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2020 Statehouse Report #4


I hope everyone stayed safe during the storms that spanned across our entire state yesterday. The bad weather did not stop the legislature from taking up some important legislation this week. On Tuesday I was proud to join my colleagues from the House and Senate to elect 34 judges and 10 new board members to state universities. Congratulations to everyone who was elected!


Helping Farmers (H.4209)

Hurricane season has greatly impacted South Carolina farmers in recent years, so we are taking the necessary steps to protects the state’s farmers and their crops. This week, I supported a farm aid bill that creates the framework to protect farmers in case of catastrophic events. A farmer is eligible for the farm aid grant if they have experienced a 40% loss of agricultural goods as a result of a catastrophic weather event and governor-declared state of emergency. The grant will be determined by the Department of Agriculture.


The Education Debate in the Senate Continues…

This week, the Senate continued their debate on the Senate Education Reform Bill, S. 419, marking one month since they started debate. They are expected to finish their debate by the end of next week, and will send it sent back to the House for our consideration.


Other Legislative News:

Banning Vaping in Public Schools (H. 4710): The House Judiciary General Laws Subcommittee moved forward a bill that adds Vaping to Tobacco Free Public Schools. This bill closes any loopholes that previously did not include Vaping on Tobacco-free campuses.


Broadband Internet Usage (H.4262): Another House Judiciary Subcommittee heard more testimony this week on solutions to bringing better broadband internet and cellular services to rural SC. 


Useful Link of the Week:
Use this link to report a road maintenance request to the SC DOT.  Please note that this link is for routine work requests.  If you see something that causes an immediate danger to drivers, call 911 or *HP:


Keep up with the SC House GOP Caucus:


As always, its my honor and privilege to serve the people of SC House District 39. Don't hesitate to reach out if I can be of your service.

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