May 13, 1997
Vol. 14, No. 17
South Carolina House of Representatives
David H. Wilkins, Speaker of the House
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Legislative Update, May 13, 1997
WEEK IN REVIEW
The House discussed at length, amended, and gave third reading to
H.3786 which authorizes a
judge or magistrate who has obtained a permit to carry a concealable weapon anywhere while
carrying out the duties of his office.
The House amended and gave third reading to H.3862
which enacts recommendations from the
Governor's Juvenile Justice Task Force. The bill authorizes the Department of Juvenile Justice
establish a prison industries system. All funds collected by DJJ from the sale of articles
in industry system must be used to defray the necessary expenses or operating the program and
pay the salaries of personnel involved in the program and the wages of juveniles employed. Out
of the wages paid to juveniles, the following must be deducted (with total deductions not to
exceed eighty percent of gross wages): (1) state, federal and local taxes, (2) child support
where applicable, (3) funds for the compensation of victims, in an amount comprising no more
than twenty percent and no less than five percent of gross wages. Of this victim compensation
money, ninety-five percent must be used to compensate the victim(s) of the juvenile's crime and
five percent must be submitted to the SC Victim's Compensation Fund. The Juvenile Parole
Board is authorized to determine the conditions for parole for juveniles transferred from DJJ to
another state agency due to mental illness or mental retardation requiring specialized care. Before
the juvenile may be released from the agency providing appropriate care, that agency must
a request to the Juvenile Parole Board and obtain the board's approval. The bill also authorizes
the Juvenile Parole Board to conduct parole hearings via two-way closed circuit television.
The House amended and gave third reading to H.3852
which authorizes the chartering of state
savings banks. An institution newly chartered as a state savings bank or an institution which
converts to a state savings bank would have, as primary regulators, the State Board of Financial
Institutions and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Thrift institutions which
currently operate in South Carolina under a federal charter could, through conversion to a state
savings bank, escape the plenary regulatory authority of the federal Office of Thrift Supervision
(OTS), which preempts all conflicting state law. The state savings bank charter is offered as an
option which might enhance local control for banking resources in the midst of the trend towards
consolidation and large multi-state banking conglomerates. The bill affords South Carolina
savings banks parity with federal institutions in terms of investments and activities permitted.
The House gave third reading to several other measures:
H.3780, as amended, revises criteria for arson in the
second, and third degree, and raises
penalties for arson in the first and second degrees. The crime of arson in the second degree is
expanded such that includes not simply the burning of dwelling houses and local and municipal
buildings, but also the burning of a church or place of worship, an organized school building, a
manufacturing plant or warehouse, a building where business is conducted, an institutional
or any structure designed for human occupancy. Arson in the third degree is expanded to
not only buildings, but any structure, vehicle, vessel, craft, or personal property.
H.3945, as amended, provides for a workers'
compensation insurance discount of at least five
percent for employers who participate in a drug prevention program designed to prevent the use
of drugs or alcohol by employees on the job. The Insurance Director is authorized to set
qualifications for and certify the drug prevention programs eligible for the discount. The
qualifications set by the Insurance Director shall be used by the workers' compensation carrier,
unless the carrier has established its own guidelines. Employees must be notified of drug
prevention programs implemented by employers. Substance abuse testing and other information
related to prevention programs must be confidential and is inadmissable in a criminal
proceeding. Discounts must provided in policies issued on or after October 1, 1997.
S. 236, as amended, requires counties and municipalities
adopt the latest version of national,
regional, or model building codes and establishes a procedure by which a political subdivision
apply for a temporary exemption. The bill creates functions, duties, and registration for building
code enforcement officers and specifies the sources of funding for implementing training,
certification, and continuing education for these officers.
H.3547 eliminates the authority of clerks of court and
mayors to sell confiscated or forfeited
weapons by public auction. Law enforcement departments are authorized to destroy confiscated
or forfeited weapons. Law enforcement departments are authorized to trade confiscated weapons
with a licensed retail dealer for pistols or other equipment approved by the agency. A pistol or
other handgun which has been seized for reason that it has a metal alloy frame or receiver which
melts at a temperature of less than 800 degrees Fahrenheit may not be utilized by a law
enforcement department, but must, instead, be destroyed or displayed after the weapon has been
H.3369, as amended, provides that an individual under
the age of twenty-one who purchases or
possesses alcohol as an undercover agent for state or local law enforcement must not be charged
with the violation.
