March 11, 1997
Vol. 14, No. 8
South Carolina House of Representatives
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Legislative Update, March 11, 1997
WEEK IN REVIEW
The House completed work on the 1997-98 General Appropriation Bill (H.3400), the
Supplemental Appropriation Bill (H.3401), and the
Capital Reserve bill (H.3402). A summary of the House's spending plan, prepared by the House Ways and Means Committee, is attached to this issue of the Legislative Update.
The House amended and gave third reading to H.3272
which revises the Consumer Protection
Code as it pertains to penalties for violations of certain loan provisions, most notably, a
creditor's failure to obtain the borrower's preference of legal counsel and insurance agent before
the closing of a mortgage loan. The bill prohibits borrowers from filing class action suits on
such violations and sets a time limit and other restrictions on pursuing individual causes of
action. The bill sets new limits on amounts which may be recovered in individual suits, such
that a debtor may recover actual damages and a penalty of one hundred to one thousand dollars. Greater court awards are authorized in suits where the court finds unconscionable conduct on the
part of the creditor. Class actions pending as of the date when H.3272 received third
the House may proceed, but are subject to the new remedies provided by the bill.
The House gave second reading to two bills which bring South Carolina into compliance with
the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), popularly
known as the "Kennedy-Kassebaum Bill."
S.287 accommodates provisions in the HIPAA which
guarantee health insurance portability for individuals moving from group to individual coverage. Under the HIPAA, insurers in the individual market must offer coverage and accept enrollment
of any eligible individual whose most recent coverage has been in the group market. S.287 takes
advantage of provisions in the HIPAA which allow states to avoid direct imposition of federal
mandates by creating acceptable alternative mechanisms. S.287 alters South Carolina's existing
Health Insurance Pool to make it such an acceptable alternative mechanism. To that end, the bill
shortens residency requirements, removes the current exclusion of HIV positive individuals,
provides health coverage options, increases benefit level to one million dollars, lowers the
premium cap from 300% to 200%, and eliminates the provision which allows extra premium
charges in cases where a pre-existing medical condition is waived. The House amended and
gave second reading to S.288
which conforms state law to certain federal mandates in the
HIPAA which must be put into effect no later than July 1, 1997, lest the Department of Insurance
surrender certain regulatory authority of health insurance to federal agencies. The bill
accomplishes the following: (1) limits the exclusion of pre-existing medical conditions from
large and small group health insurance plans; (2) restricts an insurer's ability to establish
eligibility rules for large and small group health insurance plans which are based upon such
health status factors as disabilities, genetic information, history of domestic abuse, etc.; (3)
guarantees availability of coverage in the small group market; (4) guarantees renewability of
coverage in the large and small group markets and in multi-employer self-insured health plans;
(5) enacts provisions of the federal Newborns and Mothers Protection Act of 1996 which require
health insurers who cover hospitalization and attendant professional services for mothers and
newborns to provide at least forty-eight hours of postpartum care following the day of a natural
delivery and at least ninety-six hours of postpartum care following the day of a Cesarean
Section; (6) provides parity in the application of certain limits to mental health benefits.
The House gave second reading to several other measures.
H.3404 eliminates the requirement
that the Public Service Commission adopt procedures that encourage public utilities providing
gas services to invest in cost-effective energy conservation programs. Under the bill, public
utilities providing gas services are no longer required to prepare integrated resource plans. H.3103 authorizes any agency or any person who does
an early periodic screening, diagnosis and
treatment screening (EPSDT) or other physical examination of a child to refer the child to an
appropriate agency for an evaluation if the child may be helped by assistive technology. "Assistive technology" means a service or device used to maintain or improve the functional
capacities of an individual with a disability. H.3135
allows a photograph of fish, game, or
wildlife to be used as competent evidence of the wildlife or fish in any proceeding.
makes it unlawful to buy, sell, or possess for sale any wildlife native to this state, unless
specifically allowed by law.
The Senate gave third reading and sent to the House S.392, which provides that candidates for
public office who lose a primary are barred from serving if elected as a write-in candidate in the
general election. H.3176, which concerns University of
South Carolina net athletic revenue
funds, was given second reading with notice of general amendments. The Senate also gave
second reading, with notice of general amendments on third reading, to S.16. This bill requires
insurance policies and health maintenance organizations to pay for hospitalization for at least 48
hours following a mastectomy.
