State Capitol Report
• The House of Representatives approved and sent the Senate H.4576, a joint resolution authorizing school districts to forgive up to five days missed this school year due to inclement weather. Under the legislation, the governing body of a school district may waive the requirement that schools make up full days missed due to inclement weather for five or fewer full school days that students who attend schools or charter schools in the district missed due to inclement weather during the 2013 2014 school year.
• The House amended Senate amendments to H.3847 and returned the bill to the Senate. The legislation makes revisions to the South Carolina Manufacturer Responsibility and Consumer Convenience Information Technology Equipment Collection and Recovery Act, that was established in order to keep certain discarded electronics out of the state’s waste landfills where toxic components found in these electronic devices could make their way into the groundwater or pose other environmental harms.
• The House approved H.3644, legislation establishing provisions for clean energy industry market development, and sent the bill to the Senate. The legislation establishes within the Division of State Development of the Department of Commerce a 14-member Clean Energy Industry Market Development Advisory Council to assist in the development of clean energy technology, materials, and products manufactured in this state.
• The House amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.4384, a bill establishing new moped safety requirements. This legislation requires moped operators and passengers to wear reflective vests. The legislation prohibits the operation of a moped on public roads that have a speed limit of greater than 45 miles per hour. A moped is, however, allowed to cross an intersection at a public road with a speed limit in excess of 45 miles per hour.
• The House amended and gave second reading approval to H.3833, a bill providing authority for conducting wine tastings and beer tastings in large retail settings. This legislation allows the holders of a retail wine permit for off-premises consumption whose retail space is at least 10,000 square feet and whose primary product is not beer, wine, or distilled spirits to obtain an annual wine tastings permit for each separate place of business in order to conduct, in accordance with Department of Revenue rulings or regulations, up to 12 wine tastings at the retail location in a calendar quarter, and it provides restrictions.
• The House approved and sent the Senate H.4603, a joint resolution to provide that the Department of Health and Environmental Control, by emergency order or approval of an order, may authorize sand scraping and sandbagging as protection for golf courses through 2015.
If you have a comment or opinion concerning the issues discussed in this report, or if I may be of assistance to you at anytime, please feel free to call your legislative office in Columbia (803-212-6879) or write PO Box 11867, Columbia, SC 29211. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in the House of Representatives.