From the Dome to Your Home: April 3, 2015
The House of Representatives was on furlough this week and did not meet in committee or in session. The Senate was in session on Tuesday and Wednesday but did not meet in session or committee on Thursday. The House and Senate are on furlough until Tuesday, April 14.
Weekly bill introductions
Committee action this week
Senate Transportation subcommittee
S79 - Defines mopeds as motor vehicles - no action taken on this bill
Summary of the bill as introduced: Defines mopeds at motor vehicles and not motorcycles.
H3142 - Creates certain requirements for mopeds - carried over. Later in the week, the full Senate Transportation Committee placed this bill on its agenda and gave it a favorable report.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Regulates mopeds on public roads and requires flashing lights and reflective vests to be worn by moped operators and passengers.
H3165 - Defines mopeds as motor vehicles - favorable report. Later in the week, the full Senate Transportation Committee gave this bill a favorable report.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Defines mopeds as motor vehicles and not as motorcycles.
Senate Corrections and Penology subcommittee
S338 - Requires residential housing programs for paroled prison inmates to provide notice in the newspaper - favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires any public, private or nonprofit entity that is engaged in helping to rehabilitate and reintroduce paroled inmates into the community through residential housing to provide notice in a newspaper of general circulation of the address of the residential housing facility.
Senate Judiciary Committee
S133 - Requires automatic expungement of non-violent crimes that occurred before the age of 16 - favorable report with an amendment. The amendment makes expungement under this bill by petition rather than automatic.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires automatic expungement of non-violent crimes that occurred before the age of 16 years old.
Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Environmental subcommittee
S139 - Prohibits local governments from moving the baseline seaward after a beach renourishment project - favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prohibits seaward movement of the baseline after July 1, 2015, and eliminates the right of local governments and landowners to petition the Administrative Law Court to move the baseline seaward upon completion of a beach renourishment project.
Senate Transportation Committee
S561 - Reforms the SC Department of Transportation - carried over
Summary of the bill as introduced: Changes the governing structure of the SC Department of Transportation.
S409 - South Carolina Transportation Companies Act - favorable report with an amendment. As soon as the amendment is available from Senate staff, it will be posted in the tracking system.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Outlines the regulations for transportation network companies such as Uber under the Office of Regulatory Staff and exempts these companies from regulation by the Public Service Commission. This bill also exempts transportation network companies from municipal regulation.
S211 - Allows political subdivisions to create separate golf cart paths on streets and roads - favorable report
Summary of the bill as introduced: Allows political subdivisions to create separate golf cart paths on streets and roads within the jurisdiction of the political subdivision.
Senate Finance Sales and Income Taxation subcommittee
S532 - Clarifies the law regarding expenditures for rehabilitating historic structures - favorable report as amended. The amendment adds a $1 million cap to the tax credits for each building and changes the length of the credit to three years.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Clarifies the taxes and license fees against which the tax credit for rehabilitating certified historic structures may be taken. The bill also adds the definition of state-owned abandoned buildings and certain tax credits for rehabilitating state-owned buildings.
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