week, but no debate on the floor will take place until after the budget is passed. The good news is that the Ways and Means Committee did pass a higher education bond bill that includes $35 million for Trident Tech’s Aeronautical Training Campus, but it has only been passed by the Committee so far. It still needs to be passed by the House, Senate and ultimately not vetoed by the Governor. However, this was a major step in securing the funding needed to move forward with the facility. Representatives Jim Merrill and Leon Stavrinakis deserve a big thanks for their hard work on getting this funding included. Last Wednesday, The Chamber’s 41st Leadership Charleston Class made the trek to Columbia for their annual State House Day where they received updates on: • The progress of infrastructure funding • What both the House and Senate have been debating this session • The South Carolina Department of Commerce The class also attended the Senate Transportation Committee meeting, had lunch with our delegation and received a warm recognition from the South Carolina House of Representatives. George Ramsey Business Lobbyist