S.486, which enacts the South
Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank Act, was introduced
and referred to the Senate Transportation Committee. The Senate then adopted a motion that,
upon the report of the bill by the Transportation Committee, the bill will be committed to the
Senate Finance Committee for consideration.
Most committees chose not to meet while the House debated the Fiscal Year 1997-98 budget.
The General Laws Subcommittee gave a favorable report with amendment to
prohibits drinking games in establishments which sell beer, wine, or other alcoholic beverages. The amendment proposed by the subcommittee changes the bill's criminal penalty for a violation
to the administrative penalty of possible suspension or revocation of alcohol licenses and
AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, AND ENVIRONMENTAL
H.3590 ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS/GAME ZONE 6 Rep.
This bill prohibits the use of artificial lights from a vehicle or water conveyance in Game Zone 6
for the purpose of observing or harassing wildlife.
H.3604 SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AND
PERMITTING Rep. Sharpe
Current law states that no permit to construct or expand a solid waste management facility within
a county or municipality may be issued by the Department of Health and Environmental Control
(DHEC) unless the proposed facility or expansion is consistent with local zoning and land use
ordinances. This bill states that DHEC must determine the consistency of the proposed facility
or expansion with the county or regional solid waste management plan and the state solid waste
management plan after consultation with the county or region.
H.3606 SOLID WASTE POLICY AND
MANAGEMENT ACT AMENDMENTS Rep. Sharpe
This bill amends the S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991 by revising several
definitions in the act and deleting the fee of ten dollars a ton on solid waste generated out of state
and disposed of in this state. The bill also makes changes regarding the duties of the Office of
Solid Waste Reduction and provides that the Recycling and Solid Waste Management Trust
Fund will fund grants to schools and colleges to establish waste reduction and recycling
education programs and demonstration projects.
H.3607 SOLID WASTE ADVISORY COUNCIL
This bill increases the membership of the Solid Waste Advisory Council from sixteen to eighteen
and deletes the provision in the code regarding expiration of the existence of the council. The
bill also states that the Department of Health and Environmental Control may issue an order
requiring compliance with a regulation or bring a civil action for injunctive relief under certain
EDUCATION AND PUBLIC WORKS
H.3589 "LAKE MURRAY" LICENSE PLATES Rep.
This bill provides for the issuance of special commemorative "Lake Murray" license plates. The
biennial fee for the plate would be $50, with $25 deposited in the State general fund and $25
transferred to the Lake Murray Tourism and Recreation Association to promote Lake Murray.
H.3594 SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAMMING
REPORTS Rep. Chellis
This bill relates to the current Education Finance Act requirement that local school boards and
School Improvement Councils develop an annual district programming report to the parents and
constituents of the school district. This report includes the goals and objectives of the district,
strategies implemented to meet the goals and objectives, and an evaluation of progress and
outcomes. This bill provides that these reports be provided by December 1 of each year rather
than the currently required date of November 15.
H.3584 RESTITUTION FOR JUVENILE
OFFENSES Rep. Cotty
This bill authorizes judges to order restitution in addition to ordering commitment of a juvenile
to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.
H.3585 TORT LIABILITY Rep. Harrison
This bill provides that the South Carolina Tort Claims Act is the exclusive remedy for any tort
committed by a government employee acting within the scope of his official duties. The
provision is to be liberally construed in favor of limited liability with ambiguity to be resolved in
the favor of the government.
H.3586 APPEALS PROCESS Rep.
This bill establishes a two-tiered system for the state's appellate courts in which the Court of
Appeals is charged with the responsibility of deciding most appeals from circuit and family
courts. Certain appeals, such as death sentences, challenges to constitutionality, public utility
rates, etc. are routed directly to the Supreme Court, as specified in statute. The Supreme Court is
positioned to review appeals which involve novel or important issues.
H.3588 CONFIDENTIALITY OF JUVENILE
CRIMINAL RECORDS Rep. Sheheen
This bill removes confidentiality requirements on juvenile criminal records in instances where
the crime involved, if committed by an adult, would carry a penalty of imprisonment for one
year or more. Disclosure of the name, identity, picture, and fingerprints is authorized for a
juvenile charged with such a crime. Such records may not be expunged, with certain exceptions.
H.3591 SOUTH CAROLINA PROPERTY RIGHTS
ACT Rep. Harrison
This bill provides criteria for when state and local laws and regulations which limit the way in
which a property owner may use his land are to be considered a taking which requires
H.3593 VICTIMS OF TERRORISM Rep.
