8 weeks away from June 14th Primary!

We’re 8 weeks away from the June 14th Primary! I never take your support for granted and am humbled by the calls, emails, donations, and offers to display yard signs in the coming weeks! Asking for money stinks. Especially in these times of high gas, groceries, everything else, but if you can help, I’d appreciate it.You know I will spend it wisely.

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The Weekly Rewind: Week of April 5th

House Floor Review
April 7, 2022

The House amended, gave third reading and sent to the Senate H. 4608, the “Save Women’s Sports Act.” The bill expresses the intent of General Assembly “to maintain opportunities for female athletes…and to provide them with…numerous other long-term benefits that result from participating and competing in athletic endeavors.” Athletic teams and sports must adopt a sex-specific designation in order to “maintain fairness for women’s athletic opportunities.”

The following activities are covered by the bill: interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, and club athletic teams sponsored by a public secondary school or public postsecondary institution. Teams or sports must be expressly designated as one of the following: males, men, or boys; females, women, or girls; or, coed or mixed (both males and females). Male sports or teams may allow female participation; however, female sports or teams are not open to males.
For the purposes of the bill, biological sex is determined at a team or sport member’s birth. A birth certificate is considered to correctly state an athlete’s biological sex if it is filed at, or near, the time of their birth. Students subjected to retaliation or other adverse actions by a school, public postsecondary institution, or athletic organization for reporting a violation of the law may file a private cause of action for injunctive relief, damages, and other relief available under law. Schools or public postsecondary institutions that suffer direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this section may bring a private cause of action for injunctive relief, damages, and any other relief available under law against the governmental entity, licensing or accrediting organization, or athletic association.

The House sent H. 5215 to the Senate. The bill authorizes a “University of South Carolina 2017 and 2022 Women’s Basketball National Champions’ Special License Plates.”

H. 3205 Constitutional Convention of the States was ratified as R. 141, and then sent to the Governor for his signature. It authorizes making an application to the US Congress to call a convention for proposing constitutional amendments pursuant to the US Constitution, Article V. The scope of this convention is limited to proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and Congressional members.

The House approved and sent the Senate H. 5198, a bill to restructure the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees. The legislation provides for the terms of the current elected and appointed trustees to expire on June 30, 2023, and makes provisions for a reconstituted board that is reduced in number from twenty to thirteen voting members (with no holdovers allowed).

Under the revisions, the General Assembly elects one board member from each of the state’s seven congressional districts, rather than from the sixteen judicial circuits. The General Assembly elects four at-large members each of whom must reside in a county in which the University of South Carolina operates a branch campus. No board member can reside in the same county as another board member. The legislation establishes a two-year term for the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and provides that a Chairman may serve no more than two terms.

The Governor appoints two at-large members. In addition, the Governor cannot preside over any meeting of this board. In addition to these thirteen voting members, the reconstituted board has three nonvoting ex-officio members: the governor, the president of the Greater University of South Carolina Alumni Association, and the president of the student body of the University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus. In any event, the student body president’s term will last while they serve as such, and no longer.

Elections will be held to set up this newly-constituted board, and initial board members’ terms staggered so that all board positions will not expire at the same time again. Nothing in these revisions prevents current board members from seeking re-election to this board.