H.3549 authorizes local governments to make use of
collection procedures for fraudulent checks
when such checks are written for payment of local taxes.
S.577, as amended, this joint resolution authorizes the
Department of Social Services to establish,
in one region of the state, a pilot child protective services program which allows less serious
to be diverted to an assessment track rather than following normal protocol.
S.38, as amended, provides that the SC Highway Patrol
shall transfer the service sidearm of an
active duty trooper killed in the line of duty to the trooper's surviving spouse once the sidearm
has been rendered permanently inoperable.
S.157, as amended, amends current law concerning
application of the federal Internal Revenue
Code to State tax law by updating the reference whereby South Carolina adopts provisions
Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
S.188, as amended, provides that if any entity
in the state health and dental insurance
plans is delinquent in remitting proper payments to cover its obligations, the Office of Insurance
Services of the State Budget and Control Board shall certify the delinquency to the department
agency of the State holding funds payable to the delinquent entity, and that department or agency
shall withhold from those funds an amount sufficient to satisfy the unpaid obligation.
S.343, as amended, provides that property being
sold for delinquent taxes may be auctioned at
buildings other than the courthouse and specifies that payment for the property must be by cash,
cashier's check, certified check, or money order.
S.226, as amended, pertains to first offenses (with certain
exceptions) in magistrate's or municipal
court and allows an individual to have his criminal record expunged after three years (rather than
the current one year) from the date of conviction even if the conviction occurred prior to June 1,
1992, the effective date of the pertinent code section.
S.56, as amended, provides that "Register of Mesne
Conveyances" means "Register of Deeds"
whenever it appears in the code. The Code Commissioner is directed to make the substitution in
a timely, cost-effective manner.
S.479, as amended, amends several sections of the state's
coastal fisheries laws.
S.106 authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to
issue permits for marine life holding and
propagation facilities if the marine life is used for experimental or scientific purposes. The bill
also allows horseshoe crabs to be held in facilities approved by the department.
S.358, as amended, amends the chapter concerning
optometrists to make it conform to the
statutory and administrative framework established for professional and occupational boards.
S.359, as amended, rewrites the practice act for long term
health care administrators to make it
conform to the administrative framework established for professional and occupational boards.
S.269, as amended, conforms the State Board of Barber
Examiners statute with the uniform
administrative framework established for professional and occupational licensing boards. The
also provides that a barber licensed in another state or country with licensing requirements which
meet or exceed those of this state must show proof that he has at least one year of experience
(rather than the current two years) in that jurisdiction in order to obtain a certificate of
registration to practice in this state.
S.446, as amended, relates to Regional Transportation
Authorities, changing each reference of
"city" to "municipality."
The House refused to concur in Senate amendments to:
H.3065 which pertains to the molesting or killing bald
The House concurred in Senate amendments on the following bills and
enrolled them for
H.3135 allows an authenticated photograph of fish,
or wildlife to be used as competent
evidence of the wildlife or fish in any proceeding.
H.3169 conforms the Real Estate Commission to the
uniform administrative framework for
professional and occupational licensing boards established in 1996. The bill makes various other
revisions, such as expanding duties for "brokers-in-charge" and establishing minimum
requirements for initial licensure as a real estate salesman.
The following bills were also enrolled for ratification:
S.619 amends the SC Sales and Use Tax Act to
include sales of tangible personal property to
veterinarians in the definition of "retail sale." The bill provides that veterinarians are deemed to
the users or consumers of the property whether used in the rendering of professional services or
sold outright as part of the veterinary practice and not furnished as a part of the professional
S.135 provides that property in which the occupant has an
interest pursuant to an installment
contract for sale with the US Department of Veterans Affairs is eligible for the assessment ratio
currently provided to certain legal residences pursuant to SC Code of Laws, Section
12-43-220(c), and is eligible for general ad valorem property tax exemptions, the
to taxpayers 65 or over or those totally and permanently disabled or legally blind, and the
homestead exemption provided under current law, so long as the additional requirements for
exemptions, other than the ownership requirements, are also met.
