In mid November the South Carolina House of Representatives released the following pre-filed bills for 2024. For questions on any of these bills, contact SCEDA Lobbyists John DeWorken at john@lobbysc.com and/or Sunnie Harmon at sunnie@lobbysc.com. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

H. 4539 (Word version) — Rep. Gilliard: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ADDING SECTION 31-3-60 SO AS TO REQUIRE PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITIES AND AGENCIES TO PROVIDE CERTAIN HOUSING TO DISPLACED RESIDENTS.

H. 4543 (Word version) — Rep. Haddon: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ADDING SECTION 27-1-80 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT CERTAIN COMPANIES OWNED, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, BY THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA OR THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY MAY NOT OWN, LEASE, POSSESS, OR EXERCISE ANY CONTROL OVER ANY REAL ESTATE IN THIS STATE.

H. 4544 (Word version) — Rep. W. Jones: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ENACTING THE “RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACT” BY ADDING SECTION 31-1-60 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION MAY BUILD CERTAIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND MAINTAIN ITS PROPERTY TAX-EXEMPT STATUS.

H. 4546 (Word version) — Reps. Magnuson, A. M. Morgan, May, Beach, Burns, Chumley, Cromer, S. Jones, Kilmartin, Harris, McCabe, T. A. Morgan, O’Neal, Oremus, Pace, Trantham and White: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ENACTING THE “NO OPEN-ENDED POWERS OF EMERGENCY (NOPE) ACT” BY AMENDING SECTION 25-1-440, RELATING TO THE ADDITIONAL POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE GOVERNOR DURING A DECLARED EMERGENCY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE GOVERNOR SHALL JUSTIFY THE CONDITIONS WHICH LEAD TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MAY EXTEND A STATE OF EMERGENCY THROUGH A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION IN CERTAIN INSTANCES.

H. 4547 (Word version) — Reps. B. Newton, Dillard and Hyde: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS SO AS TO EXTEND THE PROVISIONS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA ABANDONED BUILDINGS REVITALIZATION ACT, AS CONTAINED IN CHAPTER 67, TITLE 12 OF THE S.C. CODE, UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2035; AND BY AMENDING SECTION 12-67-140, RELATING TO THE ELIGIBILITY OF THE ABANDONED BUILDINGS REVITALIZATION TAX CREDIT SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE MAXIMUM CREDIT AMOUNT MUST BE REVIEWED ANNUALLY.

H. 4551 (Word version) — Rep. Pendarvis: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-3810 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A TAXPAYER IS ALLOWED AN INCOME TAX CREDIT EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT THE TAXPAYER CLAIMED ON HIS FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN FOR THE CHILD TAX CREDIT.

H. 4552 (Word version) — Rep. Pendarvis: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 31-12-30, RELATING TO REDEVELOPMENT OF FEDERAL MILITARY INSTALLATIONS DEFINITIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT INCLUDES CERTAIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS.

H. 4554 (Word version) — Rep. Rutherford: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 12-43-220, RELATING TO ASSESSMENT RATIOS ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY, SO AS TO ALLOW A TAXPAYER’S SPOUSE TO CLAIM THE FOUR PERCENT ASSESSMENT RATIO ON A RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.

H. 4557 (Word version) — Rep. Trantham: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 12-36-2120, RELATING TO SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO EXEMPT SMALL ARMS AND SMALL ARMS AMMUNITION.

H. 4564 (Word version) — Rep. Chumley: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PLACE A MORATORIUM ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW ORDINANCES FOR COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES UNTIL JULY 1, 2026.

H. 4573 (Word version) — Rep. Hewitt: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ENACTING THE “PRIVATE PROPERTY PROTECTION ACT OF 2024”; AND BY ADDING SECTION 6-1-195 SO AS TO PROHIBIT A GOVERNING BODY OF A MUNICIPALITY, COUNTY, OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE FROM ENACTING OR ENFORCING AN ORDINANCE, RESOLUTION, OR REGULATION THAT PROHIBITS THE RENTAL OF A RESIDENTIAL DWELLING TO A SHORT-TERM GUEST, TO PROVIDE PENALTIES, AND TO DEFINE TERMS.

H. 4575 (Word version) — Rep. Jefferson: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ADDING SECTION 59-20-51 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING IN SCHOOL YEAR 2024-2025, A NEW TEACHER MUST RECEIVE A STARTING ANNUAL SALARY OF NO LESS THAN FIFTY-TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS AND A CURRENT TEACHER WHO EARNED LESS THAN FIFTY-TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR MUST RECEIVE A SALARY OF NO LESS THAN FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

H. 4577 (Word version) — Rep. J. L. Johnson: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 59-20-50, RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER SALARY SCHEDULES, SO AS TO PROVIDE EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL PAY EACH CERTIFIED SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER WHO IS TEACHING SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSES FULL-TIME IN THE DISTRICT AN ANNUAL SALARY OF AT LEAST FIFTY-TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS BEGINNING WITH THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR.

