South Carolina Legislative Updates

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

April 23 – April 27, 2018

The South Carolina legislature only has six legislative days left in the 2018 legislative session. This will be the last week of committee meetings, but the schedule is jam-packed.

Meetings this week:

Senate Judiciary Committee at 11:00 on May 1, 2018.

H. 3337 is the last bill on the agenda. The bill was referred to a subcommittee last week after the Register of Deeds in Horry County contacted his Senator with comments on the bill. This bill would revise the filing and recording fees which may be charged, including a flat fee of twenty-five dollars for certain documents filed or recorded with the offices of the register of deeds or clerk of court. The bill would provide for a flat fee of ten dollars for certain other documents filed or recorded with these offices.

The lobbyist for the Timeshare Association has proposed an amendment which will be introduced at the full Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. The amendment would provide for timeshare transactions to have their own special flat fee provision that will affect only their documents (including deeds and mortgages).   It is my understanding that timeshare properties affect primarily three counties: Charleston, Horry, and Beaufort.  

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3337.htm

Bills which are still moving and may be passed by the end of session:

S. 337 is a bill, by Senator Davis, and has been amended after a year-long debate and compromise between the Bankers Association and the Credit Union Association. The bill provides that a credit union may have a State charter or a federal charter and also provides for similarities between both. The bill sets forth that a credit union may provide certain services to certain members for a fee. The bill also provides the procedure to admit new community groups to a credit union in regards to membership. Regarding board meetings, the bill requires the board to meet at least once during each calendar year and allow certain members to participate remotely in certain meetings. Lastly, the bill amends section 34-26-1020, relating to permissible investments of credit union funds, to allow for an investment in certain charitable donation accounts.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/337.htm

S. 877 is a bill by Senator Alexander. This bill would tweak the bill which passed last session regarding the Appraisal Management Company Registration Act. The bill would provide, as part of the registration requirements, that a financial statement must be filed or that a surety bond in an amount not to exceed $50,000 must be posted. Currently, only a detailed financial statement must be filed.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/877.htm

A list of all meetings in the legislature this week:

Tuesday, May 1

9:30     Legislative Group (Rep. Garry Smith)

            318 Blatt

10:00   Review and Oversight Commission on the S.C. Ports Authority

            207 Gressette

            Statewide Initial Appointments

10:00   SC Legislative Black Caucus

            427 Gressette

10:30   House Legislative Oversight Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Subcommittee

            511 Blatt (Live Broadcast)

            Commission on Indigent Defense

11:00   Minority Caucus

            305 Blatt

11:00   Senate Judiciary Committee

            308 Gressette (Live Broadcast)

H. 4379 (McCoy) To Create the Utilities Consumer Advocate in The Office of The Attorney General

H. 4375 (McCoy) Base Load Review Act

H. 4304 (Duckworth) “Offshore Wind Resource Development Activities”

S. 890 (Davis) Procurement of Lowest-Cost Energy from Independent Power Producers

H. 3337 (Ballentine) Schedule of Certain Filing and Recording Fees

11:30   Legislative Group (Rep. Steven Long)

            317 Blatt

12:00   HOUSE CONVENES

2:00     SENATE CONVENES

1 hr.    House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee

upon   410 Blatt

adj.     S. 1044 (Shealy) Protection of Freshwater Game Fish

S. 1111 (Campsen) Federal Fishing Regulations

S. 913 (Campsen) Youth Hunting Days

S. 933 (Campsen) Catch Limits for Estuarine and Saltwater Finfish

S. 758 (Reese) Watercraft Restrictions Along Lake H. Taylor Blalock

S. 841 (Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee) Cruelty to Animals

 

2:00     House Judiciary Criminal Laws Subcommittee

(or 1 hour upon adjournment, whichever is later)

            511 Blatt

            S. 959 (Corbin) Graffiti Vandalism

2:30     House Judiciary Committee

(or 1 ½ hours upon adjournment, whichever is later)

            516 Blatt

            S. 862 (Young) Subpoenas

            S. 1033 (Shealy) Torture of A Child

S. 820 (Fanning) Temporary Alcohol Permits on A Referendum Vote

S. 115 (Rankin) S.C. Mandatory Alcohol Server Training Act

            S. 959 (Corbin) Graffiti Vandalism

S. 176 (Sheheen) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Within A Certain Distance of a Department of Corrections Facility

S. 109 (Mcelveen) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Within A Certain Distance of a State or Federal Military Installation

S. 131 (Mcleod) Disturbing Schools

S. 928 (Scott) Special Purpose District

H. 4382 (Clemmons) Daylight Savings Time

Wednesday, May 2

9:00     Senate Judiciary Subcommittee

            308 Gressette (Live Broadcast)

            S. 723 (Timmons) Term Limits

10:00   Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee

            308 Gressette

STATEWIDE APPOINTMENTS:

Department of Natural Resources Board - Dr. Mark Hartley

Department of Natural Resources Board - Mr. J. Carlisle Oxner, III

Patriots Point Development Authority

10:30   Senate Transportation Committee

            207 Gressette

            Consideration of Appointments to SC Ports Authority Board

Oversight Report, SC Aeronautics Commission

H. 4466 (Clemmons) To Provide That A County May Adopt an Ordinance That Regulates the Operation of Certain Unlicensed Vehicles

H. 4795 (Herbkersman) Regulation of Manufacturers, Distributors, And Dealers

H. 4245 (Felder) A Department Facility in Honor of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Kyle J. White

H. 4676 (Collins) Issuance of A Beginner’s Permit

TBD (License Plates)

Thursday, May 3

8:30     Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee

            308 Gressette

H. 3775 (Knight) Original Birth Certificates of Adopted Persons

H. 4698 (G.M. Smith) Examination Requirements to Obtain A License to Practice Medicine in The State

H. 4799 (Howard) “Physical Therapy Licensure Compact”

H. 5159 (Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee) Relating to Standards for Licensing Hospices

9:00     Conference Committee on H.4612

(Conferees: Senators Johnson, Gambrell and Representative Sandifer, Henderson and Anderson)

