Over the last two weeks, House members have pre-filed 265 bills. Here is a short description of major legislation. )To see all pre-filed bills, click here.)
Capitol police. H. 3002 (Pitts) seeks to establish a Capitol Police Force at the Statehouse.
No mopeds. H. 3003 (Hiott) seeks to keep mopeds off state highways and streets.
Sunset regulations. H. 3006 (Atwater) seeks for state regulations to expire after five years, in some instances.
Term limits. H. 3009 (Ballentine) is a House resolution seeking a rule change to limit committee chairmanships to 10 years.
Shorter sessions. H. 3014 (Bannister) seeks a constitutional amendment to shorten legislative sessions by having them start in February and end in May. H. 3121 (Putnam) is similar.
Alimony. H. 3019 (Brannon) seeks a law change that marriages lasting less than 10 years wouldn’t qualify for alimony.
Obamacare. H. 3020 (Chumley) seeks to turn back Obamacare through various provisions.
Same-sex marriage. H. 3022 (Chumley) seeks to prohibit use of taxpayer funds and payment of government salaries and benefits for activities related to licensing and support of same-sex marriage, with many provisions.
Concealed weapons. H. 3025 (Clemmons) seeks to allow someone permitted to carry a concealed weapon in another state be allowed to carry one in S.C.
Wind power. H. 3026 (Clemmons) seeks to add rules to encourage wind power, with many provisions.
Judicial elections. H. 3028 (Clemmons) is a resolution to set the date for various judicial elections to be Feb. 4, 2015.
EITC. H. 3029 (Cobb-Hunter) seeks a refundable state earned income tax credit, with several provisions.
Minimum wage. H. 3031 (Cobb-Hunter) calls for a $10.10 per hour state minimum wage.
Gun check. H. 3033 (Cobb-Hunter) calls for a national instant criminal background check before any firearms sales, with several provisions.
Domestic violence. H. 3034 (Cobb-Hunter) calls for tougher domestic violence rules that would cause a person convicted of criminal domestic violence to surrender firearms, with several provisions.
Constitutional officers. H. 3041 (Delleney) would change the state superintendent of education from an elected to an appointed position.
Reapportionment. H. 3047 (Funderburk) calls for an independent reapportionment commission to change how legislative districts are drawn, with several provisions. H. 3178 (Tinkler) is similar.
Whistleblowers. H. 3048 (Funderburk) calls for whistleblower protection for public employees, with several provisions. H. 3202 (Funderburk) is related.
Police cameras. H. 3057 (Gilliard) would require law enforcement officers to have wearable video cameras. H. 3058 (Gilliard) would create a study commission to study the issue.
Car tax cap. H. 3064 (Goldfinch) would raise the $300 sales tax cap on cars and motorcycles to $750.
Child and Family Services. H. 3079 (Horne) would create a new Department of Child and Family Services, which would take on many of the duties of the state Department of Social Services. H. 3104 (McEachern) seeks to require a safety plan to allow a child to be placed in a relative’s home instead of being taken into DSS custody.
Road names. H. 3081 (Huggins) would prohibit the state from naming a road, interchange or bridge for anyone who hasn’t been dead for at least 10 years.
Corporate income tax. H. 3085 (Limehouse) calls for the end of corporate income tax over four years. H. 3163 (Stringer) is similar.
Party registration. H. 3087 (Limehouse) seeks to require party registration for voters so that members of one party can’t vote in another party’s primary.
High-quality education. H. 3110 (W. McLeod) seeks a resolution to propose a constitutional amendment to require the state to provide for a high-quality public education.
Divorce. H. 3111 (W. McLeod) seeks a constitutional amendment to allow divorce on grounds of continuous separation for 180 days. H. 3112 is a bill that seeks the same.
Abortion. H. 3114 (Nanney) seeks pro-life legislation to halt abortions of unborn children older than 20 weeks, with several provisions.
Immigration. H. 3120 (Pitts) seeks to require verification of legal status to receive numerous health and welfare benefits.
Judges. H. 3123 (Putnam) seeks a constitutional amendment to require judges to be appointed by the governor with the consent of the General Assembly.
Gambling. H. 3127 (Rutherford) seeks a constitutional amendment to allow various forms of gambling in the state.
Marriage. H. 3135 (Rutherford) seeks a constitutional amendment to delete a section of the constitution that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Flat tax. H. 3164 (Stringer) seeks a flat state income tax rate to replace individual income tax.
Campaign funds. H. 3171 (Tinkler) would require candidates to get written approval for campaign reimbursements over $500, with several provisions. H. 3187 (Finlay) would revise campaign practice definitions. H. 3188 (Finlay) would prohibit donations from non-candidate committees (leadership PACS). H. 3189 (Finlay) would require disclosure of independent campaign expenditures of more than $500. Other proposed reforms are in House bills 3196 to 3201.
Term limits. H. 3172 and 3173 (Tinkler) seeks to limit terms of members of the General Assembly.
Ethics reform. H. 3174 (Tinkler) seeks to steer ethics oversight to the state Ethics Commission, with several provisions. H. 3175 (Tinkler) is a related proposed constitutional amendment. H. 3184 (Pope) seeks to reconstitute the state Ethics Commission in a major way and revise its duties. H. 3185 (Pope) would update criminal penalties for ethics violations, with several provisions. H. 3227 (W. McLeod) seeks to establish a new kind of ethics commission framework, with several provisions.
Local government fund. H. 3180 (White) seeks to suspend the local government fund for 2015-16.
County tax reform. H. 3181 (White) is a broad tax reform proposal that would significantly impact counties. The summary of the complicated, long bill is more than four pages long.
Freedom of information. S. 3190 (Newton) would remove exemptions from FOI law for members of the General Assembly and their staffs, with limited exemptions only. H. 3191 (Newton) would create an FOI review office in a court.
ALEC. H. 3195 (Finlay) would delete an exemption for legislators to attend conventions and conferences of the American Legislative Exchange Council if paid by lobbyists’ principals, with other provisions.
Fair tax. H. 3211 (Corley) seeks to pass a “fair tax,” with many provisions.
State grand jury. H. 3218 (Lucas) would revise rules involving state grand juries, with many provisions.
Information security. H. 3226 (M. McLeod) calls for creation of a state Department of Information Security, with several provisions.
Regents. H. 3249 (G.M. Smith) seeks a state College and University Board of Regents to oversee higher education and replace other boards.
Certificate of need. H. 3250 (G.M. Smith) seeks to amend the state certificate of need program in various ways.
Equal pay. H. 3253 (Stavrinakis) seeks to prohibit discrimination by gender in compensation, with several provisions.
High-speed rail. H. 3254 (Stavrinakis) seeks to establish a high-speed rail commission to develop a plan of action for such rail.
Gas tax. H. 3262 and 3263 (Stringer) would raise a gas fuel tax by five cents a gallon with several provisions related to county roads.