January 27 Legislative Report

January 27, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012  
The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jim Harrison, met Tuesday.  
Favorable report as amended:
H.3793: Schedule I Drugs
H.4571: Driver’s license suspension
H.4463: Transfer of criminal cases to Magistrate Court
H.4549: Third-party voter registration organization
H.4614: Procedure and requirements of court-ordered child custody  

Adjourned for debate and carried over to the following week:
H.3564: Cockfighting

Recommitted to Subcommittee:
H.3130: Sexting
H.3292: Handguns

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Glenn McConnell, met Tuesday.
Adjourned for debate and carried over to the following week:
S.10: Commission on Streamlining Government and Reduction of Waste
S.477: Prosecution Coordination Commission
S.148: Home Invasion Protection Act

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The House Ways and Means Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Mike Pitts, met on Wednesday.  Budget presentations were given by the Department of Natural Resources and SC Attorney General Alan Wilson.

The House Judiciary Special Laws Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Derham Cole, met Wednesday.
Favorable report:
H.3918: Division of Aeronautics. Wes Covington, staff attorney with SC Association of Counties, and Ed Schafer, Legislative Counsel for Municipal Association of SC, both testified on the bill.  

Adjourned for debate and carried over to the following week:
H.4350: Assistant Attorneys General
H.4554: Closing or settlement insurance

The House Education and Public Works: Transportation and Roadways Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Joseph Daning, met Wednesday.
Favorable report as amended:
H.3390: Notice to abandon or close street

Adjourned for debate:
H.4451: Use of cell phone while driving. Josh Rhodes, staff attorney with SC Association of Counties, Bob Coble, of Nexsen Pruet, Richards Todd, of SC Trucking Association, testified on the bill.  

The House Criminal Law Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bruce Bannister, met Wednesday.
Recommitted to Subcommittee:
H.3131: Household member/Dating Violence. Heath Taylor testified on the bill.  

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on S.1036, chaired by Sen. Larry Martin, met Wednesday.
Adjourned for debate and carried over:
S.1036: DUI Testing. Drew Carroll testified on the bill on behalf of the SC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.    

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Jake Knotts, met Wednesday.  
Favorable report:
S.911: Governor’s security detail
S.265: Firearm. Mark Bourdon, attorney for the City of Charleston Police Department, testified on the bill.

Favorable report as amended:
H.3750: Autopsy
S.1014: Qualifications required for candidates for coroner

Thursday, January 26, 2012
The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Delleney, met Thursday.
Favorable report as amended:
H.3248: Ethics Violation

Adjourned for debate:
H.4043: Suspend the benefits of a person who fails a drug test for employment. Sue Berkowitz testified on the bill.

The House Ways and Means Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Mike Pitts, met Thursday. The Judicial Department budget was presented by Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal.

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

H. 4649: Expedited expungement verification by SLED
H. 4652: Labor organization to file certain information with LLR
H. 4674: Seizing of recording devices
H. 4676: Assessment ratios
H. 4678: Entering satisfaction of mortgage in public records
H. 4680: Defendant investigation assistance
H. 4688: Income Tax Credit for Property Tax Relief Act
S. 1125: Unemployment benefits
S. 1130: Health management organization and benefit plan
S. 1131: Mortgage satisfaction
S. 1138: Sale of drugs
 

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/.

*bolding indicates S.C. Bar membership