307 Gressette

            H. 4612 (Sandifer) Surety Bonds for General Contractors and Mechanical Contractors

9:00     House Legislative Oversight Healthcare and Regulatory Subcommittee

            321 Blatt (Live Broadcast)

            Department of Disabilities and Special Needs

9:00     Senate General Committee - Special DSS Resource Allocation

207 Gressette

9:00     Sixth Congressional District Legislative Delegation

            209 Gressette

10:00   Senate Medical Affairs Committee

            308 Gressette (Live Broadcast)

            STATEWIDE APPOINTMENTS

Mr. Terry A. Blackmon - Board of Pharmacy

Dr. Jason P. Wigand - State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

H. 3775 (Knight) Original Birth Certificates of Adopted Persons

H. 4698 (G.M. Smith) Examination Requirements to Obtain A License to Practice Medicine in The State

H. 4799 (Howard) “Physical Therapy Licensure Compact”

H. 5159 (Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee) Relating to Standards for Licensing Hospices

1:00     House Legislative Oversight Committee

            (or 30 minutes after adjournment, whichever is later)

110 Blatt (Live Broadcast)

Study of the Department of Natural Resources

Study of the Adjutant General’s Office

Study of Patriots Point

Development Authority

Any other studies of agencies, if notice is received on or before May 3, 2018

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

April 16 – April 20, 2018

The countdown is on. There are only nine legislative days left in the 2018 legislative session. There will be many subcommittee and full committee meetings over the next two weeks to try to get as many bills to the Senate and House floor for debate, as possible.

Meetings this week:

(1) Senate Judiciary Committee at 12:00 on April 24, 2018.

H. 3337 is first on the agenda. The bill was not referred to a subcommittee. This is a bill by Representative Ballentine. This bill would revise the filing and recording fees which may be charged, including a flat fee of thirty-five dollars for certain documents filed or recorded with the offices of the register of deeds or clerk of court. The bill would provide for a flat fee of ten dollars for certain other documents filed or recorded with these offices.

The bill is the companion bill to S. 864 by Senator Hutto which was introduced at the beginning of this session.

The House Special Laws Subcommittee adopted and amended the bill decreasing the $35 fee to $25. The bill went to the Senate with the amendment of $25. A technical amendment, adding to the list of documents, will be presented at the full Senate Judiciary Committee.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3337.htm

(2) House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Banking and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee meets 2 hours after the House adjourns on April 24, 2018, and the full Committee meets on April 26, 2018 at 9:00:

S. 337 is on both agendas. The bill, by Senator Davis, was adopted by the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on February 28th with a strike and insert amendment. The Senate bill was given 2nd reading on March 8th. The amendment to S. 337 was a result of a year-long debate and compromise between the Bankers Association and the Credit Union Association. The bill relates to the powers of credit unions and set forth that a credit union may provide certain services to certain members for a fee. The bill also provides the procedure to admit new community groups to a credit union in regards to membership. Regarding board meetings, the bill requires the board to meet at least once during each calendar year and allow certain members to participate remotely in certain meetings. Lastly, the bill amends section 34-26-1020, relating to permissible investments of credit union funds, to allow for an investment in certain charitable donation accounts.

On March 8, 2018, H. 5108 by Representative Sandifer was introduced and referred to the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee. That bill is the companion bill to S. 337.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/337.htm

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

April 9 – April 13, 2018

Last week, the House and the Senate worked long hours to get bills across to the opposing body before the April 10 crossover deadline. Senators spent four days debating the State Budget before approving the approximately $8.2 billion spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July. 1.  The budget now heads back to the House of Representatives, which is expected to amend the bill with its version and send it to a conference committee.  The Senate’s version of the budget includes a proviso that seeks divestment of the state’s publicly owned utility Santee Cooper, a pay raise for the state’s nine constitutional officers, a definition of anti-Semitism, a $500 one-time bonus for most state employees, a ban on sanctuary cities and a 1% teacher pay raise.  The majority of contention in the senate debate came when several senators attempted to defund Planned Parenthood and to stop insurance coverage for public employees seeking an abortion. Both of these measures were defeated.

 

Last week in the House, the utility lobby was able to defeat the solar bill that seemed as if it was a sure thing. It was defeated due to a constitutional technicality that helped pro-utility lawmakers kill the bill which would have lifted a cap on solar energy captured by residences in the State.

 

This week, the pace of the General Assembly will pick up as we move toward the May 10th Sine Die adjournment date. With this being the end of a two-year legislative session, each day that passes carries with it more pressure to get legislation passed.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

April 2 – April 6, 2018

The Senate returned to session this week and has a full calendar ahead with little time to complete it.   This week, the majority of the Senate debate centers on the State’s budget. The official crossover date, the deadline where any piece of legislation has to be passed out of one body to the other body for consideration without needing a two-thirds vote, is April 10th. Last week, with the Senate on furlough, the House dealt with its contested calendar hoping to get bills across to the Senate by April 10th. The House got through much of its calendar, including moving forward on a bill to privatize Santee Cooper.  The House is also in the midst of "The Great Solar Debate," which lifts a 2 percent cap on solar energy in the State. The Coastal Conservation League and other environmental groups are praising the bill, saying it could help residents reduce power bills.

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

March 26 – March 30, 2018

Last week, the House of Representatives was on furlough, but the Senate provided its share of fireworks.  In trying to move through the calendar in advance of its own furlough week, the Senate took up legislation pertaining to SCANA.  After a lengthy deliberation, the Senate decided to delay a vote on whether South Carolina utility customers should continue paying surcharges to fund a canceled $9 billion nuclear project at V.C. Summer.  Another piece of legislation that sparked contention was the debate on S.431, a violence in school bill sponsored by Senator Sandy Sen (R –Charleston). While discussing her bill, Senator Sen made allegations of vote trading in the chamber and stated her intent to file a bill that would make vote trading illegal.

The Senate is on furlough this week and will return next week to take up the budget. The House of Representatives returned this week to take up their contested calendar.  The April 10th crossover deadline looms, making time precious for both chambers to pass meaningful legislation this session.

Bills introduced in the Senate

S. 1145: This bill is sponsored by Senator Darrell Jackson and would provide for liens for nonpayment of fees, fines, assessments, or other charges owed to a homeowners association and, after the effective date of this act, would prohibit a homeowners association from foreclosing on a lien if the lien is solely for nonpayment of fees, fines, assessments, or other changes.