This bill provides that state residents who are victims of terrorism committed outside the United
States may apply for benefits with the Victim's Compensation Fund.
H.3597 INMATE LABOR AND COMPENSATION
This bill requires inmates who are able to work to work at least forty hours a week. Inmates
convicted of nonviolent offenses or in minimum security detention may be assigned to work on
chain gangs. The bill establishes a procedure which the Attorney General may use to secure
reimbursement for inmate care from inmates who have the means to pay. The bill also provides
that inmates may watch only educational television programs.
H.3603 CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND
ABANDONMENT Rep. Allison
This bill broadens the category of individuals who may be held responsible for child
endangerment/abandonment by substituting someone who "is responsible for the care and
support of a child" with someone who "resides in the house of a child, or has recurring access to
a child, or has been given responsibility to care for a child." The bill also makes it unlawful to
place a child in a situation that would likely lead to abandonment.
S.70 JUDICIAL MERIT
SELECTION COMMISSION Sen. McConnell
This bill provides that, a judge or justice must have been reviewed by the Judicial Merit
Selection Commission within two years in order to be eligible for continued service. Unless the judge or justice is being reviewed at the time of expiration of his term, the commission's review
is advisory only and an unfavorable review is not a bar to continued service. In order to be
eligible for appointment to service by the Chief Justice, a retired judge or justice must have been
found qualified to serve by the commission within four, rather than two, years. The bill also
reroutes the appointment process for masters-in-equity such that candidates for vacancies submit
applications to the Judicial Merit Selection Commission who submit reports and
recommendations to the appropriate legislative delegation. The delegation submits its
recommendations to the Governor until such time as a candidate meets with his approval. No
candidate who is found to be not qualified by the commission is eligible to serve as a
S.392 RESTRICTIONS ON
WRITE-IN VOTES Senate Judiciary Committee
This bill provides that an individual who is defeated in a primary or ensuing run-off election is
ineligible to serve in that office as a result of write-in votes. The State Election Commission is
charged with providing notice of this provision at polling places and on absentee ballots.
LABOR, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
H.3602 WORKERS' COMPENSATION FOR
VOLUNTEER FIREMEN Rep. Sheheen
This bill alters the way in which the average weekly wage of volunteer firemen is calculated for
the purpose of determining workers' compensation benefits.
MEDICAL, MILITARY, PUBLIC AND MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
H.3587 OPTICIANS Rep. Quinn
This bill rewrites the provisions of the code relating to opticians to conform the chapter to the
statutory and administrative framework for professional and occupational boards. The bill
includes a provision requiring an optician or apprentice to annually attend a minimum of four
hours of continuing education courses, and states that an optician holding a contact lens license
must obtain one additional hour of continuing education courses or meetings.
WAYS AND MEANS
H.3595 JOINT MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEMS Rep.
This bill amends current law concerning joint municipal water systems and sources of revenue
available to them. The bill broadens the definition of "revenues" in this section to include all
sources of funds which are revenues to the joint system, regardless of the source of the funds,
from any other party obligated to the joint system. The bill expands the current provision that
certain bonds or other obligations of a joint system must be paid solely from revenues of a joint
system, by providing that these obligations may be paid with revenues and other sources of funds
which are available to the joint system. The bill allows members of a joint system to prescribe
additional procedures and requirements for the issuance of any notes or bonds in the bylaws of
the system, and provides that before a joint system may undertake a project which will be
financed (in whole or in part) with bond proceeds, approval must be obtained from the governing
bodies of system members which would be obligated under contract for payment. Current law
provides that such approval must be received from governing bodies of each system member.
The bill also provides that any member county or municipality may pledge all or part of any
revenues derived as payments in lieu of taxes with respect to a project, so long as these are funds
available to the system. A pledge of the full faith, credit or taxing power of any member of the
joint system is prohibited.
H.3601 PRIVATE JOB TRAINING REVIEW
COMMITTEE Rep. Boan
This bill deletes the Private Job Training Review Committee, an appointed private-sector
committee which provides advice on the utilization of short-term adult funding for collaborative
skill training utilizing the technical education system and vocational educational system. The
funds are used for retraining displaced workers and farmers, for upgrading employees to handle
changes in their jobs, and for training the unemployed.
