January 2016 Legislative Update

January 2016 Legislative Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, the House of Representatives convened in Columbia for the commencement of the second regular session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly.  Since we are waiting for the Senate to work on a roads bill, ethics reform and other legislation that we sent to them last year, I don’t have many bills to report, thus far.  Please see below for a summary of the bills the House debated and passed in January.

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Happy New Year and the Upcoming Legislative Session!

Happy New Year and the Upcoming Legislative Session!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As this year comes to an end, I am enthusiastic about the opportunities 2016 will bring, and I look forward to working on several important issues in the upcoming legislative session, some of which are outlined below.

 Comprehensive Flood Recovery Plan

The 1,000-year flood of October 2015 placed a tremendous hardship on many South Carolina families, workers, and small business owners, especially in our local community.   The floods severely handicapped local government (cities, counties and school districts) in the impacted areas.  While the …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On this Thanksgiving, I have never been more proud and grateful to be a South Carolinian.   While it has been a difficult and trying year for our state and community, we overcame these challenges and tragedies with grace and dignity, and came together as one. #TeamSouthCarolina #FamouslyStrong

As you gather with your loved ones and enjoy the holiday season this weekend, I hope you will remember all of the special moments in your life that have made you thankful.  I am thankful …

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Veterans Day!

Veterans Day!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today, we honor our heroes, remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication, and say thank you for their sacrifices. “Thank You.” Only two words. Eight letters. But weighted with love, gratitude, humility and understanding.  To all our veterans, thank you. Thank you for your unwavering service in peacetime and war, here in this nation and throughout the world.

Best,

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Richland County Flood Update / Community Meeting

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We know that many of you have unanswered questions on where we go from here.  In an effort to help answer these questions and to allay your concerns, Senator Joel Lourie and I, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, SCEMD, SCDOT, DHEC, SCDNR, SCDOI, and FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team, will be holding a Community Meeting this Tuesday, October 13, at 6:00 pm at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church.   We invite everyone in the community to attend.  Please see details below.

In the meantime, …

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Flood Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Although I have been forced to evacuate my home in light of the most recent dam breaks, I wanted to inform you that President Obama has signed a disaster declaration, ordering federal aid to help recovery efforts in South Carolina, including Richland County. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the flooding. You may register for relief at …

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Flood Update 2

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

SLED Special Agent Stan Arrington flew Senator Joel Lourie, Mayor of Forest Acres Frank Brunson, and me in a helicopter today to survey the damage from above. While most of the lakes have receded, there are still many areas with significant water accumulation. I hope the affected areas will continue to dry out and the last of the remaining bridges and dams stay intact.

It has been so comforting to see how our community has come together in this time of crisis. We …

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The Background Check Completion Act

Please join me on Tuesday, September 29th at 6:00 pm for an informative discussion on my proposed gun reform legislation, The Background Check Completion Act, which would close the “Charleston loophole”.  Several legislators, community leaders, and law enforcement individuals will be on a panel to discuss this issue.  The event will be held at Brookland Baptist Conference Center located at 1066 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia.

 

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Labor Day Message!

Labor Day Message!

As we honor the social and economic achievements of American workers and the contributions they have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country, my family and I wish you a safe and happy Labor Day!

Thank you for the privilege of representing you and our community in the legislature.

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Special Constituent Tour of Statehouse and Back to School Message

Special Constituent Tour of Statehouse and Back to School Message

It’s that time of year when summer draws to an end and we prepare to send our children off to school.  As my two young daughters return this week, I am always reminded of the crucial and important role our schools play in the everyday lives of our children.  As a graduate of Forest Lake, Dent, and Richland Northeast, I have always advocated for our public schools and believe that a quality education is the key to preparing our children for the jobs of the …

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