March 9 Legislative Report

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Glenn McConnell, met Tuesday.
Favorable report:
S. 299 Court statements

Favorable report as amended:
S.45 Bond reconsideration
H.4033 Widening and dredging waterways (with Minority Report)

Carried over:
S.10 Commission on Streamlining Government and Reduction of Waste
S.148 Home Invasion Protection Act
S.265 Firearm
S. 1065 Bingo and raffles
S. 300 Department of Juvenile Justice
S. 302 Department of Juvenile Justice
S. 744 Unlawful to impede normal breathing or blood circulation of another person
S. 746 Revisions to DUI penalties
S. 865 State symbols and emblems
H. 4139 State Day of Prayer
S. 212 Members of General Assembly
S. 1012 Delegation of a military parent's visitation rights
S. 1066 Regulating the discharge of fireworks

Recommitted to subcommittee:
S.235 County government

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The House Full Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, chaired by William E. "Bill" Sandifer, met on Wednesday.
Favorable report as amended:
H. 4801 Oconee and Anderson Counties rural water district
H. 4787 Portable Electronics Insurance Act
H. 4269 Consumer loans
H. 4763 Preneed funeral contract licenses

Adjourned Debate:
H.4706 Cottage food operations
H.4944 Telemedicine
H.4500 STOLI Charitable Fundraising
H.4786 Temp Agency Teachers & DEW
H.3912 Restroom Availability

The House Judiciary Criminal Law Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bruce Bannister, met Wednesday.
Favorable report:
H. 4919 Life Sentencing
H. 4915 Repeal of 19-11-50
David Pascoe of the First Circuit Solicitor’s Office testified on H. 4919 and H. 4915.

Favorable report as amended:
H. 4572 Surety bonds

Carried over:
H. 3208  Strangulation and Smothering
H. 4272  CDV-Breathing

Thursday, March 8, 2012
The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws, chaired by Rep. Greg Delleney, met Thursday.
Favorable report as amended:
H. 4513 Adult Protection Coordinating Council
H. 4699 Increase in at-large Circuit Court Judges

Carried over:
H. 4762 Grounds for Divorce. Pat Forbis testified on the bill.
H. 4760 Grounds for Divorce

Adjourned Debate:
H. 4244 Recalling & Removing Persons Holding Public Office

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on S. 772 met Thursday.
Carried over:
S. 772 Tort Claims Act

The Senate Finance Subcommittee on Constitutional and Criminal Justice met on Thursday. The Ethics Commission, Indigent Defense Commission and South Carolina Bar presented their FY 2012-2013 budgets.

Other News
House and Senate introductions are available online. The following are a number of bills of interest that were introduced last week:
H. 4955 Criminal background check for licensure to practice funeral services
H. 4968 Cockfighting
H. 4969 Health coverage for a child
H. 4970 Drug Courts Program Act
H. 4972 SC Money Services Oversight and Illicit Finance Abatement Act
H. 4975 Post-conviction DNA Testing
S. 1304 Custodial Interrogation
S. 1315 Orders of protection
S. 1317 Drug Court Act Program
S. 1319 Title Insurer issuing closing or settlement insurance
S. 1321 Amendment to “Omnibus Crime Reduction and Sentencing Reform Act of 2012”
S. 1324 Real Estate Commissioner

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*bolding indicates S.C. Bar membership