1997- 98 GENERAL APPROPRIATION BILL
The Senate spent the greater part of the week completing work on the 1997-98 General
Appropriation Bill. Under Senate Rule 24B, any part, section, or division or any
any part, section, or division of a general appropriation bill which amends, adds or repeals a
portion of the general permanent laws of South Carolina may only be included upon a vote of 2/3
of the Senators present and voting. General and temporary provisions having force and effect for
a fiscal year are exceptions to this rule. Part II highlights of the Senate-passed budget bill
* A proviso exempting from property tax the fair market value of all private passenger motor
vehicles and trucks which are under a certain weight and are registered to an individual for
personal use, with the exemption to be phased in over an eight year period;
* A proviso creating an eight member (4 House appointees, 4 Senate appointees) committee to
make a study of the reimbursement distribution issue for the residential property tax exemption
and to make recommendations for a formula beginning with reimbursement distributions for the
1998 property tax year. The proviso repeals the existing formula for tax years after 1997.
* A proviso providing an income tax deduction for citizens over age 65, phased in over five
beginning with 1997 ($11,500 deduction) and increasing annually to reach a maximum
of $50,000 (after the year 2000).
* A proviso establishing the SC Tuition Prepayment Program, which allows a person (the
"contributor") to contract with the program for the advance payment by the contributor of
undergraduate tuition at a fixed, guaranteed level for a designated beneficiary to attend a public
educational institution of higher learning in South Carolina or to another educational institution
higher learning that may be included in the proviso, to which the designated beneficiary is
* A proviso requiring that, beginning with the graduating class of school year 2000-2001, and
thereafter, the number of units required for a high school diploma is increased from 20 to 24;
specifies what units must be earned.
* A proviso creating the Palmetto Best High School Diploma, to be awarded to high
graduates who meet certain specified criteria. Students who receive this diploma and who score a
composite score of at least 1100 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test will also receive a $500
scholarship to attend any institution of higher education in South Carolina.
* A proviso imposing a contingent license tax on operators of licensed low-level radioactive
disposal sites to cover shortfalls in the scholarships portion of the Children's Education
* A proviso increasing the filing fee for civil actions by $15 with 56% of the total fee to be
remitted to the State Treasurer, and to be distributed as follows: 45.03% to the state general fund;
10.33% to the Department of Mental Health to be used for the treatment and rehabilitation of
drug addicts within the department's addiction center facilities; 6.38% to the State Office of
Victim Assistance; and 38.26% to the Defense of Indigents Per Capita Fund.
* A proviso authorizing a county legislative delegation to abolish the county transportation
committee and devolve its powers and duties on the governing body of the county; provides that
this devolution may be reversed and the county transportation committee reestablished by a
subsequent delegation resolution.
* A proviso stating that, for those offices which are elected in a joint assembly of the General
Assembly, in order to be elected and qualified to take office, a candidate must receive a majority
of the votes cast by members of the House and a majority of votes cast by members of the
* A proviso relating to the SC Code section which provides that gambling offenses are not
applicable to coin-operated nonpayout machines with a free play feature, by providing, among
other things, that this provision does not prohibit regulation of these machines, including their
prohibition, pursuant to the Video Games Machines Act and its county option provisions.
* A proviso adding two members to the board of the Patriot's Point Development Authority - one
Senator representing Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties, and one member appointed
by the Speaker of the House upon the recommendation of the members of the House of
Representatives representing these counties. The proviso also requires that the Senate Finance
Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee each shall conduct a study of the transfer
of the powers, duties, assets, and responsibilities of the Patriot's Point Development Authority to
the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism and report the fiscal and other impacts of a
devolvement to their respective bodies.
* A proviso enacting the "SC Comprehensive Infrastructure Development Act,"
state program to coordinate infrastructure planning among state, regional, and local units of
government, to assist in development of comprehensive regional infrastructure development
and identify and provide funding and financial assistance for constructing and improving
(NOTE: H.3665, the House-passed infrastructure
legislation, was reported out favorable with
amendments, with a minority unfavorable, from the Senate Transportation Committee last week. The bill, which is significantly different from the House-passed version, is on the Senate
for second reading.)
Other highlights of the Senate budget bill include a provision for a state employee pay increase
2.5%, effective July 1. The House plan provides a 2% increase, effective July 16, with a
maximum increase of $1,000. Also, the Senate bill uses surplus funds to help pay for
of the homeowner's property tax relief plan, which the House funded almost totally from base
Other Senate Action
The Senate Transportation Committee reported favorable with amendment on
provides for the issuance of special license plates for members of the Sons of Confederate
Veterans. The committee's recommended amendment strikes the entirety of the bill and inserts a
provision that a specialized license plate may be developed for an organization if three hundred
more applications for the license are received. The special plates may be issued only to certified
members of the organizations and the plate must be issued or revalidated for a biennial period
which expires 24 months from the month it is issued.
