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February 3 Legislative Report

Tuesday, January 31, 2012  
The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jim Harrison, met Tuesday.  
Favorable report as amended:
H.3248: Ethics Violation

Carried over:
H.3918: Division of Aeronautics  
H.4043: Suspend the benefits of a person who fails a drug test for employment
H.3564: Cockfighting

The Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Sen. Larry Martin, met Tuesday.
Favorable report:
S.1110: International Energy Conservation Code of 2009

Favorable report as amended:
S.1014: Qualifications required for candidates for coroner
H.3750: Autopsy
S.1025: County Board of Canvassers meeting date

Majority favorable with amendment, minority unfavorable:
S.304: Voter Citizenship Verification Act

Carried over:
S.10: Commission on Streamlining Government and Reduction of Waste
S.148: Home Invasion Protection Act
S.265: Firearm
S.911: Governor’s security detail
H.3292: Handguns

Recommitted to Subcommittee:
H.3508: Government owned communications service providers

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The House Criminal Law Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bruce Bannister, met Wednesday.
Carried over:
H.3207: Criminal domestic violence. David Ross, Executive Director of S.C. Commission on Prosecution Coordination, testified on the bill.
H.3208: Strangulation and smothering
H.3209: Domestic abuse

The House Judiciary Special Laws Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Derham Cole, met Wednesday.
Carried over:
H.3235: Freedom of Information Act
H.4554: Closing or settlement insurance. Susan Stewart and Claire Manning were present to represent the title insurance industry.

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Brad Hutto, met Wednesday.
Carried over:
S.732: Obtaining nonferrous metals
S.746: Revisions to DUI penalties

The Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. David Thomas, met Wednesday.
Favorable report as amended:
H.3408: Freedom of Conscience Act

Thursday, February 2, 2012
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on S.423, chaired by Sen. Larry Martin, met Thursday.
Carried over:
S.423: Appropriations to the Judicial Department. Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal testified on the bill.

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on S.269, S.270 and S.1055, chaired by Sen. Larry Martin, met Thursday.
Favorable report:
S.1055: Revision to the composition of Judicial Council

Carried over:
S.269: Master-in-equity
S.270: Master-in-equity

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on S.477, chaired by Sen. Shane Massey, met Thursday.
Carried over:
S.477: Prosecution Coordination Commission. David Ross, Executive Director of S.C. Commission on Prosecution Coordination, testified on the bill.

The Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children, chaired by Sen. Michael Fair, met Thursday.

Other News:
Judicial Merit Selection Commission released the Judicial Seats on Wednesday, February 2, 2012. 

Robert Eldon Hood, Columbia, SC, was elected on Wednesday to the Circuit Court, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Seat 3, and the following Judges were re-elected:

Supreme Court
Seat 4 - The Honorable Kaye Gorenflo Hearn, Conway, S.C.

Court of Appeals
Seat 8 - The Honorable Thomas E. Huff, North Augusta, S.C.

Circuit Court
3rd Circuit, Seat 2 - The Honorable George C. James Jr., Sumter, S.C.
4th Circuit, Seat 2 - The Honorable John Michael Baxley, Hartsville, S.C.
5th Circuit, Seat 2 - The Honorable Lee Casey Manning, Columbia, S.C.
7th Circuit, Seat 2 - The Honorable Roger Lynn Couch, Spartanburg, S.C.
8th Circuit, Seat 2 - The Honorable Eugene Cannon Griffith Jr., Newberry, S.C.
9th Circuit, Seat 2 - The Honorable Kristi Lea Harrington, Hanahan, S.C.
10th Circuit, Seat 2 - The Honorable Alexander Stephens Macaulay, West Union, S.C.
11th Circuit, Seat 1 - The Honorable William Paul Keesley, Edgefield, S.C.
11th Circuit, Seat 2 - The Honorable R. Knox McMahon, Lexington, S.C.
12th Circuit, Seat 1 - The Honorable Michael G. Nettles, Lake City, S.C.
14th Circuit, Seat 1 - The Honorable Perry M. Buckner III, Walterboro, S.C.

Administrative Law Court
Seat 2 - The Honorable John Davis McLeod, Winnsboro, S.C.

House and Senate introductions are available online. The following are a number of bills of interest that were introduced last week:

H. 4698: Tax increment financing law
H. 4699: Increase in number of at-large circuit court judges
H. 4717: Child custody
S. 1167: Tax increment financing law

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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