The bill was introduced on March 27, 2018 and was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/1145.htm

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

March 19 – March 23, 2018

Last week, the House and Senate continued to clear their calendars in anticipation of each chamber’s upcoming furlough week.  The Senate, whose furlough begins the week of April 2nd, worked unusually late hours debating a bill regarding liquor licensing in South Carolina.  The bill was filed in response to a South Carolina Supreme Court order holding that the State’s three-store limit was unconstitutional.  After debating the special-order legislation for nine hours Wednesday, the Senate agreed to set limits depending on population size. If a county’s population is under 250,000 people, then the three-store limit remains. Meanwhile, the House made its way through the calendar placing a few bills on the contested calendar. 

The Speaker of the House made it clear that when the House returns from its furlough week, it will deal with the bills that are on the contested calendar to get through as much legislation as possible before the April 10th crossover deadline.

This week, the House is on furlough while the Senate is expected to debate bills related to SCANA and its role in the $9 billion ratepayer debacle at the VC Summer nuclear site.  The Senate will take its Furlough on April 3rd, 4th, and 5th, which is the same week that the House returns

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

March 12 – March 16, 2018

To the Legislative Committee:

The South Carolina House of Representatives finished its budget deliberations on Wednesday of last week. The House then recessed until Tuesday, March 20th.  The Budget now moves to the Senate where that chamber gets a chance to debate the 8.2 billion dollar spending plan.  This week, the House has full agendas in subcommittees and full committees as Easter furlough and crossover dates approach. This year’s crossover deadline is April 10th.

Last week, the Senate had a full week of subcommittee and committee hearings to get as many bills as possible heard by the Senate before their Easter break. The Senate gave third reading to S.805, a bill that will create an umbrella agency to act as a watchdog over all child services the State provides.  This week, the Senate continues to have a full plate as it works its way through the Senate calendar in preparation for deliberation of the budget in the coming weeks.

MBAC is still following several House bills, which should be heard in subcommittees over the next few weeks.

Election filing opened March 16th for seats in the House of Representatives.  

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

March 5 – March 9, 2018

To the Legislative Committee:

Last week, members of the MBAC legislative committee met with Senator Tom Davis to discuss concerns and questions regarding the WRAP bill, S. 313, which would provide a vehicle for financing wind resistant improvements on residential property. Senator Davis has decided not to move forward with the bill this session. He would like to work with MBAC over the summer and fall to craft a product which would be viable in South Carolina.

 

This week, the House debates the approximately 8.2 billion dollar budget. The debate will center around pension and healthcare funding.

Bills introduced in the House:

H. 5055: A bill by Representative Newton and others which would provide that a deed or mortgage of real estate executed after June 1, 2018, must identify the preparer of the instrument and provide his contact information or an attorney licensed to practice in South Carolina assisting with the closing of the instrument in order to be recorded in the register of deeds or clerk of courts office. The bill further provides that upon a showing satisfactory to the clerk of court or register of deeds that the derivation clause or identifying and contact information of the preparer or an attorney licensed to practice in South Carolina assisting with the closing of the instrument is not available, the clerk of court or register of deeds may record the deed or mortgage.

The bill was introduced on March 1, 2018 and referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/5055.htm

 

H. 5108: A bill by Representative Sandifer. This bill is the companion bill to S. 337, which was adopted by the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on February 28th with a strike and insert amendment. The Senate bill was given 2nd reading on March 8th. The amendment to S. 337 was a result of a year-long debate and compromise between the Bankers Association and the Credit Union Association. The bills relate to the powers of credit unions, and set forth that a credit union may provide certain services to certain members for a fee. The bills also provide the procedure to admit new community groups to a credit union in regards to membership. Regarding board meetings, the bills require the board to meet at least once during each calendar year and allow certain members to participate remotely in certain meetings. Lastly, the bills amend section 34-26-1020, relating to permissible investments of credit union funds, to allow for an investment in certain charitable donation accounts.

 

The bill was introduced on March 8, 2018 and was referred to the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/5108.htm

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

February 26 – March 2, 2018

To the Legislative Committee:

Last week, MBAC held its annual legislative day at the South Carolina Statehouse. Approximately, 25 MBAC members from North and South Carolina met at the Statehouse to experience a typical legislative day. The group was greeted by Ron Bodvake, the Commissioner of Consumer Finance at the South Carolina Board of Financial Institutions. The group then proceeded to the House of Representatives where they observed the House in session and were introduced by Representative Nathan Ballentine. A short walk through the underground garage led the group to the Senate office building where they attended the Banking and Insurance Committee meeting. The group was welcomed to the meeting and introduced to the Committee by Chairman Ronnie Cromer. The Committee members adopted S. 337, a controversial bill, which has taken almost a year for an agreement to be reached between the two key stakeholders.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/337.htm

After the Committee meeting, the group said hello to Carri Lybarker, Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs. The group took another trip back to the Statehouse where they watched the ceremonial procession of the Senate, as the senators walked to the House Chamber for a joint assembly to hear the state of the courts from the Chief Justice, Don Beatty.

A luncheon was held at the Palmetto Club and hosted by the Mortgage Lenders Association of Greater Columbia. Guest speakers, Representative James Smith and Representative Nathan Ballentine, addressed the group and held a question and answer session. After lunch, a group walked over to the Statehouse to observe the Senate in session, and Senator Ronnie Cromer introduced the group to the Senate.

I want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s legislative day and give a special thank you to Chuck Stiles and the Mortgage Lenders Association of Greater Columbia for hosting the luncheon for the second year in a row. I look forward to next year’s legislative day and appreciate any feedback about the day, so that we can continue to improve on this special event. 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

February 12 – February 16, 2018

To the Legislative Committee:

Last week, the House voted to change the makeup of the Public Service Commission in the wake of the V.C. Summer nuclear crisis. The House bill, which now heads to the Senate, would require PSC commissioners to further their education and to question utility requests thoroughly. A Senate committee heard from the CEO of Dominion but says state officials need more time to determine what led to the VC Summer utility project being canceled. Also, last week, more than 200 people gathered on the Statehouse steps to protest oil and natural gas exploration off the coast of South Carolina. Lastly, Governor Henry McMaster signed into law a bill that protects manufacturers from lawsuits from their corporate neighbors so long as those manufacturers are compliant with S.C. regulations. 

