Thursday, March 7, 2013
This has been a busy week with legislation moving through the process on both the House floor and in committee.
In my Transportation Subcommittee, we discussed three South Carolina Department of Transportation Regulations and one bill. The regulations dealt with signage. One regulation required posting of signs notifying the public of a permanent road closure. Another dealt with signs along the interstate.
The third dealt with agri-tourism signs on secondary highways. None of the regulations have a fiscal impact to the state.
The bill that we successfully passed out of subcommittee is called the Fair Access Bill (H-3231). In some public garages, motorcycles are prohibited from parking. It would allow motorcycles access to parking in any garage that was constructed using taxpayer funds.
On the House floor, we had a lively debate on H-3298 Election Commission and Board Registration, also known as "Election Reform" Bill. Arguments were made that the only problem with the last election and the reason that 250 candidates were removed from the ballot was because of the confusion with how to file the Statement of Economic Interest (SEI). Some Representatives agreed but argued that this Bill must go further and streamline the process since the current process is different in some counties and candidates find it difficult to file because of vague rules.
The Bill that passed would first require all candidates, both incumbent and new candidates, to file the SEI electronically by April 15.
In the wake of the SC Department of Revenue security breach, the Department of Consumer Affairs has implemented various public outreach programs to make consumers aware of the tools available to minimize the effects of the breach.
Only about 34,000 South Carolinians have taken advantage of these precautions.
As always, thank you for the privilege of serving you in Columbia. If I can ever be of assistance to you, or if you have ideas on issues you want me to share with the rest of the General Assembly, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 553-9288 or at the State House (803) 734-2951 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.