H.3605 PAYMENT OF TAXES WITH
DISHONORED/RETURNED CHECK Rep. Sharpe
This bill allows a county treasurer, his agent, employee, or designee to enforce collection
(pursuant to current law regarding fraudulent checks) of a check that is returned unpaid or is
dishonored for the payment of county or municipal taxes, so long as no person is twice put in
jeopardy for the same offense. The bill provides that county or municipal taxes which remain
unpaid as a result of a check being dishonored or returned unpaid constitute a lien on the
property subject to the tax until the taxes and all penalties, interest and other charges due are
paid in full.
H.3608 SC INCOME TAX DEDUCTIONS Rep.
This bill amends the SC Income Tax Act so as to allow a deduction for individual taxable
income for amounts paid for health insurance premiums by self-employed persons to the extent
that the cost of these premiums was not deducted on the taxpayer's federal income tax return.
H.3611 SC COMPREHENSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE
DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCING
ACT Rep. Boan
This bill enacts the SC Comprehensive Infrastructure Development and Financing Act,
so as to
establish a state program and a unit of state government to be called the Division of Regional
Development (the Division), created within the SC Budget and Control Board to coordinate
infrastructure planning among state, regional, and local units of government; to assist in
development of comprehensive regional infrastructure development plans; and to identify
provide funding and financial assistance for constructing and improving infrastructure.
"Infrastructure" is defined in the bill as the basic facilities, services, and installations needed for
the functioning of government including, but not limited to, water, sewer, communications
systems, highway and transportation. "Infrastructure" as used in this bill does not mean power
delivery systems or health planning and delivery systems. The bill delineates the powers, responsibilities, and functions of the Division in fulfilling its mandate of creating a state
infrastructure plan, coordinating regional infrastructure development plans, and coordinating
state programs and resources that impact or affect infrastructure development.
The bill also creates the State Council for Regional Development, which would assist the
Division in the performance of its duties and which would identify funding, programs and
decisions that affect infrastructure development, and make recommendations concerning these
matters in order that state decision making will be oriented to supporting the creation,
development, and effective implementation of state and regional comprehensive infrastructure
The bill also creates the SC Infrastructure Bank, which would be governed by the Budget and
Control Board and administered by the Division. The purpose of the bank would be to provide
loans and other financial assistance for implementing state and regional comprehensive
infrastructure plans. The bank would be capitalized by federal funds; contributions and donations
from public authorities, government units, and private entities; and all monies paid or credit to
the bank. Dedicated sources of revenue for capitalization of the bank include an annual
contribution set by the board, not to exceed 10% of the state's federal aid highway
apportionments; interest earnings on the state highway fund and the economic development
account; and one cent a gallon of gasoline tax revenues as currently provided in Section
12-28-2720 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, which must be
deposited by the State
Treasurer to the credit of the state highway account of the SC Infrastructure Bank.
The bill requires that every state agency and program that licenses, permits, regulates, or
otherwise sanctions activities related to infrastructure development must determine whether a
respective government regulatory decision would be consistent with state and regional
comprehensive infrastructure development plans.
The bill provides that Regional Councils of Government (the COGs) serve as liaisons between
the Division and the political subdivisions of the state, and the COGs shall develop and submit
regional comprehensive infrastructure development plans to the Division, and shall assist and
coordinate the political subdivisions in the development of these plans. The Regional COGs shall
assist the Division in coordinating, developing, and implementing a coordinated and
comprehensive infrastructure development plan for the State, utilizing activities which are
suggested within, but not limited by, the bill.
The bill establishes review criteria which would determine eligible projects for funding, subject
to the review and approval of the Joint Bond Review Committee. The bill requires that the
infrastructure bank submit an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly, and
provides for an annual independent audit of the bank.
H.3596 SERVICE CREDIT/SC RETIREMENT
SYSTEM Rep. McLeod
This bill increases from 90 to 180 the number of days of a SC Retirement System member's
unused sick leave that are added to the credited service of a member otherwise eligible to retire.
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SUMMARY OF 1997-98 APPROPRIATION BILL
AS PASSED BY THE HOUSE
Prepared by the House Ways and Means Committee
Public Education and Special Schools
- Education Finance Act and related fringe benefits funded at over $1 billion dollars ($63.2
million additional in FY 1997-98).
- Base Student Cost up 4.5% to $1,839 (3.2% inflation and 1.3% catchup)
- Weighted pupil unit projection up 8,900 over prior year.