Next week, the House Medical, Military and Public Municipal Affairs Committee meets to discuss a bill that would allow telemedicine in the State, while another House committee will debate several measures aimed at helping the State address the opioid abuse. The budget moves from subcommittee review to debate by the entire Ways and Means Committee.

Bills moving in the Senate:

S. 313 by Senator Davis. This legislation is known as the WRAP bill. It would allow a homeowner to obtain, through special financing, qualified wind resistance improvements to aid in windstorm protection. The bill would establish options for financing, require certain notices be made, and provide for the type of lien that may be filed pursuant to this section.

 

The bill was introduced on 1/25/17 and was referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee. A subcommittee met on the bill last year and incorporated many changes, including several of those suggested by MBAC. Work on the bill continued this past fall with MBAC at the table. A subcommittee met on February 14, 2018 and heard testimony from members of MBAC, the Department of Consumer Affairs, as well as the proponent of the bill. The sponsor of the bill agreed to incorporate several of the changes suggested by MBAC. Another subcommittee hearing will be scheduled at a future date, and MBAC will continue to review and make comments on the bill.

 

S. 833 by Senator Goldfinch. This bill would authorize a county government to require, by ordinance, that the owner of a lot or property in the county, whether residential or commercial, shall keep that lot or property clean and free of rubbish, debris, and other unhealthy and unsightly material, or conditions that constitute a public nuisance. The bill would further provide for notification to the owner of conditions needing correction, require that the owner take action as necessary to correct the conditions, provide the terms and conditions under which an employee of the county or a person employed for that purpose may go on the property to correct the conditions, and provide that not more than the actual cost of these corrections becomes a lien upon the real estate and is collectable as a county tax. Currently, a municipality has the same type of authority that is sought for counties in this legislation. The bill was introduced on January 9, 2108 and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A subcommittee meeting will be held on February 20, 2018 at 9:00 in room 407 of the Gressette Building.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/833.htm

 

Bills moving in the House:

H. 3337 by Representative Ballentine. This bill would revise the filing and recording fees which may be charged, including a flat fee of thirty-five dollars for certain documents filed or recorded with the offices of the register of deeds or clerk of court. The bill would provide for a flat fee of ten dollars for certain other documents filed or recorded with these offices.

The bill is the companion bill to S. 864 by Senator Hutto which was introduced at the beginning of this session.

 

H. 3337 was introduced on 1/10/17 and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. The Special Laws Subcommittee met on the bill on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The subcommittee adopted and amended the bill decreasing the $35 fee to $25. The bill is on the agenda for the House Judiciary Committee on February 20, 2018.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3337.htm

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

February 5 – February 9, 2018

To the Legislative Committee:

Last week, the legislature held a joint assembly on Wednesday February 7th, to elect new judges and members of various boards and commissions.  House Ways and Means and Finance subcommittees continued to meet on the budget. A Senate subcommittee declined to move forward on the Dominion deal, while a House subcommittee moved to force refunds for SCE&G ratepayers. . Also, last week, a bill was introduced in response to the fatal Amtrak train wreck in Cayce. The legislation would impose a fine on railroads that don't use key safety technology. 

Next week, a Senate subcommittee will hear from the CEO of Dominion, the General Assembly will continue to discuss pension reform, the regulation of prescription opioid use, damn regulations, and the creation of the Office of Children’s Advocacy.

Committee meetings in the Senate last week:

February 8, 2018:

S., 877 by Senator Alexander. This bill would tweak the bill which passed last session regarding the Appraisal Management Company Registration Act. The bill would provide, as part of the registration requirements, for the posting of a surety bond in an amount not to exceed $50,000. Currently, a detailed financial statement must be filed. The bill would strike the financial statement language and replace it with the surety bond requirement.  

The bill was introduced on 1/9/18 and referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee. A subcommittee was held on January 24, 2018, and an amendment was adopted which would provide that a financial statement may be filed OR a surety bond of up to $50,000 may be posted. The full LCI Committee met on February 8, 2018 and adopted the subcommittee amendment. The bill is up for 2nd reading in the Senate the week of February 12th.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/877.htm

Committee meetings in the Senate the week of February 12th:

February 14, 2018:

S. 313 by Senator Davis. This legislation is known as the WRAP bill. It would allow a homeowner to obtain, through special financing, qualified wind resistance improvements to aid in windstorm protection. The bill would establish options for financing, require certain notices be made, and provide for the type of lien that may be filed pursuant to this section.

The bill was introduced on 1/25/17 and was referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee. A subcommittee met on the bill last year and incorporated many changes, including several of those suggested by MBAC. Work on the bill continued this past fall with MBAC at the table. A subcommittee will meet on February 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gressette Building to continue debate on the bill. Members of MBAC will be there to testify.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

January 29 – February 2, 2018

 

To the Legislative Committee:

The legislature was busy last week. Two interesting bills that passed the House were bills creating a Utilities Consumer Advocate within the Attorney General's Office to safeguard the interests of consumers in dealings with public utilities, and a bill that replaces the Public Utilities Review Committee with a new twelve-member “Utility Oversight Committee”.  Public utilities are defined as those that offer essential services like electrical power, gas pipelines for heating and cooking needs, water, sewage, and telecommunications.  The new “Utility Oversight Committee” is to be composed of six legislators holding key leadership positions, two members of the general public appointed by legislative leaders, and four members of the general public appointed by the Governor. The legislation also establishes qualifications and duties for committee members. The oversight committee is charged with screening PSC candidates and making nominations for the election of commissioners by the General Assembly. The bill now goes to the Senate where it is likely to receive quick attention,  

This week, there will be a joint assembly on Wednesday February 7th, to elect new judges. 

Committee meetings in the Senate:

 

February 8, 2018:

 

S., 877 by Senator Alexander. This bill would tweak the bill which passed last session regarding the Appraisal Management Company Registration Act. The bill would provide, as part of the registration requirements, for the posting of a surety bond in an amount not to exceed $50,000. Currently, a detailed financial statement must be filed. The bill would strike the financial statement language and replace it with the surety bond requirement.  

