Pre filed bills for 2022 – which ones interest you?

Over the past two weeks, the following bills have been pre-filed for the 2022 session (which begins in January and runs through most likely May).

Which ones of these interest you?

November 10, 2021

November 17, 2021

As I shared at the Chapin Chamber breakfast this morning, I no longer simply put my names on bill (known as cospnosoring) just to ‘check a box’. I have learned that language matters and that sometimes, while the bill reads and sounds great, it doesn’t (or can’t do) what the reader (or member) proposes.

Sometimes bills are “inartfully drawn” (as are amendments that fly on the house floor during debates) and what is intended is not what is actually written.

I’m currently looking into a few of these and if I believe they can do what is written or intended, I can co-sponsor them and talk with other colleagues and work to get the bill passed to the Senate. Keep in mind, these bills – and the hundreds already on file from earlier in 2021, have to pass both bodies in the same language before being sent to the Governor’s desk. They must do this before we adjourn in May/June or else the bill(s) are “dead” and new ones will have to be drafted for the 2023-2024 session.

Would love to hear your thoughts here in comments section or at my state house office NathanBallentine@schouse.gov.

Thanks for your advice and feedback!

Redistricting – proposed new House District 71

New proposed House District 71 (white area in photo) under the SC House Redistricting plan that goes before a special House Committee tomorrow. The once-a-decade realignment is triggered by census findings showing population growth and shifts across the state.

While our area population grew, most of Richland County did not. That means some voters in the lower part of the district have shifted into another district that needed more voters. As proposed Oak Pointe 1, Parkridge 1 and Parkridge 2 voters would be in House District 73 (pink area in photo). This is similar to a decade ago when some of the Riverwalk precincts were drawn into HD 73 to help that district keep their numbers close to the required number.

Plans are not final until voted upon by the SC General Assembly and any potential review by the courts.

For more information, visit https://redistricting.schouse.gov

Meet your newest District 5 Board Member: Tifani Moore


From WLTX website

IRMO, S.C. — Voters in Lexington-Richland School District Five selected a new school board member in a special election held on Tuesday.

In unofficial results from the Richland County Election Commission, Tifani Moore won the election with 2,322 votes, 56.18% of votes cast. The election results will be officially certified on Friday.

Tifani Moore is the Development Director of LRADAC (Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council). Moore is a mother of three children, who attended Lexington-Richland Five schools, and is a member of the Dutch Fork Middle School improvement council (2020-2021). For additional info, visit District 5 website

On her Facebook page, Moore said: “My goal is to bring transparency and sensible decision-making to the school board with a keen focus on supporting all of our students in District Five and the outstanding professional educators and staff in Lex-Rich Five.”

On her Facebook page, Moore said: “My goal is to bring transparency and sensible decision-making to the school board with a keen focus on supporting all of our students in District Five and the outstanding professional educators and staff in Lex-Rich Five.”

Three candidates were vying for the seat on the Lexington-Richland District Five school board — Haley Griggs, Jeffrey Herring and Tifani Moore.

The seat was vacated by Ed White, who resigned in protest after former Superintendent Christina Melton stepped down in June.

UPDATED: Voting Locations for 10/12 School Board Election

Just received these updates from Richland County this afternoon! Please be sure you know what location to go vote on election day. If you are uncertain of your precinct name below, click here and find that out.

Dutch Fork 1 / Dutch Fork 2 Dutch Fork Middle School 15828 Old Tamah Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Dutch Fork 3 / Dutch Fork 4 River Springs Church 1007 W Shady Grove Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Friarsgate 1 / Friarsgate 2 Friarsgate Park 1712 Chadford Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Harbison 1 / Harbison 2 Harbison Community Ctr 106 Hillpine Rd, Columbia, SC 29212

Oak Pointe 1/ Oak Pointe 2 Oak Pointe Elementary Sch 1 River Bottom Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Oak Pointe 3 Hope Lutheran Church 1400 Kennerly Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Old Friarsgate / Riversprings 2
Dutch Fork Elementary 7900 Broad River Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Parkridge 1 / Parkridge 2
Grace United Methodist 410 Harbison Blvd, Columbia, SC 29212

Riversprings 1/ Riversprings 3 Decided Church 2101 Kennerly Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Riverwalk Episcopal Ch/St Simon/St Jude 1110 Kinley Rd, Irmo, SC 29063

Spring Hill
Chapin Middle School 11661 Broad River Rd, Chapin, SC 29036

Springville 1 / Springville 2
Lake Murray Elementary 1531 Three Dog Rd, Chapin, SC 29036

Who’s running for School Board Special Election?

Earlier, I shared information on important dates for that upcoming election as well as voting locations . Stay tuned, there may be a change in some of the locations and as soon as that gets finalized, I will let you know.

To see who has officially filed to run, click here.

There are Town of Chapin and Town of Irmo elections later this year (November 2, 2021) and filing for those offices will open on later this month (August 23)

Everyone knows that I do not endorse locally and stay out of local races. Why? Because local candidates have plenty of opportunity to get their message out, meet with voters, and be seen around town.

