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​From the Dome to Your Home

 The S.C. General Assembly met in regular session this week, continuing work in subcommittee and committee meetings. The House of Representatives meets at 1 p.m. on Monday to begin debating the House Ways and Means Committee's version of the state budget.

Bills dealing with utility relocation costs and the safety of sanitation workers remain on the House contested calendar for debate.

Plastic bag ban bill on subcommittee agenda
The Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Regulatory and Local Government subcommittee met on Wednesday to debate H3529, the bill that bans local governments from passing ordinances that regulate plastic bags. The subcommittee heard lengthy testimony from proponents and opponents, but did not take action on the bill. Members plan to keep the bill on the subcommittee agenda for next week's meeting on Thursday.  

As passed by the House, this bill will ban municipalities from adopting ordinances regulating local use of plastic bags. Cities that adopted ordinances before January 31, 2018, or are located within a county that adopted an ordinance before January 31, 2018 will be allowed to continue enforcing them. Future ordinances on the subject, even those amending pre-existing ordinances, would possibly be banned. Members of the subcommittee include Senators Shane Massey (chairman), Nikki Setzler, Kent Williams, Tom Davis, Ronnie Sabb, Tom Corbin and Mike Gambrell. If your legislator is a member of this subcommittee, please contact them and ask them to vote no on H3529. For questions on the bill, contact Tiger Wells (twells@masc.sc) at 803.933.1270.

Stay in touch
The Municipal Association legislative team is on Twitter this session bringing you updates from the State House lobby and committee and subcommittee meetings. Follow Melissa Carter (@MelissaMuniSC), Scott Slatton (@ScottMuniSC) and Tiger Wells (@TigerMuniSC) on Twitter for updates. Also follow the Association at @MuniAssnSC. Read the week's featured tweet from the State House.

Weekly bill introductions
Use the Association's legislative tracking system to access bills that were introduced this week and bills that received action from a subcommittee or committee. The system also allows readers to comment on all bills related to local government pending in the House and Senate.

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Weekly legislative action