 

The bill was introduced on 1/9/18 and referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee. A subcommittee was held on January 24, 2018, and an amendment was adopted which would provide that a financial statement may be filed OR a surety bond of up to $50,000 may be posted. The full LCI Committee is scheduled to meet on February 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Gressette Building.  

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/877.htm

 

February 14, 2018:

 

S. 313 by Senator Davis. This legislation is known as the WRAP bill. It would allow a homeowner to obtain, through special financing, qualified wind resistance improvements to aid in windstorm protection. The bill would establish options for financing, require certain notices be made, and provide for the type of lien that may be filed pursuant to this section.

 

The bill was introduced on 1/25/17 and was referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee. A subcommittee met on the bill last year and incorporated many changes, including several of those suggested by MBAC. Work on the bill continued this past fall with MBAC at the table. A subcommittee will meet on February 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gressette Building to continue debate on the bill.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

January 22 - 26, 2018

To the Legislative Committee:

The South Carolina General Assembly was back in the swing of things starting on January 23rd after 2 days of furlough due to weather the week of the 15th. The House Ways and Means Subcommittees continued to work on the budget. Senator Vince Sheheen filibustered a bill related to nuisances, and a children’s subcommittee met on legislation which would create the office of child advocate and realign many smaller divisions of the Office of Administration.

 

Committee meetings in the Senate:

 

S., 877 by Senator Alexander. This bill would tweak the bill which passed last session regarding the Appraisal Management Company Registration Act. The bill would provide, as part of the registration requirements, for the posting of a surety bond in an amount not to exceed $50,000. Currently, a detailed financial statement must be filed. The bill would strike the financial statement language and replace it with the surety bond requirement.  

 

The bill was introduced on 1/9/18 and referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee. A subcommittee was held on January 24, 2018, and an amendment was adopted which would provide that a financial statement may be filed OR a surety bond of up to $50,000 may be posted. The full LCI Committee is scheduled to meet on February 8, 2018.  

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/877.htm

 

Bills introduced in the House:

H. 4686 by Representative Pitts. Weeks, Dillard, Bernstein, Delleney, Crawford, D.C. Moss, G.M. Smith and Stavrinakis. This bill would provide that every standing committee of the Senate and of the House of Representatives, in the discharge of its duties, is by majority vote of the committee authorized to issue subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum to any private entities or individuals as required by law, including, but not limited to, a financial institution to compel the attendance of witnesses and production of documents, books, papers, correspondence, memoranda, reports of medical records, and other records relevant to its work, investigation, or study.

As used in this section, 'financial institution' means:

(1)    a bank with deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation;

(2)    an institution with accounts insured by the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation;

(3)    a credit union with accounts insured by the National Credit Union Administration Board;

(4)    a federal home loan bank or a member, as defined in Section 2 of the Federal Home Loan Bank Act, 12 U.S.C. Section 1422, of the federal home loan bank system; or

(5)    a bank, banking association, land bank, intermediate credit bank, bank for cooperatives, production credit association land bank association, mortgage association, trust company, savings bank, or other banking or financial institution organized or operating under the laws of the United States or its states."

The bill was introduced on 124/2018 and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/4686.htm

 

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

January 15 - 19, 2018

To the Legislative Committee:

This week, the legislature met on Tuesday but not Wednesday or Thursday due to the wintry mix which blanketed many parts of the State. Taking up Gubernatorial vetoes was the focus of the work on Tuesday.  The legislature will be back in full swing next week. The Governor’s State of the State address has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, January 24th.

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

January 8 - 12, 2018

To the Legislative Committee:

The South Carolina General Assembly convened on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 and took up where they left off last summer.

Ethics investigations are still under way, and the V. C. Summer Nuclear project is at the forefront of most legislative discussions. A plethora of bills were introduced in the Senate and House, and committees began their 2018 meetings. The lobby was abuzz with everyone returning and determining which bills will be heard over the next few weeks.

It is the middle of a two-year session, so every bill from last year is carried forward to this year, including the PACE bill and the WRAP bill, and MBAC continues to work on both bills.

The PACE bill has been passed by the Senate and currently resides in the House LCI Committee. The WRAP bill is still in a Senate LCI Subcommittee, but the subcommittee will meet within the next few weeks to continue debate on the bill.

 

The PACE bill is S. 261 and would enact the "South Carolina Commercial-Property Assessed Clean Energy Act" (c-pace) to provide that governing bodies may establish a special district by adoption of an ordinance for the purpose of promoting, encouraging, and facilitating clean energy improvements within its geographic area.   The bill would provide that the governing body has the authority to impose an assessment on the real property which qualifies for the improvement and the assessment constitutes a c-pace lien against the qualifying real property until paid subject to the consent of existing mortgagees.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/261.htm

 

The WRAP bill is S. 313 and would allow a homeowner to obtain, through special financing, qualified wind resistance improvements to aid in windstorm protection. The bill would establish options for financing, require certain notices be made, and provide for the type of lien that may be filed pursuant to this section.

 

The bill was introduced on 1/25/17 and was referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee. A subcommittee met on the bill last year and incorporated many changes, including several of those suggested by MBAC. Work on the bill continued this past fall with MBAC at the table.

A subcommittee will meet to continue debate in a few weeks.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/313.htm

 

The MBAC SC Legislative Committee will again hold conference calls every 2 weeks during the legislative session, as they do every session, to discuss bills and determine what positions MBAC should take on bills of interest to the Association.

There will also be a legislative day during session where members of the SC Legislative Committee can attend legislative meetings and sessions of the House and Senate.

 

Bills introduced in the Senate:

 

S., 833 by Senator Goldfinch. This bill would authorize a county government to require, by ordinance, that the owner of a lot or property in the county, whether residential or commercial, shall keep that lot or property clean and free of rubbish, debris, and other unhealthy and unsightly material, or conditions that constitute a public nuisance. The bill would further provide for notification to the owner of conditions needing correction, require that the owner take action as necessary to correct the conditions, provide the terms and conditions under which an employee of the county or a person employed for that purpose may go on the property to correct the conditions, and provide that not more than the actual cost of these corrections becomes a lien upon the real estate and is collectable as a county tax.

