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February 24 Legislative Report

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The House Full Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Brian White, met Tuesday to discuss provisos.

The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jim Harrison, met Tuesday.
Favorable report:
H.4678 Mortgage satisfaction

Favorable report as amended:
H.3235 Freedom of Information Act
H.4570 Probate Court costs
H.4473 Legal custody or placement of a child prohibited to a person on sex offender registry

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Glenn McConnell, met Tuesday.
Chief Mark Keel, of SLED, received a favorable report to be reappointed as Chief of SLED. Major Leroy Smith, Director of SC Department of Public Safety, also received favorable report for reappointment as Director.  
Favorable report:
S.1196 African American History Month
S.1055 Revision to the composition of Judicial Council
S.41 Missing Persons Information Center
H.3342 DUI hearings
S.43 Unlawful trade practices
S.1088 Boards and commissions whose members are appointed or elected by Congressional District

Favorable report as amended:
H.3392 Absentee ballot
H.3607 Issuance of arrest warrants
S.732 Obtaining nonferrous metals
H.3711 Automobile club
S. 299 Court Statements
H.3393 Cremation

Carried over:
S.10 Commission on Streamlining Government and Reduction of Waste
S.148 Home Invasion Protection Act
S.265 Firearm
S.1004 Regulation of unsolicited consumer telephone calls
S.126 Equal rights and duties of parents
S.1054 Child abuse or neglect
H.3711 Automobile club
S.235 County government
S.731 Time allowed for filling of mayor or councilman vacancy
H.4033 Widening and dredging waterways
S.45 Bond reconsideration

Recommitted to Subcommittee:
S.911 Governor's security detail

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The House Criminal Law Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bruce Bannister, met Wednesday.
Favorable report:
H. 4680 Reduction of Sentences

Favorable report as amended:
H. 3757 Human Trafficking (with strike and insert S.1135)

Adjourn debate:
H. 3645 Uniform Traffic Ticket

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Vincent Sheheen, met Wednesday.
Carried over:
H.4614 Court-Ordered Child Custody
S.300 DJJ
S.302 DJJ

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Brad Hutto, met Wednesday.
Favorable report:
S.744 Impede Breathing or Blood Circulation. David Ross, Executive Director of S.C. Commission on Prosecution Coordination, and Heath Taylor testified on the bill.

Favorable report as amended:
S.746 DUI Penalties

Carried over:
S.1066 Fireworks. Ed Schafer, Legislative Counsel for Municipal Association of SC, testified on the bill.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Finance Subcommittee on Constitutional and Criminal Justice met on Thursday. Administrative Law Court and Commission on Prosecution Coordination presented their FY 2012-2013 budgets.

The House Full Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Brian White, met Thursday to release FY 2012-2013 Appropriation Bill, which included Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Subcommittee recommendations.

Other News
House and Senate introductions are available online. The following are a number of bills of interest that were introduced last week:
H. 4787 Portable Electronics Insurance Act
H. 4795 Property tax exemptions
H. 4798 Municipal Court trials
H. 4816 Department of Revenue
H. 4824 Reinstatement of suspended driver's license
H. 4821 Filing of court documents by electronic means created
H. 4825 Prohibit the worthless check unit of a judicial circuit
H. 4826 Magistrates Court candidates
H. 4827 Magistrate to provide certification of lawful machines and boards
H. 4894 Income tax credits
S. 1239 Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act
S. 1243 S.C. Probate Code
S. 1244 Mortgages and deeds of trust
S. 1246 Cruelty to animals
S. 1255 Carrying of a concealed weapon

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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