South Carolina Legislative Actions for the 2009-2010 Session


What you need to know

May 16th, 2010


Our sad episode of tax inequality this year:


H-3584: A 50 cent increase per pack; used for used for Medicaid, Smoking Cessation Programs and some other pork projects.


Sponsors: Harrell, Bingham, Cooper, Harrison, Owens, Sandifer, White, Crawford, Bannister, Huggins, Sottile, Spires, Herbkersman, Loftis, Bowen, Erickson, Daning, Hardwick, J.R. Smith, Pinson, Toole, Brady, Clemmons, Edge, Forrester, Frye, Gullick, Hearn, Hiott, Horne, Kelly, Littlejohn, Long, E.H. Pitts, Rice, Skelton, D.C. Smith, G.M. Smith, Whitmire, Wylie, Gunn and Limehouse



As you are probably aware, our good Governor, Mark Sanford, vetoed this bill. Unfortunately, the House and Senate overrode those vetoes. This tax will go into effect  on July 1st of this year.


These Are The Guilty - Those who voted yes to override the veto. Remember their names and, given good alternatives this year for the House and in two years for the Senate and House, vote accordingly. See HERE for active House races this year (some of the below are unopposed this year) - Primary on June 8th, General election in November. This info will always be here.


The Guilty in the House, veto override vote of 5/12/2010:































The Guilty in the Senate, veto override vote of 5/13/2010:















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Below are all the current bills I have found that threaten us. Ban legislation is directly below; tax increase legislation is grouped after that. Within category Bills are largely listed by alphabetical bill number.


Clicking on the bill number below will link to the SC Statehouse website and bring up all the details of the bill and its status.


While all of these bills are a threat to individual choice, individual liberty and gross taxation without representation, the ones judged to be the most threatening in terms of anti-backing and representative placation of anti are splashed in red.


See what’s threatening us below, then take action!!! (click here for help in taking action)

Please note: bills starting with S originate from the Senate, H originate from the House


Smoking Bans:



S-23: Ban in car when person less than 10 years old is present.


Sponsors: Jackson


Comment: This attack on driver’s freedoms is moving through the Senate!!!



S-31: Outdoor ban on smoking on public school grounds (showing little respect for teachers and adult visitors)


Sponsors: Jackson



S-38: Ban smoking everywhere (i.e. restaurants, bars, anywhere where people might enjoy themselves)


Sponsors: Ford



H-3023: Ban in car when person less than 18 years old is present.


Sponsors: M.A. Pitts, Merrill, Parker, Brady



H-3082: Ban in car when person present is “preschool age”


Sponsors: Clyburn, King, Parker



H-3091: Ban smoking in restaurants and bars.


Sponsors: King, Gunn



H-3113: Ban smoking everywhere (i.e. restaurants, bars, anywhere where people might enjoy themselves)


Sponsors: Rutherford, King, Gunn, McEachern



H-3317: Ban in car when person present is less than 10 years old.


Sponsors: Bales



H-3445: Ban in car when person present is “preschool age” Mirrors S-23


Sponsors: Clyburn, Sellers, Brantley, Frye, Allen, Allison, Anderson, R.L. Brown, Cobb-Hunter, Daning, Dillard, Hosey, Howard, Hutto, Limehouse, Moss, J.H. Neal, Parker, Rice and Spires


Comment: Given the number of sponsors, this bill is a threat!! Contact your representative ASAP and protest this taking of individual liberty.



H-3523: Ban everywhere, exempting private clubs.


Sponsors: Skelton

Cigarette tax increases:


H-3014: A 37 cent increase per pack; used to fund anti smoking groups, education programs and nursing programs.


Sponsors: M.A. Pitts and Guilliard



H-3119: A 30 cent increase per pack; half is used to reimburse people for use of anti programs, the other half to general revenue.


Sponsors: Hosey



H-3204: A 93 cent increase per pack - then indexed to increase annually as the consumer price index increases (yes, that means automatic yearly increases with no votes on it); used to fund small business health insurance and anti programs.


Sponsors: whipper and Hutto



H-3206: A 25 cent increase per pack; used to expand medicaid.


Sponsors: White



H-3211: A 93 cent increase per pack; used for medicaid and healthcare access.


Sponsors: Gunn



H-3470: A 50 cent increase per pack; used for anti smoking groups, agriculture, medicaid, health care and the funding of collection.


Sponsors: Skelton



H-3471: A 45 cent increase per pack; used for mental health, tax credit for certain health savings accounts, rest to general fund.


Sponsors: Chalk



H-3486: Sets tax on cigarettes to automatically adjust to the “Southeastern” average - yeah, no votes on increases, just automatic; used for anti smoking groups, agriculture, medicaid, health care and the funding of collection.


Sponsors: J.E. Smith


Agnew

Alexander

Allen

Anderson

Anthony

Bales

Ballentine

Bannister

Bingham

Bowers

Brady

Branham

Brantley

G. A. Brown

H. B. Brown

R. L. Brown

Chalk

Clemmons

Clyburn

Cobb-Hunter

Cole

Crawford

Daning

Delleney

Dillard

Erickson

Forrester

Frye

Funderburk

Gilliard

Govan

Gunn

Harrell

Harrison

Hart

Harvin

Hayes

Hearn

Herbkersman

Hiott

Hodges

Horne

Hosey

Howard

Huggins

Hutto

Jefferson

Jennings

Kelly

King

Knight

Limehouse

Littlejohn

Long

Lucas

Mack

McEachern

McLeod

Merrill

Miller

Mitchell

V. S. Moss

J. H. Neal

J. M. Neal

Neilson

Ott

Owens

Parks

Pinson

Rice

Rutherford

Sellers

Skelton

D. C. Smith

G. M. Smith

J. E. Smith

J. R. Smith

Sottile

Spires

Stavrinakis

Umphlett

Vick

Weeks

Whipper

Whitmire

Williams

Willis

Wylie

A. D. Young

T. R. Young

Alexander

Anderson

Campbell

Campsen

Cleary

Coleman

Cromer

Elliott

Fair

Ford

Hayes

Hutto

Jackson

Land

Leatherman

Leventis

Lourie

Malloy

Martin, Larry

Massey

Matthews

McConnell

McGill

Nicholson

O'Dell

Pinckney

Rankin

Reese

Rose

Scott

Setzler

Sheheen

Williams