 

The bill was introduced on 1/9/18 and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/833.htm

 

S. 864 by Senator Hutto. This bill would revise the filing and recording fees which may be charged, including a flat fee of thirty-five dollars for certain documents filed or recorded with the offices of the register of deeds or clerk of court.

The bill would provide for a flat fee of ten dollars for certain other documents filed or recorded with these offices.

The bill is the companion bill to H. 3337 by Representative Ballentine which was introduced last year and currently resides in the House Judiciary Committee. The House bill has not had a hearing.

S. 864 was introduced on 1/9/18 and was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/864.htm

 

Bills introduced in the House last week:

H. 4520 by Representative Newton. This bill would provide that all deeds or mortgages of real estate executed after June 1, 2018, to be recorded must include identifying and contact information of the preparer of the instrument. Provided, however, that upon a showing satisfactory to the clerk of court or register of deeds that identifying and contact information of the preparer of the instrument is not available, the clerk of court or register of deeds may record the deed or mortgage.

The bill was introduced on 1/9/18 and was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/4520.htm

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

May 8 – May 12, 2017

To the Legislative Committee:

The General Assembly adjourned Sine Die last Thursday, May 11th, The early May session-ending date is three weeks earlier than in previous years.  They will return in two weeks on May 23rd to wrap up work on the State’s 8 billion dollar budget, as well as several other items. During special session, legislators may take up:

▪  The budget, which House-Senate negotiators will decide on this week;

▪  Any vetoes that Gov. Henry McMaster issues on bills that legislators passed in the last week of the session;

▪  Any compromises reached by joint House-Senate committees trying to reconcile differing versions of bills passed by both bodies.

They will also work out some of the details on reforming the state’s pension system when they return. Also, they may need to come back again in June to address the Governor’s vetoes on the budget.

This session, the legislature passed two major bills - the gas tax hike and reform of the state’s pension system for its employees.  The gas tax hike is set to raise an estimated $633 million a year for roads by the 2027.  The bill also provides for several tax relief measures.

Although two major issues were passed during the shortened session, several big issues were left on the table. Those issues include loosening the concealed weapons permit laws and repealing the “Charleston loophole” by requiring a longer period for completion of a background check before sales of guns.  The legislature also did not pass bills dealing with the Supreme Court’s decision regarding poor school districts, the opioid crisis, or use of solar farms, although several bills were introduced and debated on these timely issues. 

MBAC had a very busy and successful session. We were at the table on several pieces of legislation which were debated in subcommittee and worked on behind the scenes. These included the C-PACE legislation and the WRAP legislation, which will both be back next year because any bill that did not pass this year will carry forward to next year. The C-PACE legislation passed the Senate but debate was adjourned in the House LCI subcommittee on May 10th. A subcommittee hearing was held on the WRAP bill on May 3rd where several changes were adopted consistent with suggestions made by MBAC. The bill will be back before the same Senate subcommittee next session, so that the subcommittee may review the changes.

Two bills of interest that passed the last week of session were S. 366 and S. 279. S. 279 was signed by the Governor on May 11th and S. 366 should be signed by the Governor any day.

S. 279: Sponsored by Senator Alexander. Enacts the “Appraisal Management Company Registration Act" to require registration for an entity acting as an appraisal management company, to specify registration and renewal requirements, to provide exemptions from registration, to provide for the conduct of appraisal management companies, and to provide remedies for violations. The bill would also amend the composition of the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board, to provide for eight members to include one member representing an appraisal management company.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/279.htm

 

S. 366: Sponsored by Senator Cromer. This omnibus bill would provide clean-up to several mortgage lending and mortgage broker statutory provisions, including testing requirements. Representatives from MBAC worked with the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Consumer Finance Division of the Board of Financial Institutions during the drafting of this bill.  The Act takes effect 120 days after signature by the Governor.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/366.htm

 

 

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

May 1 – May 5, 2017

To the Legislative Committee:

The 2017 legislative session is winding to a close with Sine Die Adjournment to occur 3 weeks earlier than usual on May 11th. This year, the legislature took on pension reform, which passed earlier in the session and continued to work on a bill designed to help South Carolina’s roads. Hopefully, the conferees working on the roads’ bill will present a conference report to the House and Senate next week. A special session to deal with gubernatorial vetoes is likely.

 

This has been a busy year for MBAC. In addition to working behind the scenes on numerous issues affecting our industry. We have been at the table working on several bills that have made have hearings and moved through the General Assembly this session.

 

Last Wednesday, a subcommittee of the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Subcommittee met to discuss S. 313, the Wind Resistance Assessment Program legislation (WRAP). After months of behind the scenes’ discussions, a strike and insert amendment to the bill was debated by the subcommittee. MBAC has been diligent in providing feedback to the proponents on all of the versions of the bill. Rhonda Marcum and Sharon Wilkinson testified at the subcommittee regarding concerns about the bill. At the conclusion of the meeting, it was agreed by the subcommittee that many of our concerns would be addressed and problematic provisions would be deleted from the bill. 

 

On Wednesday, May 10th, a subcommittee of the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee will meet to discuss the C-PACE legislation which has already passed the Senate. MBAC will again testify regarding the lienholder provisions in the bill. The bill will carry forward to the 2018 legislative session.  

 

Other bills which on which the legislature took action last week:

 

S. 279: Sponsored by Senator Alexander. Enacts the “Appraisal Management Company Registration Act" to require registration for an entity acting as an appraisal management company, to specify registration and renewal requirements, to provide exemptions from registration, to provide for the conduct of appraisal management companies, and to provide remedies for violations. The bill would also amend the composition of the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board, to provide for eight members to include one member representing an appraisal management company.

 

The bill received 2nd reading in the House on May, 4th and should receive 3rd reading on May 9th.  After 3rd reading, the bill will be sent to the Governor for his signature. 

 

S. 366: Sponsored by Senator Cromer. This omnibus bill would provide clean-up to several mortgage lending and mortgage broker statutory provisions, including testing requirements. Representatives from MBAC worked with the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Consumer Finance Division of the Board of Financial Institutions during the drafting of this bill. 

