The S.C. House is on furlough this week, so I am in District 97 working for you. Enclosed are some legislative accomplishments from last week, as I look forward to continuing to focus on our District’s priorities when we return to Columbia next week.

A quick note: every furlough week for the S.C. House saves taxpayers $66,000. This furlough was built into the schedule to give the House Ways and Means Committee the necessary time to diligently and thoughtfully work on the House’s version of the state budget in full committee.

Look Who Visited the State House Last Week

Dr. April Cone and a contingent of students from USC Salkehatchie visited the South Carolina State House this week. It was my pleasure to meet with them.
 

 

 

 

 

Top Issues Last Week in the Legislature

Empowering Student Athletes
Last Wednesday, I was proud to support and ultimately pass H.4957, a landmark bill designed to empower college athletes in South Carolina with the ability to profit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL). This move, strongly supported by coaches from our largest universities, promotes fair and equitable opportunities for student athletes, ensuring our state aligns with national standards in collegiate sports.

Pension Protection Act Signed Into Law
Last year, the House passed H.3690, the ESGPension Protection Act. The Senate made it a priority early this session and the bill was signed into law by the Governor last week. I was fortunate to attend the signing ceremony in the Governor’s office. This critical legislation ensures the $39 billion in South Carolina’s pension system is invested to maximize returns for over 600,000 state and local government employees, free from the influence of Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) objectives.

As a state, we stand firm against allowing investment firms to consider social agendas as they make decisions on our hard-earned dollars, thus protecting our state’s investment practices and securing pensions for our dedicated employees.

Addressing Healthcare Fragmentation
On Wednesday, as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, we sent H.4927 to the House floor for debate. This bill proposes the creation of the Executive Office of Health and Policy by merging the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS), the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the Department of Aging, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Disabilities and Special needs. Following a comprehensive study by the Boston Consulting Group, the bill aims to streamline government services, reduce bureaucracy, and address our healthcare system’s fragmentation, enhancing care quality and accessibility, especially for our most vulnerable populations.

Supporting Second Amendment Rights
As I told you last week, I remain committed to supporting the Second Amendment. I voted to send a true Constitutional Carry bill back to the Senate. H3594 will now head to Conference Committee, and we have strong 2nd Amendment appointees representing the House on that committee.