The House approved the proposed committee amendment, gave third reading and sent to the Senate H. 3840, a bill that establishes the “Audiology and Speech-Language Interstate Compact Act.” The purpose of this compact is to facilitate interstate practice of audiology and speech-language pathology with the goal of improving public access to the services. Among many things, this bill sets minimum education and training requirements for audiologist and speech language pathologist in member states. In addition, a participating licensee must have a current unrestricted license to practice in home state and must have no history of disciplinary actions or criminal records that violates the rules of the compact. The bill adds that the department shall require a national criminal records check, supported by fingerprints, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The House approved the proposed committee amendment, gave second reading, and sent to the Senate H. 4614, a bill that allows Sunday hunting on wildlife management area (WMA) lands owned by the Department of Natural Resources or leased from the USDA Forest Service. Currently, there is a ban on Sunday hunting. The department must submit a regulation dealing with Sunday hunting to be filed for General Assembly review no later than December 31, 2022. The bill also includes that prior to final regulation submission, the regulation shall be referred to the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee for approval. This bill outlines that the purchaser/buyer of real property is solely responsible for investigating off site conditions of the property including but not limited to adjacent properties being used for agricultural purposes.
The House amended, approved, and sent the Senate H. 5057, annual tax conformity legislation. The legislation updates references to the federal Internal Revenue Code in state income tax law provisions to provide for coordination between state and federal income tax law provisions. For tax year 2021, South Carolina adopts the federal exclusion from gross income for targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan advances received from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the federal exclusion from gross income for restaurant revitalization grant amounts received from the SBA as provided in the American Rescue Plan Act.

H. 3730 was ratified as R. 142, and then sent to the Governor for his signature. This bill would provide the additional circumstance of “other on-track equipment” (e.g., maintenance equipment) that would require a driver of a motor vehicle to stop a vehicle approaching a railroad grade crossing in order to obey a signal that indicates an approaching train. The House earlier concurred in the Senate’s amendments to H. 3730. The Senate deleted a section that included restrictions and fines on railroad companies for loitering locomotives and tardy trains, believing this to be a federal prerogative.
H. 4618 was ratified as R. 144, and then sent to the Governor for his signature. The bill regards bus definitions and stopping requirements at railroad tracks. The House amendment also clarified stopping requirements involving hazardous materials. These changes conform with federal law.
The House amended, gave third reading and sent to the Senate H. 4999, legislation giving DHEC another method to address hazardous waste cleanup. The legislation introduces the option of doing a site specific cleanup approach using a risk-based methodology, which means that each site would be viewed individually and evaluated with respect to its specific circumstances and risks posed to that site, its neighbors, air, land, surface, and groundwater. Current and future planned uses would also be taken into account. Current hazardous waste cleanup laws have not been really updated in the last 40 years, and this legislation takes into account that incidents do not need the same clean up approach. This, as a result, allows for a quicker turn around in the cleanup process. It is noted that some hazardous waste cannot be cleaned up to a suitable level and would require land use restrictions for the property. [Read more…]

House Floor: Save Women’s Sports

Leave a legacy at Lake Murray Dam

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From WLTX

LEXINGTON, S.C. — Area tourism officials announced on Saturday that Lake Murray will soon get its own welcome sign through a new project that will get the community involved.

The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board announced the new “Welcome to Lake Murray” sign project by email and through social media on Saturday morning. When complete, the new signage will be located at the Lake Murray Dam at the intersection of North Lake Drive, Lake Murray Boulevard, and Bush River Road.

In addition to providing a notable gateway to one of the area’s most well-known lakes, the new signage is also expected to give locals a chance to be part of the historic process.

Through its “buy-a-brick” campaign, donors can have their names – or the names of loved ones – etched into individual bricks.

“Your engraved brick will serve as a permanent and lasting memory in this community and the signage will help welcome the 1 million+ visitors that visit this region each year,” Miriam Atria, the tourism board president, said in a statement provided to News19.

The tourism board said that the period to purchase a brick will continue through May 31, though space is limited.

Those interested in purchasing a brick for the project can visit LakeMurrayCountry.com/brick, call 803-781-5940 Ext. 200 or stop by the Lake Murray Country Visitor’s Center at 2184 North Lake Drive, Columbia.

The Weekly Rewind: Week of March 29th

House Floor Review
March 31, 2022

Crossover Deadline and Upcoming Elections

March 23rd – March 25th the House was not in session in Columbia, giving me time back to meet with local groups and constituents and catch up on time with the family. (As well as focus on the job that pays the bils: Movement Mortgage). We returned to Columbia March 29- March 31st, and began aggressively dealing with a number of bills before the April 10 “crossover deadline”, the deadline we have to send bills to the State Senate to have them considered this session.