 

The bill received 2nd reading in the House on May, 4th and should receive 3rd reading on May 9th.  After 3rd reading, the bill will be sent to the Governor for his signature.  

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEKS OF

March 27 –April 7, 2017

To the Legislative Committee:

The House of Representatives and the Senate have been working toward the crossover deadline, which falls on April 10th , a non-session day, meaning April 6th , the final day of session this week, was the deadline. The crossover date is different this year because of an early Sine Die Adjournment to take place May 11, 2017.

 

Senate:

 

S. 261: On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, the C-PACE bill received 3rd reading in the Senate. On the 30th it received 1st reading in the House and was referred to the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee. A subcommittee meeting has not been scheduled.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/261.htm

 

 

House:

 

H. 3886: This HOA bill was adopted by the full House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee on March 13, 2017 but was placed on the House contested calendar on March 22, 2017. The bill was given 2nd reading on the 30th and received unanimous consent for 3rd reading on the 31st. The bill was given 1st reading in the Senate on April 4th and was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A subcommittee comprised of Senators Hutto (ch), Johnson, Turner, and Gambrell have been appointed to study the bill.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3886.htm

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEKS OF

March 13 – March 24, 2017

To the Legislative Committee:

The House of Representatives passed the General Appropriations bill the week of March 13th. After finishing the budget, the House took off the rest of the week, returning last week to a full slate of committee meetings. Like the House, the Senate continues to work toward the crossover deadline, which falls on April 6th this year because of an early Sine Die Adjournment.

 

Senate:

 

S. 261: On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the C-PACE bill received 2nd reading and should receive 3rd reading this week.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/261.htm

 

S. 576: This bill, sponsored by Senators Rankin and Jackson, is the companion bill to the House HOA bill, H. 3886, which is currently on the House contested calendar.

 

The bill was introduced on March 22, 2017 and was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/576.htm

 

 

House:

 

H. 3886: This HOA bill was adopted by the full House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee on March 13, 2017 but was placed on the House contested calendar on March 22, 2017. The bill remains on the contested calendar.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3886.htm

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

February 27 – March 3, 2017

To the Legislative Committee:

Last week, the legislature celebrated Clemson day at the Statehouse and recognized the National Champions. The budget was printed, and this coming week it will be provided to the House members.

 

Meetings this week:

 

S. 261: On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee will meet to again debate the C-PACE bill which was carried over at the last meeting so that additional amendments could be drafted.

 

Senate Calendar:

 

S. 279: Enacts the “Appraisal Management Company Registration Act" to require registration for an entity acting as an appraisal management company, to specify registration and renewal requirements, to provide exemptions from registration, to provide for the conduct of appraisal management companies, and to provide remedies for violations. The bill would also amend the composition of the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board, to provide for eight members to include one member representing an appraisal management company.

 

Senator Setzler continues to move to carry over the bill. The bill will be back up for second reading on March 7, 2017.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/279.htm

 

S. 366: On Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Senate gave the Mortgage Lending Act clean-up bill second reading. The bill will be up for third reading in the Senate on March 7, 2017.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/366.htm

 

 

 

Bills Introduced last week:

 

H. 3886: This bill, sponsored by Representative Crawford, Ryhal, and others, would add a chapter to the Code of Laws pertaining to Homeowners Associations.

 

The bill was introduced on 3/2//2017 and was referred to the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3886.htm

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

February 20 - 24, 2017

To the Legislative Committee:

Last week, the legislature again had a full week of subcommittee and committee meetings, including the Senate Judiciary and House Judiciary Committees, The Ways and Means Committee wrapped up the budget.

 

Meetings last week:

 

S. 366: On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee met and passed the Mortgage Lending Act clean-up bill with no amendments. The bill will be on the Senate calendar the week of March 28th.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/366.htm

 

S. 261: On Thursday, February 23, 2017, the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee met and carried over the C-PACE bill while additional amendments are drafted. The Committee will meet again on March 9, 2017.

 

Senate Calendar:

 

S. 279: Enacts the “Appraisal Management Company Registration Act" to require registration for an entity acting as an appraisal management company, to specify registration and renewal requirements, to provide exemptions from registration, to provide for the conduct of appraisal management companies, and to provide remedies for violations. The bill would also amend the composition of the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board, to provide for eight members to include one member representing an appraisal management company.

 

Senator Setzler continues to move to carry over the bill. The bill will be back up for second reading on February 28th.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/279.htm

 

 

Bills Introduced last week:

 

H. 3816: This bill, sponsored by Representative Ballentine, is the House companion bill to S. 366, the Mortgage Lending clean-up bill.

 

The bill was introduced on 2/22/2017 and was referred to the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3816.htm

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

February 13 - 17, 2017

To the Legislative Committee:

Last week, the legislature again had a full week of subcommittee and committee meetings. The bills of interests to MBAC are highlighted below:

 

Meetings this week:

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017:

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will meet at 11:00 to discuss a full agenda, including, the Mortgage Lending Act clean-up bill, S. 366, Last Wednesday, February 15, 2017, a subcommittee adopted the bill with no amendments.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/366.htm

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017:

The Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee will meet at 9:00. The C-PACE bill, S. 261, which was adopted by the subcommittee on Wednesday, February 15th will be on the agenda, Last Wednesday, the subcommittee adopted the bill with an amendment striking the provision which would allow a C-PACE project to be financed with revenue bonds issued by a governing body. The text of the amendment is as follows:

Section 6-39-90.    (A)    Clean energy improvements may be financed in the following manner:

(1)    with revenue bonds issued by the participating governing body or any other qualified issuer of revenue bonds, provided that such revenue bonds shall be secured solely by the assessments collected from properties when owners have voluntarily entered into assessment contracts and have undertaken clean energy improvement projects, and any other funds lawfully pledged as security;

(2)    with funds provided directly by a bank or other financial institution or lender pursuant to a contract between the owner, the governing body, and the lender setting forth terms for the repayment of such funds, and remedies in the event of a delinquency or default; or

(3)    with any other legally available funds.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/261.htm

Senate Calendar:

 

S. 279 Enacts the “Appraisal Management Company Registration Act" to require registration for an entity acting as an appraisal management company, to specify registration and renewal requirements, to provide exemptions from registration, to provide for the conduct of appraisal management companies, and to provide remedies for violations. The bill would also amend the composition of the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board, to provide for eight members to include one member representing an appraisal management company.

