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April 8 Legislative Report
The Education and Public Works Motor Vehicles Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Jimmy Neal, met Tuesday, April 5, 2011.  H. 3164: Driver’s Licenses, which relates to school attendance conditions associated with the issuance of conditional and special restricted driver’s licenses, received a favorable report.
 
The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jim Harrison, met Tuesday, April 5, 2011. H. 3342: DUI Hearings, H. 3582: Traffic Education Program, and H. 3679: Hepatitis B and HIV Testing received a favorable report. The following bills received a favorable report as amended: H. 3229: Behavioral Health Services Act, H. 3183: Lobbyist Registration, H. 3127: Pardons, H. 3543: Bench Warrants, H. 3607: Issuance of Arrest Warrants, and H. 3606: Issuance of Arrest Warrants.
 
The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Glenn McConnell, met Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Doc. 4135: Rehabilitation of Designated Historic Buildings was approved and will be introduced as a joint resolution. After much discussion, H. 3066: SC Restructuring Act was amended and then carried over until the Committee’s next meeting.
 
The Senate Finance Constitutional and Criminal Justice Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Mike Fair and Sen. David Thomas, met Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Finance staff reviewed agency budget requests and dollars appropriated by the House of Representatives. For additional information regarding the appropriations process, please click here.
 
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Shane Massey, met Wednesday, April 6, 2011. S. 477: Prosecution Coordination Commission received a favorable report. Solicitor Donnie Myers, Solicitor David Pascoe, and David Ross addressed questions posed by the subcommittee. S. 12: Trust Funds was carried over.
 
The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Delleney, met Thursday, April 07, 2011. Debate was adjourned on H. 3477: Medical Malpractice Expert Testimony, which provides, among other things, that an individual not licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina who provides expert medical witness testimony in an administrative, civil, or criminal proceeding in this state must be subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Medical Examiners as if fully licensed as a medical expert witness.
 
House and Senate introductions are available online. The following are a number of bills of interest that were introduced this week:kturner@scbar.org
 
H. 4026: Unlawful for an Adult to Leave Child Unattended in Vehicle
H. 4042: Unfair Trade Practice
H. 4043: Drug Testing & Unemployment Benefits
H. 4052: Civil Penalties
S. 771: Hospital Liability
S. 772: Liability Limits Imposed by the Tort Claims Act
S. 781: Portable Electronics Insurance Act
 
Questions related to legislation can be directed to Kali Campbell Turner at (803) 799 6653, ext. 170 or kturner@scbar.org. Additional information can be found at http://www.scstatehouse.gov/.
 
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