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April 15 Legislative Report
The full Education and Public Works Committee, chaired by Rep. Phil Owens, met Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The following bills received a favorable report: S. 686: Science Requirements for a Diploma, S. 358: License Plates, and H. 3164: Driver’s Licenses. H. 3035: Length of the School Term, H. 3028: Teacher Contracts, and H. 3163: Mopeds received a favorable report as amended.
 
The full Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, chaired by Rep. Bill Sandifer, met Tuesday, April 12, 2011. H. 3111: Workers’ Compensation Policies, received a favorable report as amended.
 
The full Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Glenn McConnell, met Tuesday, April 12, 2011. S. 420: General Assembly Review of Regulations received a favorable report. The following bills received a favorable report as amended: S. 766: Electric Cooperatives and S. 705: Underground Facility Damage Prevention Act. The remaining agenda items were carried over due to a loss of a quorum.
 
The House Judiciary Criminal Laws Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bruce Bannister, met Wednesday, April 13, 2011. H. 3759: Jurisdiction of Law Enforcement received a favorable report. The following bills received a favorable report as amended: H. 3895: Appearance Bonds and H. 3660: Purchase of Nonferrous Metals.
 
The House Judiciary General Laws Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Thad Viers, met Thursday, April 14, 2011. Testimony was heard on H. 3308: Jaidon’s Law. It and the remainder of the agenda were carried over due to time constraints.
 
The Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Ray Cleary, met Thursday, April 14, 2011. S. 687: Definition of terms used in the State Certificate of Need received a favorable report as amended. The following bills received a favorable report: H. 3012: Licensure of In-Home Care Provider Act and S. 494: Interns and Residents Authorized to Fill Prescriptions.
 
The Ad Hoc Subcommittee of the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, chaired by Rep. Bill Sandifer, continued to meet throughout the week and hear testimony S. 431: Insurance Policies, which provides among other things, that a liability insurance policy issued by an insurer and covering a construction professional in this state must be broadly construed in favor of coverage. The Subcommittee will continue to hear testimony when the House of Representatives reconvenes the week Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
 
The House of Representatives will be on furlough next week and will reconvene Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
 
House and Senate introductions are available online. The following are a number of bills of interest that were introduced this week:
 
H. 4058: Definition of Terms Used in State Certificate of Need and Health Care Facility Licensure Act
H. 4059: Screening for Communicable Diseases
H. 4060: Disposition of Fines and Penalties in Municipal Courts
H. 4061: Probate Court Proceedings
H. 4063: Controlled Substances and Forfeiture Procedures
H. 4070: Purchase of Nonferrous Metals
H. 4071: Electronic Prescriptions
H. 4083: Required Attorney Appearance in Court
H. 4088: Exemptions from Additional Assessments for Offenses Tried in Magistrates Court
H. 4095: Joint Custody of a Child
S. 795: Appearance Bonds
S. 796: Law Enforcement Jurisdiction
S. 810: Criminal Domestic Violence
S. 822: Criminal Child Death Offender Registry
 
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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