On Thursday, February 16th, Senator Setzler moved to carry over the bill. The bill will be back up for second reading on February 21st.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/279.htm


 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

February 6 - 10, 2017

To the Legislative Committee:

Last week, the legislature had a full week of subcommittee and committee meetings. President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman was honored with a portrait hanging in the Senate Chamber. The House Ways and Means Committee continues to work on the general appropriations bill.

Meetings this week:

A Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Subcommittee will meet on the C-PACE bill, S. 261, on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9:30.

A Senate Banking and Insurance Subcommittee will meet on the Mortgage Lending Act clean-up bill, S. 366, on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:00.

Meetings last week:

S. 279 Enacts the “Appraisal Management Company Registration Act" to require registration for an entity acting as an appraisal management company, to specify registration and renewal requirements, to provide exemptions from registration, to provide for the conduct of appraisal management companies, and to provide remedies for violations. The bill would also amend the composition of the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board, to provide for eight members to include one member representing an appraisal management company.

The full Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee’s met on Thursday, February 9, 2017 and adopted the bill. The bill will be up for second reading in the Senate on February 14, 2017

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/279.htm

 

Bills introduced in the Senate last week:

S. 363: Sponsored by Senator Kimpson. The bill would provide for an increase in the deed recording fee by twenty cents. Ten cents of the increase would go to the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority and ten cents would go to local and regional housing trust funds for use toward affordable housing.

The bill was introduced on 2/7/17 and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/363.htm

 

S. 363: Sponsored by Senator Cromer. This omnibus bill would provide clean-up to several mortgage lending and mortgage broker statutory provisions, including testing requirements. Representatives from MBAC worked with the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Consumer Finance Division of the Board of Financial Institutions during the drafting of this bill.  

The bill was introduced on 2/7/17 and was referred to the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.

There will be a meeting of a subcommittee of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on Wednesday, February 15th at 10:00 to discuss the bill.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/366.htm

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

January 30 – February 3, 2017

To the Legislative Committee:

Last week, the legislature held judicial elections and elected several new circuit and family court judges, as well as a new Supreme Court justice, Buck James.

 

Meetings last week:

 

S. 279 Enacts the “Appraisal Management Company Registration Act" to require registration for an entity acting as an appraisal management company, to specify registration and renewal requirements, to provide exemptions from registration, to provide for the conduct of appraisal management companies, and to provide remedies for violations. The bill would also amend the composition of the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board, to provide for eight members to include one member representing an appraisal management company.

 

A Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry subcommittee, chaired by Senator Tom Davis, met on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 to discuss S.279. Several people testified on the bill and although there were a few areas of disagreement between the key stakeholders, the stakeholders agreed that the bill should move forward to the full committee while they work out their different positions on the bill.

 

The bill is on the agenda for the full Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee’s meeting which will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 9:00 in the Gressette Building.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/279.htm

 

Bills introduced in the House last week:

 

H. 3647: Sponsored by Representative Sandifer, et al. This bill, relating to timeshare vacation rentals, would provide requirements for resale vacation timeshare services and providers of these services.

 

The bill was introduced on 2/2/17 and was referred to the House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee.

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3647.htm

 

 

 

 

SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF

January 23 - 27, 2017

To the Legislative Committee:

Last week, the legislature was back in full swing in both chambers and several subcommittee and committee meetings were held. Henry McMaster was sworn in as Governor, Kevin Bryant was sworn in as Lt. Governor, and Hugh Leatherman retained his position as Senate President Pro Tem. Judicial candidates were in the lobby gearing up for the upcoming judicial election.

 

Meetings this week:

 

A Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry subcommittee, chaired by Senator Tom Davis, will meet on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 to discuss several bills, including S. 279 pertaining to appraisal regulations. The bill is summarized below.

 

Agenda for the subcommittee meeting:

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/agendas/122s1043.pdf

 

Bills introduced in the Senate last week:

S. 278: Sponsored by Senator Tom Alexander. This bill would provide uniform standards for formatting documents submitted to a clerk of court or register of deeds for recording, The bill would provide for a six-month grace period after which a nonconforming document may be accepted for recording but with the imposition of a nonrefundable “fine” of ten dollars to be deposited in the county general fund. A nonconforming document may also be refused for recording after the six-month grace period. There would be an exemption for documents filed electronically pursuant to the uniform real property electronic recording act.

The bill was introduced on 1/24/17 and was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee,

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/278.htm

 

S. 279: Sponsored by Senator Tom Alexander. This bill would enact the "Appraisal Management Company Registration Act" to require registration for an entity acting as an appraisal management company, to specify registration and renewal requirements, to provide exemptions from registration, to provide for the conduct of appraisal management companies, and to provide remedies for violations. The bill would also amend the composition of the South Carolina Real Estate Appraisers Board, to provide for eight members to include one member representing an appraisal management company.

 

The bill was introduced on 1/24/17 and was referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee, There will be a subcommittee hearing on the bill on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/279.htm

 

S. 313: Sponsored by Senator Tom Davis. The bill would allow a county to establish a windstorm protection and homeowners insurance program to assist a homeowner with the financial costs of qualified wind resistance improvements. The bill would establish options for financing, require certain notices be made, provide that a lien filed pursuant to this section is considered to be an ad valorem tax, and provide restrictions to an increase in property taxes.

 

The bill was introduced on 1/25/17 and was referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee,

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/313.htm

 

Bills introduced in the House last week:

 

H. 3570: Sponsored by Representatives Herbkersman, Erickson, and Newton. This bill would allow a county to establish a windstorm protection and homeowners insurance program to assist a homeowner with the financial costs of qualified wind resistance improvements. The bill would establish options for financing, require certain notices be made, provide that a lien filed pursuant to this section is considered to be an ad valorem tax, and provide restrictions to an increase in property taxes.

This is the companion bill to S. 313 introduced by Senator Tom Davis last week.

The bill was introduced on 1/25/17 and was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.

 

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess122_2017-2018/bills/3570.htm

 
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