I hope you’ll continue to stay informed of what’s happening at the State House and around our community by visiting Nathan’s News often during the month. If you do not receive my regular COMMUNITY UPDATE email, please let me know by emailing me at NathanBallentine@schouse.gov and I can add you to the distribution. I’ve been sending regular updates to our community for more than 15 years. That email usually goes out the first week of each month.

16th Annual Irmo Community Prayer Breakfast


Hope to see you there! RSVP today and let Desiree know if you’d like to sponsor a table!

First time at East Lake Community Church!

For information past Prayer Breakfasts, please click here .

2020 Gateway Baptist – speaker Rob Settle, Executive Director The Providence Home
2019 St Andrews Presbyterian – speaker Brittany Maier & Tammy Maier-Scher
2018 Riverland Hills Baptist – speaker Jose Alvarez, retired Atlanta Braves Pitcher, FCA
2017 River Springs Church – speaker Dr. Wendell Estep, retired First Baptist Church of Columbia
2016 Union United Methodist Church – speaker Marcus Lattimore
2015 St. Paul AME Church – speaker in memory of Senator Clementa Pinckney
2014 Gateway Baptist Church – speaker Chris Joye
2013 St. Andrews Presbyterian – speaker Shelley Bryson King, Miss South Carolina 2006
2012 Riverland Hills Baptist – Jim “Soni” Sonefeld – member Hootie and the Blowfish
2011 Seven Oaks Presbyterian – Steve Arnold, operator Chick-fil-A Ballentine
2010 First Baptist of Irmo -speaker Adrian Despres, chaplain USC football team
2009 St. Mary’s Episcopal – speaker Eddie Walker, then principal of Irmo High School
2008 Gateway Baptist – speaker Jeff Davis, former Clemson football player
2007 St. Andrews Presbyterian – speaker A.V Strong, director A Better Way, Project Gang Out
2006 Riverland Hills Baptist – speaker Bob McAlister, McAlister Communications

Open Carry Law – what you need to know August 15th

For background information, click here .

School Board Election Update – where do I vote?

Earlier this month I shared important date information regarding the upcoming special election to fill a void on our School Board.

That information is now also up on the Richland County Election website along with voting precinct locations.

See photo above and be sure you know where to show up on election day. If you aren’t sure what your precinct name is, please check your voter registration by clicking here and then BE SURE YOU CHECK PHOTO/WEBSITE LINK SO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU WILL VOTE ON ELECTION DAY. IT MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM WHERE THAT PRECINCT NORMALLY VOTES.

Redistricting – what does it mean to you?

For an thorough summary, you can click here to see what Ballotpedia says about it.

In simpler terms, I’d say it means that you may have a different Representative or Senator here in South Carolina. Or maybe a different US House member. It’s a long process that has to go through the courts once we finally approve a plan for the State. The plan must be approved (like all laws) by House, Senate, Governor.

Ten years ago, I was around when we did this the last time. I ended up “losing” some of my constituents over on Lost Creek and the Harbison area. I still stay in touch with many; but they have been represented by Rep Chris Hart since that time. When I say “lose” it means they no longer see my name on their ballots when they go to vote.

This time around, I may “lose” some more constituents because House District 71 has grown a lot in the past 10 years. Once the data comes in, other districts may have seen numbers shrink. The goal is to have each Representative serve the same amount of people across the state (as close as possible). Same with the Senate.

Currently (rough estimate), a House member represents around 35,000 individuals in SC and a Senator Represents 100,000. The math is: Take total population and divide by 124 for House. Take total population and divide by 46 for Senate.

To this day, many people don’t know who their elected officials are. If you are one of those, you can find out very quickly by going to the State House Website . Look down at the bottom of the screen (if on laptop) and type in address under FIND LEGISLATORS. (*If you are using mobile device, just go click on Find Your Legislators and input your address.)

Many folks out here also don’t know if Chip or I are their representative. Which is perfectly fine. We are deskmates and work well together and usually help whoever comes our way, regardless which district they live in. Rep Huggins represents House District 85 and we literally have streets where I represent one side and he represents the other.

You can see on the memo from House Judiciary Chairman, Chris Murphy, the House AdHoc Committee will convene soon. The Senate started their meetings earlier this month.

As we move through the process, I will keep you posted. If you have any questions, you can certainly reach out to me and I will get answers for you.

Golf Carts on our roads – did you know?

I’ve had several people ask, so here is a summary & links to more info.

“Before you or someone you know takes a golf cart for a drive, be sure to follow the checklist below:

✔️The golf cart must be insured, permitted, and registered with SCDMV using the following link, http://scdmvonline.com/Vehicle-Owners/Types-Of-Vehicles/Golf-Cart.
✔️The golf cart must remain within 4 miles of your home, where it is legal to drive.
✔️The golf cart may be operated on roads with posted speeds of less than 35 mph only.
✔️The golf cart may be operated during daylight hours only.
✔️The driver must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license.”

Here is the SC law. I suggest checking with local governments for their ordinances as well.

BE SAFE OUT THERE!