END OF SESSION LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

END OF SESSION LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We just wrapped up the Legislative session for the year and reconvened yesterday for one last time to resolve various budget vetoes and to vote on bills in conference committees.  Ultimately, we were able to pass several key bills this year.

The Senate and House passed the Road Funding and DOT Restructuring bill which the Governor signed into law last week.  This legislation allows for an estimated total of up to $4.5 billion to be devoted to our state’s roads over the next …

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Crossover Week – A Final Flurry of Activity

Crossover Week – A Final Flurry of Activity

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It’s amazing how fast April flew by. As Spring turns into Summer, we have had a flurry of activity at the State House to get our House bills passed before the May 1st crossover deadline.  Here are the bills that have come through the House during the past two weeks.

As always, I am interested in hearing your thoughts and concerns on the issues.

Thank you for electing me to serve you and our community at the State House.

Best,

 

Legislative Updates:

Week of April 19th, 2016

The …

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – APRIL 15, 2016

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – APRIL 15, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week at the State House, we were back in full force after our two week furlough.  One piece of news that I am particularly excited to share is the passage of my bill, H.3204, the Cervical Cancer Prevention Act.  The bill, with minor amendments, overwhelmingly passed in the Senate last week, and the House concurred with a vote of 107-1!  It will now be sent to the Governor for her signature, after a 7 year-long effort!  The bill will allow DHEC to provide …

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE MARCH 31, 2016 – Budget Week

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE MARCH 31, 2016 – Budget Week

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The week beginning March 21st, the House debated the 2016 General Appropriations bill for the 2016-17 fiscal year — “Budget Week”.  We worked several late nights on this bill, which will take effect on July 1, 2016, if passed.

While I am extremely disappointed by the lack of funding devoted to fix our crumbling roads, we were able to send a budget to the Senate which included allocating several million new dollars to public K-12 education and pay increases for our teachers and state …

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Legislative Update March 15, 2016

Legislative Update March 15, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

Below is an update on what has been happening at the State House the past two weeks. In the House we were able to approve a number of bills that have been sent to the Senate, including a bill establishing protections for the parenting rights of persons with disabilities, a South Carolina Farm Aid Fund, and a bill establishing the limitations on the number of foster children who may be placed in a foster home. You can read the details below.

As always, …

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2016 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY!

2016 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY!

The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) asked female legislators from across the country to read Grace for President, a story that teaches an important lesson about leadership to girls and boys in their districts. I will be reading to several elementary schools in the community during the upcoming weeks in honor of Women’s History Month. This week, I was at Satchelford Elementary.

I was honored to be asked to speak at the Capitol City Club at the Women in Politics Breakfast Forum with Amanda …

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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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