Behind the Scenes: Floor of the SC House

From time to time, I like to record for you what goes on INSIDE the State House as well as what goes on OUTSIDE the State House.

Of course, if you’re very interested, you can always follow the action on the House and Senate floors or any committee meetings by going to SCStatehouse.gov .

Ever since you first sent me to Columbia, I’ve worked to keep you informed. If you do not currently receive my regular COMMUNITY UPDATE emails, please email me at NathanBallentine@schouse.gov and let me know to add you to the distribution list!

I hope everyone is staying safe as we continue to work to return life back to normal. I have a COVID vaccine update I will be emailing later this evening!

The Weekly Rewind – Week of January 12th

HOUSE WEEK IN REVIEW
January 15, 2021

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, lawmakers gathered in Columbia to commence the 124th South Carolina General Assembly.

The House of Representatives adopted H.3581, a resolution for House rules changes that allow for its committees to conduct online virtual meetings, rather than in-person gatherings, in order to minimize the risk of coronavirus spread. The revised rules provide authority for House Committee Chairmen to designate alternative meeting arrangements and procedures, which may only be implemented in the event that extraordinary circumstances, such as natural disasters, severe weather, and Acts of God, render them necessary. The alternative meeting arrangements and procedures must: (1) provide for public observation or participation as required by House Rules and state statutes; (2) provide both a video and audio component that is publicly accessible; and, (3) record the meeting, in its entirety, and make the recording available on the General Assembly website, as soon as practicable following the meeting.

The Speaker of the House announced that committees and subcommittees will be conducting business remotely over the next few days through the virtual meetings authorized under the new House Rules. The House adjourned to meet again in statewide session at the Capitol upon the call of the Speaker.

The House amended, approved, and sent the Senate H.3481, a joint resolution suspending a transfer of funds to the South Carolina Retiree Health Insurance Trust Fund for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. The suspension allows the Public Employee Benefit Authority to retain these funds and continue to use them to address claims, which PEBA anticipates will be increasing following the delays in scheduling elective surgeries caused by COVID-19 shutdowns.

The House recalled from the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs H.3602, a bill directing the Department of Health and Environmental Control to temporarily authorize qualified health care workers to administer approved COVID-19 vaccinations regardless of whether the health care workers are otherwise prohibited from doing so under any professional scope of practice or unauthorized practice provision of law.

Outside State House: F3 Lake Murray

Want to continue to give y’all a behind the scenes look at your Representative. Over the years, we’ve had thousands of new residents in Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo, and I want to let you see a side of me in 2021 you may not see normally. These clips will be about a minute long. No idea what the next one will be. Just thought might be good to see the “normal” side of me. I’m not all suit/tie and State House 24/7/365.

Earlier videos:

Outside the State House: Movement Mortgage

Outside the State House: White Tail Deer Hunting

WANTED: Chapin Chamber of Commerce Member Services

Outside the State House: Movement Mortgage

Want to continue to give y’all a behind the scenes look at your Representative. Over the years, we’ve had thousands of new residents in Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo, and I want to let you see a side of me in 2021 you may not see normally. These clips will be about a minute long. No idea what the next one will be. Just thought might be good to see the “normal” side of me. I’m not all suit/tie and State House 24/7/365.

Earlier videos:

Outside the State House: White Tail Deer Hunting

Covid-19 Vaccination Information

From SCDHEC website

Immunization with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is a critical component of the United States’ strategy to reduce COVID-19-related illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths and to help put an end to the pandemic. The federal government has stated its goal is to have enough COVID-19 vaccine for all people who wish to be vaccinated. However, in the initial stages of the national COVID-19 Vaccination Program, there is limited supply of the vaccine.

From December 14-16, 2020, South Carolina received its first allocation of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The state received 42,900 doses. Health care facilities received allocations directly from the federal government and have begun vaccinating their front-line medical workers in accordance with phase 1a vaccination guidance. The state is expected to receive between 200,000 to 300,000 doses by the end of the year, however, those amounts are subject to change.

This webpage is a key resource for providing COVID-19 vaccine information in South Carolina and is updated regularly to provide the most current and factual information available.

SC historians settle on new Palmetto State flag

NOTE: The group includes a member of our community….(from the article) The group, which included acclaimed historian Walter Edgar and Department of Archives and History Director Eric Emerson, sought the help of archeologists and several museums to track down the earliest editions of the state flag.

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COLUMBIA — A high-powered team of historians has done the research and determined what South Carolina’s state flag should look like once and for all.

Rest assured, not much is changing.

The flag will still feature a white Palmetto tree and crescent against an indigo blue backdrop, a combination of historically significant elements that makes South Carolina’s flag one of the most iconic banners in the country — and, arguably, one of the good ones.

But next year, lawmakers will have a chance to nail down details of the design that have been in flux since the last official flag specifications were repealed in 1940.

The height and shape of the tree in the flag’s center. The shade of indigo that colors the background. The thickness and angle of the crescent in the upper left hand corner — note: the crescent is not a moon, historians say.

All have been left to the creative imagination of individual designers in lieu of specifications set out in state law.

That’s why the Palmetto tree design on your ballcap might look skinnier than the one on your beer koozie. It’s why the crescent on the flag atop the Statehouse dome might point a different direction than the one on your front porch flag.

But no more.

To read more from the Post and Courier

Outside of the State House: White Tail Deer Hunting

Want to give y’all a behind the scenes look at your Representative. Over the years, we’ve had thousands of new residents in Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo, and I want to let you see a side of me in 2021 you may not see normally. These clips will be about a minute long. No idea what the next one will be. Just thought might be good to see the “normal” side of me. I’m not all suit/tie and State House 24/7/365.

Merry Christmas!

Covid-19 may have changed the world; but hopefully it didn’t change your love for family, friends and faith.

Merry Christmas from our family!

Nathan

Another 100 bills prefiled in House

Last week, more than 800 bills were pre-filed by the House and Senate.

This week, House members filed another 100+ bills. You can see this recent group by clicking here .

These bills have a two-year life-cycle and must either become law before we adjourn the upcoming two-year session – or they die. Most of these bills may never get a hearing at any level or in any chamber.

If one (or more) are important to you, let your elected official know.

Here’s a post several years ago to compare the number of legislation filed then – as well as watch a “classic” from my childhood that actually does a good job explaining the process of how a bill becomes a law.