- Southeastern Teacher's Salary Average of $33,547 (2.43% increase) exceeded by
- Implementation of full day kindergarten continues with funding of $30.2 million. Additionally
school districts are authorized to use EIA Academic Assistance funds to implement and operate
their full day kindergarten programs
- $1.8 million to cover school district 1995-96 EFA shortfall.
- Increased fuel costs and bus parts funded with $1.9 million.
- Bus driver salaries funded at 2.5%.
- Instructional materials (textbooks) funded at $30.7 million.
- Funding for "Hold Harmless" fringe benefits authorized in the amount of $8.5
- New school Board Member orientation to improved accountability, educational
improvement, policy development, district finances, and community relations was funded
at a cost of $10,000.
- Technology funding in excess of $27.3 million dollars was recommended.
- Funding to increase high school diploma requirements from 20 credits to 24 credits
freshmen students beginning school year 1997-98 was approved in the amount of $4.2
- $3 million was approved for new Superior Academic Achievement Diploma. Students
who receive this diploma will receive a $500 scholarship for attendance at a public or
private South Carolina institution of higher learning.
- Adult Education budget now exceeds $10 million.
- Competitive Teacher Grants increased by $200,000 to $1,420,000.
- National Board Certification funding ($2,000 fee and $2,000 bonus) was approved
successful completion by teachers of the certification process of the National Board.
- South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind was funded an additional $1.25
for a fire safety system and to update equipment and facilities.
- John de la Howe was funded an additional $129,786 for youth counselors.
- The Governor's School for the Arts was funded an additional $1 million for
A total of $68 million was recommended for higher education, which includes the
- $18 million in new dollars, approximately a three percent increase over last year's
budget. Of the $18.5 million, 75% will go to formula funding based on a CHE-approved
allocation plan to equalize the percent of the funding that each institution receives
(parity). The formula for all institutions is funded at about 71%. The institutions'
percent of formula ranges from 65.6% to 79.7%. Approximately $4.6 million, or 25% of
the new money, goes to performance funding which rewards institutions for meeting
goals and outcomes as set by the Legislature. This is considered the most ambitious
performance funding plan in the nation for higher education institutions.
- $33.7 million in annualizations for the formula from last year.
- Proviso to require Chem-Nuclear to increase funding above estimated level for
scholarships and grants to $22 million in 96-97, $23 million in 97-98, and
$24 million in
98-99. (Estimate had been reduced to $18 million for 96-97 and $17 million for 97-98
- $900,000 to maintain the current level of grants awards by the Higher Education
- $2.5 million match for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Research (EPSCoR)
which is used to attract the best scientists and engineers to SC.
- $5 million for Tech Special Schools - a partnership between business and higher
education as well as $2 million for essential equipment needs to train S.C. workers for
new and expanding industries.
- $600,000 match for the SC Alliance for Minority Participation (SCAMP).
- $777,500 for the Citadel to create and maintain a coeducational program.
- $1.8 million for the renovation of the Calhoun Mansion at Clemson.
- $2.5 million for the USC Sports Arena in Columbia, as well as $400,000
for the Law
Library to help maintain accreditation, and $500,000 for the Institute for Public Affairs.
- $1,000,000 to help complete the renovations of the Sims Science Building at
- $400,000 for SC Tuition Prepayment Program.
Health and Human Services
An increase of $71,669,661 in General Funds is recommended for the eight health and human
services agencies assigned to the subcommittee. These funds can be matched with federal funds
- Vocational Rehabilitation did not request additional funds, however an additional
federally funded positions are included for the Disability Determination Program as
recommended by the B&C Board. This program is a contract with the Social Security
Administration which has urged the agency to hire these personnel to render timely
decisions on these claims.
- Department of Health and Human Services - a total increase of $39,025,238 is
All of these funds except for $4.8 million are for annualizing non-recurring funds, growth
in the number of persons covered by the Medicaid program, increases for hospitals and
nursing homes as required by state and federal law, and to maintain services at the
These funds will be matched with Medicaid totaling $91,579,196 for a grand total of
$130,604,434 in state and federal funds for programs under the Cabinet Department of
Health and Human Services. Some of the items included are:
$4.9 million to annualize non-recurring funds received this year.
$9.4 million for client growth for next year (a 27,182 increase over 600,974 eligible
persons). This maintains Medicaid services for AFDC recipients for up to 24 months
$4.7 million for hospital rebase which is calculated to be 4% (Medical Care CPI index). State law 44-6-140 and federal law requires hospital rates to be rebased every two years.
