Legislative Tracker 2018-02-08T18:49:17+00:00

LEGISLATIVE TRACKER

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122nd General Assembly of S.C.
2018 Session: January 9 – May 10, 2018

SC Equality tirelessly lobbies the South Carolina General Assembly and mobilizes our communities to promote legislation on issues that matter most to you, including marriage equality, parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnerships, and HIV/AIDS.

SC Equality tracks and follows bills in the South Carolina General Assembly that may directly or indirectly impact the LGBTQ community here in South Carolina.

2018 Legislative Action Center is where you can see the legislation introduced in South Carolina that will shape the future of the movement for LGBTQ equality in our state.  This page will be updated daily.

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2018 Legislative Tracker

Bill Number

Bill Sponsor(s)

Timmons (R)

Our Position

OPPOSE

Legislation:

Amends the definition of “lobbyist” to include persons who have “indirect” communication with public officials – will be a major problem for all lobbying entities.

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senators Timmons, Climer and Fanning

Introduced in the Senate on January 9, 2018

Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

 Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   12/6/2017  Senate  Prefiled
   12/6/2017  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary
    1/9/2018  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 41)
    1/9/2018  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 41)

Bill Number

Bill Sponsor(s)

Cash (R)

Our Position

OPPOSE

Legislation:

Allows for termination of parental rights based on conception of a child as a result of criminal sexual conduct. Uses the clear and convincing standards of evidence.

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senator Cash

Introduced in the Senate on January 9, 2018

Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Parental rights, termination

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   12/6/2017  Senate  Prefiled
   12/6/2017  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary
    1/9/2018  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 42)
    1/9/2018  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 42)

Bill Number

Bill Sponsor(s)

Burns (R) and Moss (R)

Our Position

OPPOSE

Legislation:

“Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act”

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Burns and V.S. Moss

Introduced in the House on January 9, 2018

Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Religious Viewpoints Antidescrimination Act

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   11/9/2017  House   Prefiled
   11/9/2017  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary
    1/9/2018  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 91)
    1/9/2018  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 91)

Bill Number

Bill Sponsor(s)

Senn (R) & Setzler (D)

Our Position

SUPPORT

Legislation:

Amends the definition of household member in the Domestic Violence law to include all cohabiting and formerly cohabiting couples.

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senators Senn and Setzler

Introduced in the Senate on January 9, 2018

Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Domestic violence

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   12/6/2017  Senate  Prefiled
   12/6/2017  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary
    1/9/2018  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 45)
    1/9/2018  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 45)

Bill Number

Bill Sponsor(s)

Stavrinakis (D), Sottile (R), Clary (R), Brown (D)

Our Position

SUPPORT

Legislation:

Makes it unlawful for a person to possess, distribute, or manufacture a part, component, attachment, device, or accessory designed to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic weapon including, but not limited to, a bump stock or trigger crank.

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Stavrinakis, Sottile, Clary and Brown

Introduced in the House on January 9, 2018

Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Firearms

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   11/9/2017  House   Prefiled
   11/9/2017  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary
    1/9/2018  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 107)
    1/9/2018  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 107)

Bill Number

Our Position

SUPPORT

Bill Sponsor(s)

Bernstein (D), Clary (R), Smith (D), Felder (R), Thayer (R), Norrell (D)

Legislation:

Provides that no pre-dispute arbitration agreement is valid or enforceable if it requires arbitration of a sex discrimination dispute (with exceptions).

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Bernstein, Clary, J.E. Smith, Felder, Thayer, Norrell, Wheeler, Thigpen and Henderson-Myers

Introduced in the House on January 9, 2018

Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/13/2017  House   Prefiled
  12/13/2017  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary
    1/9/2018  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 110)
    1/9/2018  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 111)

Bill Number

Bill Sponsor(s)

Clary (R), Funderburk (D), Bernstein (D), Elliott (R), Wheeler (D), Cogswell (R)

Our Position

SUPPORT

Legislation:

Bi-partisan bill to establish the SC Re-Districting Commission to more fairly re-district state legislative district lines.

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Clary, Funderburk, Bernstein, Elliott, Wheeler, Cogswell, Collins, Thigpen and J.E. Smith

Introduced in the House on January 9, 2018

Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary

Summary: SC Redistricting Commission

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/13/2017  House   Prefiled
  12/13/2017  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary
    1/9/2018  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 118)
    1/9/2018  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 119)
   1/10/2018  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: J.E.Smith

Bill Number

Bill Sponsor(s)

Williams (D), Jefferson (D)

Our Position

SUPPORT

Legislation:

Any owner of a firearm, rifle or shotgun who has their weapon stolen must report the theft within 24 hours of knowledge of the theft so as to deter illegal gun ownership by past offenders.

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Williams, Jefferson and Henderson-Myers

Introduced in the House on January 9, 2018

Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Lizzy’s Law

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/13/2017  House   Prefiled
  12/13/2017  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary
    1/9/2018  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 120)
    1/9/2018  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 120)

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