A list of what’s happening at the Statehouse Tuesday.
SENATE: (All meetings at Gressette unless otherwise noted)
9:30 a.m. (Room 308) — The Senate Medical Affairs Committee will take up several proposed regulations, including one that would change how Certificates of Need are given to hospitals looking to expand.
9:30 a.m. (Room 209) — A judiciary subcommittee will resume work on a bill by Sen. Gerald Malloy (D-Hartsville) that would require all of the state’s judicial circuits to create a drug court. Many circuits already have the courts and have been using them on a test pilot basis.
HOUSE: (All meetings in Blatt unless noted otherwise)
9:00 a.m. (Room 403) — A labor regulations panel will examine several proposed regulations of different licensing boards. Atop the agenda is a regulation that seeks to streamline the license renewal fees for architects.
9:00 a.m. (Room 516) — A Constitutional Laws subcommittee will hear from the public on several bills, including one by Sen. Harvey Peeler (R-Gaffney) that would bar camping on the Statehouse grounds. Emergency regulations that targeted Occupy Columbia protestors’ 24-hour camps passed in December, but expired after 90 days. Peeler’s bill would make the ban permanent. It passed the Senate two weeks ago. The full Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take the bill up later in the day.
9:00 a.m. (Room 511) — A family & probate laws subcommittee will continue work on legislation by Rep. Jerry Govan (D-Orangeburg) that would substantially tighten up alimony laws. Right now, alimony payments end if the couple lives together for more than 90 days. Govan’s bill would waive the “cohabitation” requirement if the former spouses are still in a serious relationship, but living separately.
9:00 a.m. (Room 427) — A health subcommittee will hear from the public on a bill by Rep. Joan Brady (R-Columbia) that would require hospitals to inform new parents about the dangers of pertussis disease (also known as “whooping cough”) and the existence of a vaccine against it.
9:30 a.m. (Room 523) — The Revenue Policy subcommittee will hear testimony on a bill by Rep. Tommy Stringer (R-Greer) that would lower the income tax on “pass-through” business income from five percent to three percent. It’s a part of the House GOP tax reform proposal.
After House adjourns (Room 516) — An election laws panel will consider a bill by Rep. Laurie Funderburk (D-Camden) that would allow a person to register to vote on the state Elections Commission website.