H. 4585 (Word version) — Rep. Trantham: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 2-17-15, RELATING TO PROHIBITIONS ON PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS FROM SERVING AS LOBBYISTS, SO AS TO INCREASE THE WAITING PERIOD FOR ELIGIBILITY FROM ONE YEAR TO TWO YEARS, AND TO PROVIDE SUCH ELECTED OFFICIALS MUST HAVE SERVED THE FULL TERM TO WHICH THEY WERE LAST ELECTED BEFORE THEY OR THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS MAY SERVE AS LOBBYISTS; AND BY AMENDING SECTION 2-19-70, RELATING TO PROHIBITIONS ON MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FROM ELECTION TO JUDICIAL OFFICE, SO AS TO INCREASE THE WAITING PERIOD FOR ELIGIBILITY FROM ONE YEAR TO TWO YEARS, AND TO PROVIDE THEY MUST HAVE SERVED THE FULL TERM TO WHICH THEY WERE LAST ELECTED BEFORE THEY MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR ELECTION TO JUDICIAL OFFICE.

H. 4594 (Word version) — Rep. Ballentine: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 12-6-40, RELATING TO APPLICATION OF FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO STATE TAX LAWS, SO AS TO UPDATE THE REFERENCE TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO THE YEAR 2023 AND TO PROVIDE THAT IF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE SECTIONS ADOPTED BY THIS STATE ARE EXTENDED, THEN THESE SECTIONS ALSO ARE EXTENDED FOR SOUTH CAROLINA INCOME TAX PURPOSES.

H. 4595 (Word version) — Rep. Blackwell: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 12-6-40, RELATING TO APPLICATION OF FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO STATE TAX LAWS, SO AS TO UPDATE THE REFERENCE TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE TO THE YEAR 2023 AND TO PROVIDE THAT IF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE SECTIONS ADOPTED BY THIS STATE ARE EXTENDED, THEN THESE SECTIONS ALSO ARE EXTENDED FOR SOUTH CAROLINA INCOME TAX PURPOSES; AND BY AMENDING SECTION 12-6-50, RELATING TO INTERNAL REVENUE CODE SECTIONS SPECIFICALLY NOT ADOPTED BY THE STATE, SO AS TO ADOPT INTERNAL REVENUE CODE SECTION 168(K) RELATING TO BONUS DEPRECIATION.

H. 4598 (Word version) — Rep. Burns: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 12-36-2120, RELATING TO SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO EXEMPT SALES MADE TO A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION WITH FEDERAL TAX-EXEMPT STATUS.

H. 4600 (Word version) — Rep. Thayer: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 12-6-3710, RELATING TO THE INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR TAXPAYERS THAT HIRE FORMERLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CREDIT IS NOT EARNED IF THE HIRED INDIVIDUAL IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER ON THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY.

H. 4601 (Word version) — Rep. Forrest: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 56-5-4100, RELATING TO PREVENTING ESCAPE OF MATERIALS LOADED ON VEHICLES AND CLEANING THE HIGHWAYS OF ESCAPED SUBSTANCES OR CARGO, SO AS TO INCORPORATE THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 56-5-4110 TO CLARIFY THE EXCEPTIONS FOR TRANSPORTATION OF CERTAIN FARM PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS; AND BY REPEALING SECTION 56-5-4110 RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENTS THAT LOADS AND COVERS MUST BE FIRMLY ATTACHED.

H. 4610 (Word version) — Rep. Hixon: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 57-5-70, RELATING TO HIGHWAY TRANSFERS TO THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MUST PROPERLY MAINTAIN ROADS TRANSFERRED INTO THE STATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM.

H. 4624 (Word version) — Reps. Hiott, G. M. Smith, McCravy, Davis and Vaughan: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ADDING CHAPTER 42 TO TITLE 44 SO AS TO DEFINE GENDER, SEX, AND OTHER TERMS, TO PROHIBIT THE PROVISION OF GENDER TRANSITION PROCEDURES TO A PERSON UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE, TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS, TO PROHIBIT THE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR GENDER TRANSITION PROCEDURES, AND TO PROVIDE PENALTIES; AND BY ADDING SECTION 59-32-36 SO AS TO PROHIBIT PUBLIC SCHOOL STAFF AND OFFICIALS FROM WITHHOLDING KNOWLEDGE OF A MINOR’S PERCEPTION OF THEIR GENDER FROM THE MINOR’S PARENTS, AMONG OTHER THINGS.

H. 4628 (Word version) — Rep. Henderson-Myers: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ADDING CHAPTER 56 TO TITLE 46 SO AS TO REGULATE THE SALE AND DISTRIBUTION OF PRODUCTS CONTAINING HEMP-DERIVED CANNABINOID.

H. 4629 (Word version) — Reps. Magnuson, A. M. Morgan, Pace, Cromer, Beach, Oremus, Kilmartin, S. Jones and White: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 57-1-410, RELATING TO APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, SO AS TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 15, 2027, THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SHALL SERVE AS SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, TO PROVIDE IN SELECTING A CANDIDATE FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, A CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR SHALL EXAMINE WHETHER THE PERSON POSSESSES CERTAIN QUALIFICATIONS, AND TO DELETE THE PROVISION RELATING TO THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION’S COMPENSATION.

H. 4631 (Word version) — Rep. Gilliard: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ADDING SECTION 59-20-51 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING IN SCHOOL YEAR 2024-2025, A NEW TEACHER MUST RECEIVE A STARTING ANNUAL SALARY OF NO LESS THAN SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS AND A CURRENT TEACHER WHO EARNED LESS THAN SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR MUST RECEIVE A SALARY OF NO LESS THAN SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS.

H. 4634 (Word version) — Rep. Taylor: A BILL TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY ADDING SECTION 11-1-130 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A STATE AGENCY THAT RECEIVES A GRANT SHALL PROVIDE AN ITEMIZED LIST OF ANY MATCHING FUNDS AND A SUMMARY OF ANY CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE GRANT.