From the Dome to Your Home: July 10, 2015
The House of
Representatives and Senate were in special session beginning on Monday to handle
Governor Haley’s budget vetoes and S897 that moves the Confederate flag from
the State House grounds. Senators finished both the vetoes and adopted the bill
and adjourned for the year on Tuesday. The House finished vetoes and worked into
the night on Wednesday and early Thursday morning on the Confederate flag bill.
Both the House and Senate adopted S897 without any amendments.
The House and Senate met
this week to handle Governor Haley’s budget vetoes. Governor Haley issued 83
vetoes in the budget bill, along with one veto in the supplemental
appropriations bill and three vetoes in the Capital Reserve Fund bill.
There were no vetoes in the budget that affected the Local
Government Fund. For more information on the budget and provisos, contact Melissa Carter
House of Representatives and the Senate adopted S897, the bill that moves the Confederate
flag from the State House grounds and places it in the Confederate Relic Room
and Military Museum. Neither body adopted any amendments to the bill. Governor
Haley signed the bill on Thursday afternoon and the flag was removed today at 10
a.m. The Municipal Association board of directors and the Association of SC
Mayors board of directors both endorsed removing the Confederate flag from the State House
grounds. For more information on this issue, contact Reba
Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org) at
News from Capitol Hill
The Remote Transactions
Parity Act is gaining traction in Congress. This bill will close the online
sales tax loophole, and allow state and local governments to receive the tax
revenue it is owed from remote online sales. This bill, which already has
support from a bipartisan group of representatives and many businesses and
business groups, would level the playing field between online and
brick-and-mortar stores by closing the online sales tax loophole. Members of the
South Carolina delegation need to hear from local officials who are requesting
them to cosponsor the bill. Click here to get information from the National
League of Cities about contacting delegation members. For more information,
contact Reba Campbell (email@example.com) at
No bills were introduced
this week that have an effect on cities and towns. Visit the
legislative tracking system to see and
comment on all bills pending in the House and Senate.
Committee action this
No committee meetings were held this week.
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what’s happening every day at the State House. Follow us @MuniAssnSC.
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