What “crossover” deadline means is that if a bill important to you has not passed at least one body (House or Senate) by that date, there is basically zero chance it will become law this year. If the Senate has already passed a bill (ex: Medicinal Marijuana), the House won’t take up debate on that bill until after crossover deadline so that we can focus on sending any House bills to the Senate before that important cut-off date. Vice versa, you won’t see the Senate debate any bills the House has sent them already until after that same date.

With a few weeks left in the session (we adjourn sine die on May 12th), here are a few bills that have been getting at lot of attention in the media as well as bills that I’ve been hearing your input about: Medicinal Marijuana, Save Women’s Sports, DHEC restructuring, Certificate of Need, and Critical Race Theory. I posted a video as well as some blog posts on my website asking for your input. Please visit www.nathansnews.com if you aren’t a regular visitor and let me know your thoughts on those bills or any other of interest.

Last week was also the filing deadline for the 124 seats in the SC House of Representatives. I filed on the first day (March 16th) eager to earn your continued support to represent you (House District 71) and your family again in Columbia! Two weeks later, with just 30 minutes left before the deadline of noon, another individual filed for the seat as well. I always look forward to campaigning and never take anything for granted. I will work just as hard as I’ve done with every election and hope the results will be the same! In a few weeks, the area will be cluttered with political signs. I’m sorry. That’s just how it is. Please know that wherever you see my large signs, the business owner has given me permission to place there. Likewise with the yards signs you will see in neighborhoods that allow them.

Our community will also see a campaign for the seat currently held by my good friend (and friend to many) Representative Chip Huggins (House District 85). Chip is retiring this year to spend more time with family (especially his new granddaughter Rory Ann!) Words can’t express how much I will personally miss him at the State House as well as the other 123 members of the SC House. Chip has served our area and state well for 23 years. During my time in office, I’ve worked with many elected officials and have seen NO ONE work harder for his constituents than Chip does. Our community will miss him tremendously! I won’t get involved in that campaign as you know I never endorse in local elections. There is plenty of time for each local candidate to get his/her message to the voters and work to earn your support. You don’t need me choosing for you!

Speaking of campaigns. We won’t see one this year for our local Richland County Council seat. After 16 years, Councilman Bill Malinowski is retiring and only one individual filed for that seat. Jason Branham will be unopposed and should represent our area well. I met Jason years ago and wish him the best with many local zoning ordinance issues as well as the county budget and other issues that impact our daily lives.

It’s an honor to serve you in Columbia and I hope on June 14th you’ll show your support again and send me back to the State House. If you’re still reading this, please take a minute to send a THANK YOU to Chip by calling or texting him at 803-331-8468. Let him know how much you appreciate him and give him any advice if you’re a grandparent!

I’m running and need your help!

Two weeks ago, on the first day filing opened, I filed to run for re-election to serve our community again in the State House!

Today, with just 30 minutes left until filing closed, an opponent filed to run in the June primary.

I love being in real campaigns and love when everyday people offer themselves up for public service. Unfortunately, many times, last minute filers come at the request from outside interest groups willing to bankroll this person and buy a seat to push agendas our community may not support.

Regardless, I will continue to work hard to earn your support. I never take anything for granted and hope I’ve earned your continued support and trust through the years of serving Chapin, Dutch Fork and Irmo.

We’ve had primary opponents in the past (and won 70%-25%-5% in the 2018 primary and won 84%-16% in the 2016 primary) and you’ve been a part of those overwhelming victories that sent me back to Columbia.

 

Can I count on you again?

 

Please let me know if you are willing to display a yard sign (I’ll deliver in May), if you’re willing to contribute funds to the campaign (click here) or if you’re willing to lend your name to the list of our early supporters.