The Senate gave third reading to H.3807, which revises
the open season for taking antlered deer
in Game Zones 1, 2, and 4 and provides that the Department of Natural Resources has the
authority to establish the methods for hunting and taking of deer and to set restrictions on
and taking deer. The bill has been enrolled for ratification.
The Senate also gave third reading to S.634, which
establishes the Youth Industries Program
within the Department of Juvenile Justice. This bill is summarized in this issue of the
Update under the "Bills Introduced" section (Judiciary Committee).
EDUCATION AND PUBLIC WORKS
The Education and Public Works Committee reported favorably on
S.594. This bill provides that
an authorized police patrol bicycle used as a part of a police bicycle patrol may exercise the
privileges of an emergency vehicle as provided in the Uniform Act Regulating Traffic on
Highways (Section 56-5-760, SC Code of Laws). The bill also provides that such a bicycle
be equipped with a siren or the officer may use a whistle, and that an authorized police patrol
bicycle acting as an emergency vehicle is entitled to the exemptions of an authorized emergency
vehicle if it meets certain requirements.
The Judiciary Committee reported out seventeen bills.
The Committee gave a report of favorable with amendment to several bills.
H.3094 makes it a
felony to assault an emergency medical service provider, firefighter, or home health care
provider. An amendment provides that an offense is punishable with a prison term of up to ten years
a fine of not less than one thousand dollars and not more than ten thousand dollars.
H.3369 provides that an individual under the age of twenty-one who purchases or possesses alcohol as
undercover agent for state or local law enforcement must not be charged with the violation. S.267 raises the civil penalty (from twenty dollars to two
hundred dollars) which the court must
impose upon an individual who is duly drawn and summoned to attend as a juror, but who,
without sufficient excuse, fails to attend. The civil penalty for unexcused nonattendance for jury
duty in a magistrate's court is raised from ten dollars to two hundred dollars. Additionally, the
bill enhances a magistrate's ability to punish contempt in his courtroom, authorizing him to
impose fines up to five hundred dollars and imprisonment up to thirty days (currently, a
of twenty dollars/ twelve hours). H.3774 converts the
existing maximum time limits for
imprisonment for violations of resisting a law enforcement officer into mandatory minimum
sentences. The bill provides that an individual who resists a law enforcement officer while using
weapon is guilty of a felony and subject to a fine of not less than five thousand dollars and not
more than twenty thousand dollars or a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years.
designates the taking of a hostage by an inmate as a violent crime, a most serious offense, and
Class A, rather than a Class C, Felony. Amendments provide that an individual convicted of
assault upon a state or local corrections facility employee performing job-related duties must
serve a mandatory minimum sentence of not less than six months nor more than five years (must
be served consecutively to any other sentence). Amendments provide that it is a felony for an
inmate to throw bodily fluids at state or local corrections personnel, punishable with up to fifteen
years imprisonment (to be served consecutively). Amendments revise penalties for inmate
escapes, or attempted escapes, providing a one year minimum for the prescribed prison sentence. Amendments provide that it is unlawful for the employee of a state or local corrections facility to
have sexual intercourse with an inmate of that facility.
H.3690 provides that canines certified to
work with law enforcement officers or fire personnel must be allowed, at no additional charge, to
stay overnight with such officials in public accommodations while on official business. Police
fire departments are liable for damage done by canines. Managers of places of public
accommodation must receive advance notice in nonemergency situations. Those who will not
allow certified canines to stay with officers are subject to a civil fine not to exceed one hundred
dollars. H.3908 provides that the sale of property in
instances of delinquent taxes may take place
in areas in the county other than the county courthouse, and provides other specifications for
notifying the current owner of record of the impending sale.
H.3917 provides that public
corporations may include restrictions or conditions that limit the transfer or receipt of rights,
options, or warrants by the owner of a number of, or percentage of, the outstanding voting shares
of the public corporation. S.340 increases the fine for
a false tax returns for the purpose of
delay, and requires award of damages by the administrative law judge rather than the circuit
for frivolous or dilatory proceedings. The bill revises penalties for supplying false withholding
information to an employer and for filing of a false exemption certificate. Amendments provide
that it is unlawful for a public official, public member, or public employee to examine, or aid and
abet in the examination of, a tax return, a worker's compensation record, health and medical
treatment records, social services records, or other such information within access of public
departments or agencies, if the purpose of that examination is to obtain information about the
individual unrelated to carrying out the official duties of the official, member, or employee. An
individual convicted of a violation must be immediately removed from his position, fined up to
five thousand dollars and/or imprisoned for up to five years, and compelled to reimburse the
of prosecution. Amendments also prohibit the use of force or threats of force against an officer
employee of the Department of Revenue acting in the course of employment. A violation is
punishable with a fine of not more than five thousand dollars and/or imprisonment of not more
than five years.