$4.8 million for a change in the match rate to maintain current services for next year.
$5 million for nursing home cost rebase as required by federal law (Boren Amendment).
$3 million is recommended for an increase in payments for residential care programs.
$2 million for "Partners for Healthy Children" in cooperation with several hospitals. This provides health care for children from ages 6 through 18 whose families have income less
than 133% of the poverty level.
$2 million for 181 additional nursing home beds (700 on the waiting list).
$500,000 for 278 additional community long term care slots (3,500 on the waiting list).
- DHEC - an increase of $4,350,000 for immunizations and local grants.
- Department of Mental Health - $4,600,355 for the following:
$1.6 million to annualize funding for two residential programs for mentally ill juveniles.
$500,000 for services for children and adolescents.
$1 million for a pilot project to test the effectiveness of a new class of drugs to treat
persons in the community, and to avoid expensive hospitalizations and
$1.5 million for Community Mental Health Centers.
- Department of Disabilities and Special Needs - $6,259,590 is recommended for:
$1.9 million is recommended to annualize funding for community support programs.
$1.2 million is for a state match change in Medicaid funding.
$2.1 million is to replace a loss of Social Services Block Grant funding.
$470,000 is recommended to respond to most critical situations.
$552,000 is recommended for research equipment.
These funds can be matched with Medicaid funds totaling $12,550,282.
- Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services - $300,000 is
to annualize funding for "The Bridge" program which provides services to adolescents
released from DJJ.
- Department of Social Services - $17,000,000 is recommended.
$2 million to annualize funding of programs for the Family Independence Act.
$12 million to annualize programs for emotionally disturbed children.
An increase of $3 million is recommended for adoption subsidy payments and foster care
- Commission for the Blind - An increase of $134,478 is recommended for an
analyst, data coordinator, special radios for the blind, and contractual services for the
development of instructional programs for the blind.
Economic Development, Environment and Natural Resources
- Department of Archives and History: A total increase of $6,128,252 is
$5.6 million for the completion of the S.C. History Center. Additional funding is
recommended for moving into the S.C. History Center, operating expenses and
microfilming historical county records.
- S.C. State Library: The House of Representatives recommends $663,498 in
and non-recurring funds for the S.C. State Library. Of this amount $173,892 in recurring
dollars is recommended to increase per capita aid to county libraries from $1.35 to $1.40.
- Arts Commission: An increase of $540,000 is recommended in recurring and
non-recurring funds to support the state's arts and cultural industry. Of these recommended
funds, $60,000 will be used to purchase and equip one new studio van in the Mobile Arts
- S.C. State Museum Commission: The House of Representatives recommends
for rental of food service space, public information and marketing and to employ a
Curator of Art.
- DHEC-EQC: The House of Representatives recommends $2,000,000 for beach
renourishment. The eroded areas include segments of Hilton Head Island shoreline, all of
Hunting Island State Park, northern Sullivans Island, all of Pawleys Island and several
unincorporated public beaches. However, DHEC will select the beach renourishment
projects as set forth in Regulation 30-20.
- Forestry Commission: $175,000 (recurring) is recommended for the Forestry
Warden Technician Training Program and $50,000 (non-recurring) is recommended for field
office computer equipment. The H. Cooper Black Field Trial Area base was reduced by
- Department of Agriculture: The House of Representatives recommends $194,000
for operating expenses, installation of a Local Area Network, and repairs to a farmers market.
- Clemson-PSA: $2,600,000 non-recurring funds is recommend of which $2,000,000
for the Agri-Systems Productivity and Profitability Program, also known as the 2x4
Initiative. $500,000 is for repairs to deteriorating buildings at the Long Leadership
- Department of Natural Resources: The House of Representatives recommends
$1,928,250 in recurring and non-recurring funds. $900,000 is recommended for the
replacement of law enforcement vehicles. Other items funded include the Walhalla Fish
Hatchery, agency-wide maintenance and the aquatic plan management program.
- Parks, Recreation and Tourism: In recurring funds, reduced Department of Parks,
Recreation and Tourism's base by $1.2 million. PRT now operates on revenues earned,
except for certain pass through appropriations. $25,000 is recommended for U.S. Youth
Games and $50,000 is recommended for Palmetto Trials.
- Department of Commerce: $1.4 million for economic development is
recommended. This funding will aid the Department of Commerce with trade development in
markets and assist the agency in restoring part of its advertising budget.