Thanks for always being in my corner!

Nathan

www.nathansnews.com

End of Session – Major Legislation Pending

With just a few weeks left in this final year of the 2 year session, there are bills that either will become law or they will die.

Would love your feedback on any that interest you.

The ones mentioned in the video are some that are getting the most attention.

Chapin student cleaning up around town

If you’re like me, you may have missed this story recently about a local high school student pitching in to clean up the roads and neighborhoods in our community.

Last night, I just happened to see her and her mom on the side of the road; so I stopped to learn what they were doing.

I’m donating to her today and hope you will, too (click here)!

Here’s more on her story from WLTX:

CHAPIN, S.C. — Morgan Murphy is a sophomore at Chapin High School, raising money to go to Europe by cleaning up her community.

“I thought that it would be a good idea to have a fundraiser… I could pick up the trash, help the community and hopefully get a few dollars,” Murphy said.

The teen is raising money for a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field trip that her high school takes annually during Spring Break.

Next year, the school plans to travel to Europe to show students medical practices that were used in Scotland, France, and England. To raise enough money to go on the European trip, Murphy is cleaning up trash in exchange for donations to her travel funds.

“I’ve gotten a couple donations that were $100, some were $25,” Murphy said excitedly. “People are really into this.”

Residents in Chapin are keeping track of Murphy’s efforts on Facebook and donating money to her trip once trash is picked up from around their neighborhood.

Morgan’s mom, Rebecca Murphy, says her family has never seen this much litter before.

“Our family has actually moved four times. This is the first state that we’ve experienced this much trash on the sides of the roads,” her mother explained.

Morgan started collecting trash for her fundraiser two weeks ago, and so far, she has picked up 40 bags of trash along Three Dog, Dutch Fork, and Hiller Road. Murphy goes out and cleans up trash when she’s not at school or work, which isn’t a typical activity for teens her age.

“I’m super proud of her having the initiative,” her mother, Rebecca, said. “She didn’t come to us to ask us for money.”

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, South Carolina does not have a Bottle Bill that refunds the value of the container. However, it is free to sign up to become a ‘Litter Champion’ in Lexington County and you receive bags, gloves, a safety vest, and a trash grabber.

The Weekly Rewind: Week of March 22nd

House Floor Review
March 24, 2022

March 23rd – March 24th the House was not in session in Columbia, giving me time back to meet with local groups and constituents and catch up on time with the family. (As well as focus on the job that pays the bills: Movement Mortgage). We returned to Columbia March 29- March 31st, and began aggressively dealing with a number of bills before the April 10 “crossover deadline”, the deadline we have to send bills to the State Senate to have them considered this session.

What “crossover” deadline means is that if a bill important to you has not passed at least one body (House or Senate) by that date, there is basically zero chance it will become law this year. If the Senate has already passed a bill (ex: Medicinal Marijuana), the House won’t take up debate on that bill until after crossover deadline so that we can focus on sending any House bills to the Senate before that important cut-off date. Vice versa, you won’t see the Senate debate any bills the House has sent them already until after that same date.

With a few weeks left in the session (we adjourn sine die on May 12th), here are a few bills that have been getting at lot of attention in the media as well as bills that I’ve been hearing your input about: Medicinal Marijuana, Save Women’s Sports, DHEC restructuring, Certificate of Need, and Critical Race Theory. I posted a video as well as some blog posts on my website asking for your input. Please visit www.nathansnews.com if you aren’t a regular visitor and let me know your thoughts on those bills or any other of interest.

Last week was also the filing deadline for the 124 seats in the SC House of Representatives. I filed on the first day (March 16th) eager to earn your continued support to represent you (House District 71) and your family again in Columbia. Two weeks later, with just 30 minutes left before the deadline of noon, another individual filed for the seat as well. I always look forward to campaigning and never take anything for granted. I will work just as hard as I’ve done with every election and hope the results will be the same. In a few weeks, the area will be cluttered with political signs. I’m sorry. That’s just how it is. Please know that wherever you see my large signs, the business owner has given me permission to place there. Likewise with the yards signs you will see in neighborhoods that allow them.