The Committee gave a majority favorable with amendments, minority unfavorable report to
which provides that in instances where deadlines for filing statements of intention of candidacy
primaries or notices and pledges of candidacy should fall on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal
the statement, notice, or pledge must be filed on the next day which is not a Saturday, Sunday, or
The Committee gave favorable reports to seven other bills.
H.3713 provides that alimony is
terminated upon the continued cohabitation of the supported spouse.
S.133 adds a solicitor or
assistant solicitor to the list of individuals authorized to initiate involuntary admission of a
with mental retardation or a related disability to the Department of Disabilities and Special
Needs. H.3891 provides when a deed recording fee is owed by
the grantees and clarifies certain
exemptions from the recording fee. H.3916 prohibits the
purchase, barter, or trade of unlawfully
taken marine products. Penalties are provided. H.3715,
The Shooting Range Protection Act,
provides restrictions on when owners of property located near a shooting range may bring
nuisance actions for noise for pre-existing, newly-constructed, and restarted shooting ranges. County and municipal noise control ordinances may not restrict shooting activities on a range
which was established before enactment of the ordinance or in compliance with a previous noise
control ordinance. These restrictions do not apply to expansion of activity at a shooting range. H.3547 and H.3549 were also reported out of committee and passed by the
full House last week.
The Committee tabled H.3844 which provides that
employees of the Department of Public Safety
providing services to the Department of Juvenile Justice must be commissioned as state
LABOR, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
The full Labor, Commerce and Industry Commitee did not meet last week.
MEDICAL, MILITARY, PUBLIC AND MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
The Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee approved a joint resolution that
reauthorizes the existence of the Department of Health and Environmental Control's Health
WAYS AND MEANS
The Ways and Means Committee recommitted H.3545,
which repeals current law stating that if a
taxpayer or his agent pays property taxes in error, or the payment is erroneously credited, the
treasurer shall credit the amount paid against the actual liability of the taxpayer for the tax year
question. The committee gave a favorable recommendation, with amendments, to
joint resolution provides that, with respect to employment security contributions, each employer
subject to the provisions of Title 41 (Labor and Employment) of the Code of Laws of SC, 1976,
as amended, is required to pay for the period of January 1, 1998 through December 31, 1998 at a
contribution rate equal to 50% of the contribution rate determined for the period January 1, 1997
through December 31, 1997. The resolution expires December 31, 1998. The committee
recommended an amendment providing that instead of reducing employer contributions by
one-half, employer contribution rates will be set for one year (1998) using Schedule B rather
Schedule D, which reduces the rate that employers with a positive balance in the Unemployment
Compensation Trust Fund must pay. This means that 9% of SC employers who have a negative
balance in the fund would get a rate reduction. The committee also amended the bill by creating
the Unemployment Insurance Study Committee, which would examine present unemployment
rate structure and provide recommendations for modifying the current taxable wages,
rates, and fund balances so that the Trust Fund has adequate funds to meet future unemployment
benefits needs in the event of an economic slowdown. The committee voted to make
The committee gave a favorable report with amendment to
H.4060. This bill amends the SC
Income Tax Act by requiring that the Department of Revenue provide for and offer, at the
election of the taxpayer, a process for direct deposit to the account of the taxpayer of an income
tax refund due to the taxpayer because of income tax overpayment. The committee
an amendment to the bill requiring that the department absorb the costs of implementation so that
there will be no fiscal impact.
The committee also gave a favorable report to S.622. This
joint resolution authorizes the
Department of Public Safety to retain and expend the motor carrier registration fees for fiscal
1996-97. Motor carrier registration fees were retained and expended by the Public Service
Commission prior to restructuring to support transportation-related enforcement programs. This
authorization was previously provided for in provisos which were deleted in the 1996-97
Appropriations Act. With the deletion of the provisos, and the deposit of the collected motor
carrier registration fees into the General Fund, the Department of Public Safety has no
or appropriated funds available to pay the transferred Public Safety Commission employees who
now work for the Department of Public Safety.
