–The Budget & Control Board will meet in the morning. The five members will also approve the Tobacco Settlement Revenue Management Authority budget. A recent independent audit of the Authority found it had nearly $5.5 million more in liabilities than assets last year.
–The House could move on two significant bills this week. One by Rep. Bill Sandifer (R-Oconee) would place heavy fines on those caught committing unemployment fraud while another from Rep. Alan Clemmons (R-Myrtle Beach) would require third-party voter registration groups to register with the state before signing up prospective voters.
–The Senate remains stuck on a government restructuring bill that would create a new Department of Administration. At issue are disagreements about how the responsibilities of the current Budget & Control Board agencies would be reassigned.
–The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up several different bills, including one by Sen. Glenn McConnell that would create a new “Commission on Streamlining Government and Reduction of Waste.”
–A special retirement panel will hear testimony from State Treasurer Curtis Loftis on the problems facing South Carolina’s Retirement System for state employees. Loftis recently told the Wall Street Journal that he wants the state to do less investing in hedge funds, private equity, and real estate.
–The House Ways & Means committee is still drafting a budget. This week, committee members are taking up provisos.
–A Business & Commerce subcommittee will hear public testimony on “right to work” legislation being pushed by House Republican leaders. Among other things, the bill would require labor unions to file financial information with the state.
–The House Judiciary Committee will take up several bills, including legislation by Rep. Brian White (R-Anderson) that would move the state’s Division of Aeronautics from the Commerce Department to the Department of Transportation. Another bill by Rep. Mike Sottile (R-Isle of Palms) would add more time to the statute of limitations against public officials charged with ethics violations.
–A Military and Public Affairs subcommittee will hear testimony on a proposal to create the South Carolina Medal of Honor. The medal would be awarded to Palmetto State natives killed in action while serving in the military.