Our community will also see a campaign for the seat currently held by my good friend (and friend to many) Representative Chip Huggins (House District 85). Chip is retiring this year to spend more time with family (especially his new granddaughter Rory Ann.) Words can’t express how much I will personally miss him at the State House as well as the other 123 members of the SC House. Chip has served our area and state well for 23 years. During my time in office, I’ve worked with many elected officials and have seen no one work harder for his constituents than Chip does. Our community will miss him tremendously. I won’t get involved in that campaign as you know I never endorse in local elections. There is plenty of time for each local candidate to get his/her message to the voters and work to earn your support. You don’t need me choosing for you.

Speaking of campaigns. We won’t see one this year for our local Richland County Council seat. After 16 years, Councilman Bill Malinowski is retiring and only one individual filed for that seat. Jason Branham will be unopposed and should represent our area well. I met Jason years ago and wish him the best with many local zoning ordinance issues as well as the county budget and other issues that impact our daily lives.

It’s an honor to serve you in Columbia and I hope on June 14th you’ll show your support again and send me back to the State House. If you’re still reading this, please take a minute to send a THANK YOU to Chip by calling or texting him at 803-331-8468. Let him know how much you appreciate him and give him any advice if you’re a grandparent.

Meet Krisdee Clark: Mrs. Capital City America 2022

Haven’t added to my “Meet your Neighbor” series in a while! It’s time…..

Chapin resident and Irmo native, Krisdee Clark, was recently chosen as Mrs. Capital City America 2022 and will be competing in the Mrs. South Carolina and Mrs. North Carolina pageant on June 25, 2022 in Newton, North Carolina. The winner of the Mrs. South Carolina title travels the Palmetto State promoting her personal platform and promoting the ideals of the pageant organization and goes on to compete at the national level in the Mrs. America Pageant in August 2022. The winner of the coveted Mrs. America crown will travel across the country making personal appearances and promoting her platform to a national audience during her year’s reign and will represent our country in the Mrs. World Pageant.

Krisdee grew up in Lexington Richland District 5 attending Harbison West Elementary, Irmo Middle School, Irmo High School and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in the number one ranked Sport and Entertainment Management college at USC. She has 2 children, Annabelle and Knox, and she and her husband Josh live on Lake Murray in Chapin. She is the Director of Corporate Affairs for Agape Care Group, the largest hospice in South Carolina and now moving into Georgia. Krisdee is a recent breast cancer survivor and is thrilled to bring her platform of breast cancer awareness and how women can thrive and feel beautiful after life’s storms to the state and hopefully national stage. “Sometimes God will put a Goliath in our lives for you to be able to find the David within you. It is so important that women know they can go through storms in their lives like breast cancer and come out the other side beautiful and with a greater purpose then they could have ever imagined. We should all be looking not to just survive the storm but to thrive after.” During her journey with breast cancer and having a bi lateral mastectomy, 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 25 rounds of radiation she began the blog The Blonde Bombshell (www.theblondebombshell.net) to help women find everyday answers in their journey with this same disease. “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. I found that I was able to get medical information and high level ideas of what I would be going through but I was desperately searching for real women with real answers that had walked this walk before me. The Blonde Bombshell blog is not only my personal journey but it is my way of helping the women that come after me to understand this journey from someone who has lived it and to give hope that life on the other side, though different, can be wonderful again.”

You can request Krisdee to speak at events about her journey, her platform, hospice care or to make appearances as Mrs. Capital City by calling 803-904-0323. If you or your business would like to sponsor Krisdee in her road to the Mrs. South Carolina crown your donation will allow for your logo and business name to be showcased in the program book and on social media. Please contact and follow Krisdee at her Instagram page @mrscapitalcity2022.