EDUCATION AND PUBLIC WORKS
H.4112 UNIFORM GRADING SYSTEM FOR PUBLIC
SCHOOLS Rep. J. Brown
This bill adds to the powers and responsibilities of the State Board of Education (the Board) by
providing that by school year 1998-99, the Board shall establish a uniform grading system to be
used by all public schools in South Carolina, with authorization to permit variations in grading
between elementary and secondary schools and in other instances where variation is necessary
to curriculum differences.
H.4113 SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS
This bill provides that a school district superintendent in South Carolina is prohibited from
receiving any supplement or other consideration from any nongovernmental source for the
performance of his duties. The bill also provides that any person who accepts, or any person
offers, such compensation is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, will be fined a
maximum of $5,000, or imprisoned for a maximum of one year, or both.
H.4115 CRITERIA IN PUBLIC
This bill provides that race, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin may not be used as criteria
for discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to individuals or groups in public
employment, public education and public contracting.
S.195 SEALING OF VOTE RECORDERS Sen.
This bill eliminates a provision which requires a poll manager to furnish each vote recorder a
for sealing the vote recorder after the polls are closed.
H.4117 LOSS OF PARENTAL CONSORTIUM Rep.
This bill provides that a child who is seventeen years of age or younger or a permanently
handicapped or incapacitated child may maintain an action for damages arising from an
or tortious interference of the parent-child relationship caused by a severe, serious, and
physical or mental injury to the parent. To maintain such an action, the child must have been
dependent upon the parent for economic, emotional, and societal support before and at the time
of the tortious interference of the relationship.
S.634 JUVENILE JUSTICE Sen. Thomas
This bill enacts recommendations from the Governor's Juvenile Justice Task Force. The bill
authorizes the Department of Juvenile Justice to establish a prison industries system. All funds
collected by DJJ from the sale of articles produced in industry system must be used to defray the
necessary expenses or operating the program and pay the salaries of personnel involved in the
program and the wages of juveniles employed. The Committee amendment specifies that out of
the wages paid to juveniles, the following must be deducted (with total deductions not to exceed
eighty percent of gross wages): (1) state, federal and local taxes, (2) child support monies, where
applicable, (3) funds for the compensation of victims, in an amount comprising no more than
twenty percent and no less than five percent of gross wages. Of this victim compensation
ninety-five percent must be used to compensate the victim(s) of the juvenile's crime and five
percent must be submitted to the SC Victim's Compensation Fund. The Juvenile Parole Board is
authorized to determine the conditions for parole for juveniles transferred from DJJ to another
state agency due to mental illness or mental retardation requiring specialized care. Before the
juvenile may be released from the agency providing appropriate care, that agency must submit a
request to the Juvenile Parole Board and obtain the board's approval. The bill also authorizes the
Juvenile Parole Board to conduct parole hearings via two-way closed circuit television.
LABOR, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
H.4127 CALCULATION OF AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE
COMPENSATION Rep. Kirsh
This bill provides that a bonus awarded, given or paid to an employee may not be considered in
calculating the average weekly wage in this state for the preceding fiscal year for workers'
WAYS AND MEANS
H.4119 COUNTY INDEBTEDNESS FOR
REDEVELOPMENT PROJECTS Rep. Miller
This joint resolution proposes an amendment to Section 14(10), Article X, of the SC
authorizing the General Assembly to provide by law for counties to incur indebtedness for the
purpose of redevelopment and to provide that the debt service for such indebtedness be provided
from the added increments of tax revenues to result from such projects.
H.4120 TAX INCREMENT FINANCING ACT FOR
COUNTIES Rep. Miller
This bill, which if passed would be effective upon ratification of a constitutional amendment to
Section 14, Article X of the SC Constitution, authorizing counties to incur indebtedness for
redevelopment projects (see H.4119), provides for
implementation of such authorization and
provides for the payment of such indebtedness from added increments of tax revenues.
"Redevelopment projects" are defined in the bill as any buildings, improvements, including
improvements, water, sewer and storm drainage facilities, parking facilities, and recreational
facilities. Also, the bill provides that any project authorized under Section 6-21-50 (Revenue
Bond Act for Utilities - Authorized Public Works Which May be Purchased or Constructed)
also qualify as a redevelopment project. All such projects are to be owned by the county.
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