State of the State and Progress in Committees

Last week marked the second full week of legislative session. We continued the early stages of the legislative cycle and heard from the Governor in her annual State of the State address Wednesday evening.

My Republican colleagues and I were happy to hear the governor’s support for many of our priorities like education reform, infrastructure improvements, and ethics reform.

Echoing Governor Haley was the Republican leader of the House, Bruce Bannister (R-Greenville): “This week we heard from Governor Haley’s heart. Our caucus appreciates her positive message and optimistic tone. Governor Haley mentioned education reform, fixing our roads and bridges, and ethics reform. House Republicans have led on all three issues in the House, while the Senate has refused to act. With Governor Haley’s help, perhaps we will see movement in the Senate chamber on these important issues facing our state.”

Governor Haley also highlighted the tragedies impacting our state, including the Walter Scott shooting and the depraved murders at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston. The flood of 2015 was the worst natural disaster since hurricane Hugo. My colleagues and I have heard from flood victims across the state over the past months, particularly farmers who in some instances saw their entire crops disintegrate and fields ruined under standing flood waters.

Agriculture represents one of the largest industries in South Carolina and if you know a farmer, you may know that one year with no yield can be the difference between having the resources to plant again next year and closing the doors. We continue to look for conservative solutions for these farmers and others affected by the flood, and I will update you as we move forward.

Finally, as is typical in January, much was done in our House committees. Once a bill is introduced, it must go through legislative committees before it comes to the House floor for a vote.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update.  If you have input on this update or any other issue facing the General Assembly, please let me know.  Thank you for the privilege of representing you in Columbia.