The Docket

A continually updated list of bills, issues, or other public policy initiatives being discussed or decided on this legislative session, which have the potential to impact the arts.

Dedicated mostly to state issues, "The Docket" will be most active during the SC Legislative Session (Jan-May + Vetoes), but will address national items as needed.
Bills listed below are added once they are "Pre-Filed". It is important to note that the vast majority of pre-filed bills never make it out of their respective Committees, however they are listed here so that we can track them just in case.
Note: An asterisk " * " denotes a bill filed in the last calendar year, but is still considered "active" and may be brought forward further this year.

State & Federal Issues

Summary: In June of 2017, Gov. Henry McMaster

in arts funding slated for grants.

Status: SC Senate takes up vote on January 15
- The SC House voted to override the arts veto 101-9
- The Legislature delayed voting on all vetoes until January 2018.

Summary: The SC Arts Commission is requesting $500,000 in new General Fund support, and $500,000 increase in Education Improvement Act funds for arts education.

Status: Agency awaits budget hearings.
- Education Oversight Committee included $500,000 increase in EIA funding for arts education in their recommendations.

 

Note: General Fund and EIA funding each have different paths to approval.

Summary: Funding for the NEA has been included in both House and Senate budgets. The House cuts the total NEA budget by $5m, to $145m, while the Senate maintains funding levels at $150m.

Status: Federal government is operating on a Continuing Resolution (maintaining prior funding levels) until a budget deal is worked out between the House and the Senate.

Summary: Led by the Republican majority, Congress has worked on a tax reform package, the first in over 30 years.

Status: Signed into law in December of 2017. For an overview of the changes specific to the arts and nonprofit communities, click here.

SC House Bills

Summary: Deals with Legislative Caucuses and their management.

Status:
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Judiciary Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to Judiciary Committee.
- Pre-Filed: November 2017

 

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Summary: Concurrent Resolution requesting adequate funding for education in South Carolina from the federal government.

Status:
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Invitations & Memorials Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to Invitations & Memorials Committee
- Pre-Filed: November 2017

 

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Summary: Allows students at charter schools, Governor's schools, and private schools to participate in public school interscholastic activities for credit.

Status:
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Education & Public Works Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to Education & Public Works Committee
- Pre-Filed: November 2017

 

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Summary: Places a voluntary check box on all voter registration applications to allow individuals to declare party affiliation.

Status:
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Judiciary Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to: Judiciary Committee
- Pre-Filed: November 2017

 

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Summary: Parent or Guardian of a K-12 student can earn up to 8 hours of paid leave by participating in school activities (not including attendance at sporting events).

Status:
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Ways & Means Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to: Ways & Means
- Pre-Filed: December 2017

 

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Summary: Campaign contributors would not be permitted to be appointed to a position of honor or profit by the Legislature or elected body.

Status:
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Judiciary Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to: Judiciary Committee
- Pre-Filed: December 2017

 

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Summary: Creates a re-districiting committee after the next Census. Two seats appointed by Gov, two by House, two by Senate, one appointed at-large by committee members.

Status:
- Referred to: Judiciary
- Pre-Filed: December 2017

 

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Summary: Makes the Secretary of State for SC an Governor-appointed position.

Status:
- Referred to: Judiciary Committee
- Pre-Filed: December 2017

 

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Summary: Requires any nonprofit receiving $100 or more from a state agency to file quarterly reports on the expenditures related to received funds.

Status:
- Referred to: House Ways & Means
- Introduced + First Reading (3/7/17)

 

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Summary: Allows certain American Indian tribes in South Carolina to use wild animal products (not prohibited by Federal gov't) in arts and crafts offered for public sale.
Status:
- Referred to: Committee on Agricultural, Natural Resources, & Environmental Affairs (1/18/17)

Summary: Allows creation of “Promenade Pride Districts” by local political subdivisions. Further, any improvement or addition to any real property located within the district is exempt from any property tax levied by the political subdivision for seven years.

Status:
- Referred to: Ways & Means Committee
- Introduced + First Reading (1/10/17)
- Pre-Filed + Referred to: Ways & Means Committee

 

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Summary: Allows Marching Band to be accepted in lieu of physical education instruction in public schools.

Status:
- Referred to: Education & Public Works

 

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Summary: Requires a nonprofit organizations receiving a contribution from a State agency to provide certain financial disclosures.

Status:
- Referred to: Ways & Means Committee

 

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Summary: Requiring movie theaters, sports arenas, and concert venues to install and operate metal detectors.

Status:
- Referred to: Judiciary Committee

 

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SC Senate Bills

Summary: Requires any camp to be certified by DHEC and creates requirements for those camps.

Status:
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Committee on General (1/9/18)
- Referred to: Committee on General
- Pre-Filed: December 2017

 

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Summary: Moves general election primaries to the 1st Tuesday of May.

Status:
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Judiciary Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to: Judiciary Committee
- Pre-Filed: December 2017

 

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Summary: Creates new state income tax brackets and phases them in.

Status: 
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Finance Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to: Finance Committee
- Pre-Filed: December 2017

 

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Summary: Retired teachers, who maintain certification, are exempt from earning limitations if they return to the classroom.

Status: 
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Finance Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to: Finance Committee
- Pre-Filed: December 2017

 

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Summary: Eliminates the Education Oversight Committee. Establishes 5-person committee to review how to distribute duties of EOC to the Department of Education. Effective July 1, 2020.

Status:
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Education Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to: Education
- Pre-Filed: December 2017

 

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Summary: Retired teachers can return to classroom without impact to their monthly retirement payouts (if returning to critical need areas - content or geographic).

Status:
- Introduced + First Reading + Referred to Finance Committee (1/9/18)
- Referred to: Finance
- Pre-Filed: December 2017

 

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Summary: Allows Marching Band to be accepted in lieu of physical education instruction in public schools. (Senate version of H.3071)

Status: 
- Referred to: Education

 

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Summary: Makes adjustments to the selection process for the Poet Laureate of South Carolina. New process would add recommendations of the Arts Commission instead of purely the choice of the Governor.
Status:
- Referred to House Judiciary Committee. (3/7/17)
- Passed Senate on 3rd reading and sent to the House.
- Passed on Second Reading 41-0 
- Reported out of Committee with favorable recommendation.
- Introduced and referred to Committee of the General