Dec
21

Rep. Chip Limehouse pre-files H.3087

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State HouseOn December 11, 2014 Rep. Chip Limehouse of Charleston District 110, pre-filed bill H.3087 that seeks to require voters in South Carolina to be registered as a member of a political party at least 30 days prior to the primary in order to participate in choosing that party’s candidates for office. Section 3(B) of the bill would allow political parties, during their state conventions, the latitude to add by party rule to the qualifications for membership in the party and add to the qualifications for voters to vote in that party’s primary.

“3(B) A person may not belong to a party club or vote in a primary unless he is a registered elector and a member of that party. The state convention of any a political party, organization, or association in this State may add by party rules to the qualifications for membership in the party, organization, or association and for voting at the primary elections if the qualifications do not conflict with the provisions of this section or with the Constitution and laws of this State or of the United States.”

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Jun
3

SC Sen. Shane Martin – Bi – Weekly Update #9

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Shane Martin2013-2014 Budget Bill

We have completed work on the 2013-2014 budget for South Carolina, and once again I faced the choice of taking the easy path of voting for the budget once it became a done deal or sticking with my principles and saying no to politics as usual. I had to say no. For most of my adult life I have heard about the underfunding of public education. During my time in the Senate, I have heard other senators who, each year during the budget debate, make lengthy floor speeches about it. This year the Education Finance Act (EFA) was scheduled to be about $500 million below the statutory requirement, but we also have nearly $700 million in new money for the year. I authored an amendment to fully fund the EFA (which most refer to as Base Student Cost). I also put up amendments to fully fund local government and the school bus replacement cycle. I quickly discovered that when given the chance to vote for education funding, school buses and local governments, my colleagues really didn’t want too. They complained “we can’t do that”, and one actually told me that the permanent South Carolina Code (in the nice blue books) really isn’t the law at all but that the real law is what we pass in the budget every year. The $700 million of new money will be spent in other ways and we will still have to hear about the underfunding of public education and no doubt this will continue to be an excuse to raise taxes.  As long as these games continue to be played with taxpayer money, I will have to continue to vote “no” on our budgets.

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Mar
10

This Week In The Senate

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Senate_logo On The Floor
The Appointment of the Superintendent of Education bill, which was set for priority status on special order, will hit the floor for debate. The NDAA Nullification bill has been blocked by a minority report.

The bill that would allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry firearms into bars and restaurants has also been blocked by a minority report.

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