April 16 Legislative Report
April 16 Legislative Report
The full House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. Jim Harrison, met Tuesday, April 13, 2010. The following bills received a favorable report: S. 931: Sexually Violent Predator, S. 217: Local Detention Facility Mutual Aid and Assistance Act, H. 4505: Register of Deeds, and H.4438: Cremation. The following bills received a favorable report as amended: H. 3369: Solicitation of a Minor, H. 4516: Beer and Wine, H. 4049: Mortgages, S. 652: Professional Fundraising Counsel, S. 144: Amendment Ratification, H. 4542: Ethics Commission, S. 897: Commission on Streamlining Government and Reduction of Waste. Debate was adjourned on the following bills: S. 590: Candidates, H. 3772: Annexation, H. 3949: Tuberculosis Patients, H. 3774: Municipalities, H. 4181: Health Care, and H. 4240: Health Care Services.
The full Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Glenn McConnell, met Tuesday, April 13, 2010. S. 418: Canvassers received a favorable report. The following bills received a favorable report as amended: S. 1120: Health Care Providers, S. 1177: Whistleblower Statute, S. 1210: State Employee, S. 1030: Marsh Tacky, and S. 1070: Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act.
The House Judiciary General Laws Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Bruce Bannister, met Wednesday, April 14, 2010. H. 3298: Storing of Firearms was reported out of the subcommittee. Debate was adjourned on H. 3663: Failure to Report Child Abuse and Neglect.
The House Judiciary Special Laws Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Thad Viers, met Wednesday, April 14, 2010 to consider H. 4808: Fee Covenants. Cashion Drolet, Vice President of Government Affairs for the S.C. Association of Realtors, and Clint Yarborough of First American Title testified in support of the bill. H. 4808 received a favorable report as amended and will be placed on the full House Judiciary Committee agenda.
The House Judiciary Criminal Laws Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Keith Kelly, met Wednesday, April 14, 2010 to hear testimony relating to S. 1154: Omnibus Crime Reduction and Sentencing Reform Act. After hearing testimony from a number of concerned parties, including but not limited to, William Bilton and Amie Clifford, both with the S.C. Commission on Prosecution Coordination, the subcommittee carried the bill over until its next meeting.


The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Paul Campbell, met Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Reg. 4109: Child Support Guidelines received a favorable report.

H. 3800: Child Abuse Allegations received a favorable report as amended.

H. 3161: Motor Vehicle Hearing Office, having been set for special order March 31, 2010, was debated in the full Senate on Thursday, April 15, 2010. The bill, which would require the Office of Motor Vehicles to employ certain professional and support staff, as well as increase the filing fee to request an administrative hearing, was amended in the full Senate Judiciary Committee to increase the filing fees in both family and circuit court. The bill was further amended on the floor of the Senate to lower the proposed filing fee increase in the family court to fifty dollars, create a new fee of fifty dollars for filing a deposition in a civil case, and direct 200,000 dollars to the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission.

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

H. 4799: Childcare Center

H. 4808: Transfer Fees

H. 4811: Child Support Obligations

H. 4812: Appearance Bond

H. 4826: Department of Corrections

H. 4830: Property Tax Exemptions

H. 4832: Sales and Use Tax

H. 4837: Nonprofit Organizations

H. 4845: Missing Persons Cases

H. 4847: Posting Notice by Website

H. 4856: Municipal Finance Oversight Act

S. 1348: Estate Tax

S. 1352: Homestead Creditor Protection

Questions related to legislation can be directed to Kali Campbell Turner at (803) 799 6653, ext. 170 or Additional information can be found at

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