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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How I Can Best Serve

How I Can Best Serve

How I Can Best Serve

Leadership. An interesting concept and one not easily grasped. In fact, I just concluded a 2 year-long course on this same topic through the Aspen Institute’s prestigious Liberty Fellowship Program. In this program, we studied different leadership styles, philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato, and Hobbes, and instrumental leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Ghandi, and Margaret Thatcher, among others. What I learned and what I am still learning is a good leader has to make tough decisions, not rash decisions …

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End of Session Legislative Update

End of Session Legislative Update

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here is my end of session Legislative Update for 2015.  The General Assembly recently concluded work on the regular legislative session.  Although we approved a budget in extended session, we failed to approve other important legislation.  Regrettably, this includes the various funding proposals for repairs to our state’s roads and bridges.  While much remains unresolved, 2015 has yielded some noteworthy legislative accomplishments as listed below.

While the tragic events in Charleston, the death of 9 innocent lives, including our friend and colleague, Rev. …

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR MAY!

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR MAY!

Here is my Legislative Update for May!  As we reach the end of session, the House of Representatives continues to remain busy.  We just passed the Domestic Violence Reform Act which is now off to the Governor for her signature. Unfortunately, we still have not received the roads bill or ethics bill back from the Senate, which make it unlikely that this legislation will pass before session ends on June 4.  For all of the highlights from this month, please see the summaries listed below.

As …

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Legislative Update for April 2015

Legislative Update for April 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here is my Legislative Update for April!  We had several important items on the calendar this month.  Most notably, we were able to pass a bill to improve our roads.  We also overwhelmingly passed the Domestic Violence Reform Act, and I was proud to be a co-sponsor of an amendment limiting gun rights to those individuals convicted of a CDV.  Please read the update below for more detailed information on these bills along with many others.

As always, I am interested in hearing …

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MARCH 2015 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE!

MARCH 2015 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here is my Legislative Update for March!  The House passed a Budget this month and it is now in the Senate for review.  We also passed by 83-27 a bill that I proudly sponsored, the “Cervical Cancer Prevention Act.”  This legislation provides that DHEC may offer the HPV vaccine to students enrolling in 7th grade and may develop and provide informational brochures concerning the vaccine.  See below for more information about this bill and highlights from other bills we passed this month.

As …

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Legislative Update for February 2015

Legislative Update for February 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here is my Legislative Update for February!  We had another busy month in the General Assembly.

Last week, I was honored to speak on behalf of the SC House of Representatives in advocating for Fort Jackson at the Community Listening Session at Shandon Baptist church.  There was tremendous support to #SaveOurFort!  For more information, please click on this link: http://www.columbiabusinessreport.com/news/53838-business-community-leaders-muster-support-for-fort-jackson?rss=0

As always, I am interested in hearing your thoughts and concerns on the issues.  Thank you for electing me to serve you and our …

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JANUARY 2015 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

JANUARY 2015 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Here is my Legislative Update for January!  On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the House of Representatives convened in Columbia for the commencement of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly.  We started off getting straight down to business by overwhelmingly passing certain provisions of the Ethics Reform Act.   I am proud to be a co-sponsor of this legislation and further to be elected by my colleagues to serve on the 10-member House Ethics Committee. 

Last week, Representative James Smith and I held …

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HAPPY NEW YEAR AND THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION!

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION!

As this year comes to an end, I look forward to the upcoming legislative session and the opportunities 2015 will bring.

At the Organizational Session held at the beginning of the month, we approved a set of new Rules of the House for the 2015 and 2016 Sessions of the General Assembly.  I was honored that Speaker Jay Lucas appointed me to the bi-partisan committee that recommended these changes.  The new Rules will, among others, limit the term of the Speaker, clarify ethics violations, and provide …

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday

and a very happy New Year.

from our family to yours

The Sanders Family

Beth Bernstein and Rip Sanders

Caroline (10 1/2) and Isabel (6 1/2)

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