- 2.5% pay increase to Chief Justice, Associate Justices, Court of Appeals Judges,
Court Judges, and Family Court Judges effective November 1, 1997
- Three new circuit court judges and three new family court judges to start May 17,
- Judicial Circuit State Support for Solicitors at $1.93 per capita (same as Governor's
- Auto insurance enforcement fund in Department of Public Safety to effectively
law as it pertains to uninsured motorists
- $3 million recommended for DMV Computer Upgrade at the Department of Public
- Kershaw annualization in Department of Corrections of $15,521,028
- Department of Juvenile Justice annualizations associated with CCA contract,
wilderness, Upstate Center, and JCO pay total $17,088,934
- Part II increasing civil filing fee by $15 to provide free civil legal assistance to indigent
South Carolinians in response to Federal grant reductions and declining interest rates on
South Carolina Bar Foundation's Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA)
- Part II allowing Director of Department of Corrections to explore various
regarding construction and operations of state correctional facilities
- Part II providing for the manner in which a retired judge/justice must elect to practice law
or to be eligible for appointment by the Chief Justice as a judge/justice in the courts of
this State (Makes only election to practice law irrevocable)
- Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation:
(1) Part II, Section 2 - Shifts the Fire and Life Safety Division to other funds. The
division will now be funded using fifty percent of the revenues from the 1% Fire
Insurance Premium Tax. The amount is capped for FY 1997-98 at the level of operating
expenditures. This will allow the Fire Academy to continue to support itself using earned
revenues, insure that the self-sufficiency of the Academy will not be hindered by budget
cuts, and continue the trend of reducing fire deaths through public fire education. This
also diminishes the likelihood of fee increases to municipal, county, or volunteer fire
departments for essential training.
(2) Part II, Section 29 - Provides $175,000 in recurring funds (again from the 1% Fire
Insurance Premium Tax) for the Department to implement a training, certification, and
continuing education program for building codes enforcement officers in light of pending
legislation (S. 236) on statewide building codes. The Department must report to the
Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees as to actual costs of the program.
- The Workers' Compensation Commission was given $28,812 to fill a vacant
in their Judicial Department, which will assist the Judicial Department in reviewing and
assigning cases within 60 days as required by a new state law enacted in 1996. The
committee also approved a proviso allowing the Commission to retain revenue from
Self-Insurance Application fees totaling approximately $15,000 annually to assist with the
operation of the Self Insurance Division.
- $63,500 in non-recurring funds were appropriated to the Human Affairs
allow the Commission to install a local area network, which will improve office
efficiencies by facilitating the sharing of information among users.
Legislative, Executive and Local Government
- $105.5 million for property tax relief for those with homes valued less than
$100,000. The total relief is increased from $213.5 million to $234.8 million for FY 97-98. The
$234.5 will be placed in a trust fund.
- $26.8 million for the Local Government Funding Formula. This provides a total of
$195.5 million for the Local Government Fund.
- $24.7 million for a 2% base pay increase with a cap of $1,000 for state employees
effective July 16, 1997, $13 million to annualize the pay increase given in October of this
year (FY 96-97) and $1.5 million for health and dental premiums for new retirees.
- $24.5 million for Debt Service which includes an increase of $5 million and the
annualization of $19.5 million.
- $5.3 million provides for the first of a 4 year phase-in for increasing the maximum
depreciation rate on manufactures' equipment and machinery from 80% to 90%. A
trust fund is created.
- $3.4 million to maintain the General Reserve Fund at 3% of the prior year's actual
revenue for a total of $130.4 million.
- $2.2 million to maintain the Capital Reserve Fund at 2% of the latest completed
year's actual revenue for a total reserve of $86.9 million.
- $1.4 million for Homestead Exemption growth, and placement of the total of $51.2
million in a trust fund for tax relief.
- $2.5 million for the last of a 5 year payment on the Catawba Indian Settlement.
- Funds of $625,000 are provided to match Federal Funds for Hurricane Fran and
$250,000 for counties to revise their property tax bills.
- $5 million to complete the State House renovation project.
- $4.2 million for the Infrastructure Revolving Loan Fund and $2.5 million for
- $2.2 million for the Election Commission for the 1998 statewide primaries and the
special election (reapportionment), including $117,000 for operations.
- $723,500 provides for the matching of Federal funds for the Adjutant General -
- $400,000 for the Statewide Performance Audit with a matching requirement for
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