Legislative Update - January 17, 2020
Happy New Year! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your State Representative.
The 2020 Session of the 123rd South Carolina General Assembly began on Tuesday, January 14.
I'll be emailing the events of the week, giving my thoughts, and keeping you informed on matters that are important to you. I look forward to hearing from you and getting some things done this year.
Our Conservative Agenda I am excited to get back to work on the conservative agenda the SC House began last year. Republicans are united in our desire to provide South Carolinians government that improves the quality of life for every resident.
In order for South Carolina to continue to prosper, I believe the most important issues for the legislature are:
The need for continued education reform.
Passing a fiscally responsible budget that provides taxpayer relief with the estimated $1.8 billion surplus.
Protecting our state's wildlife and natural resources.
Deciding what to do with debt-ridden state-owned utility Santee Cooper.
Daylight Savings Time The House of Representatives approved S.11 and enrolled the bill for ratification. The legislation provides that, if the United States Congress amends federal law to authorize states to observe DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME year round, it is the intent of the South Carolina General Assembly that daylight saving time be the year round standard of the entire state and all of its political subdivisions.
Addressing Human Trafficking and Prostitution The House passed a Senate bill Thursday that strengthens human trafficking and prostitution-related offenses in our state. The House added an amendment to directly address human trafficking laws by giving the Attorney General more tools to combat it, among other things. Last year, South Carolina was considered the most improved state in the country in addressing human trafficking laws.