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The State Delegation Appreciation event held by Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Thursday July 28, 2016, attracted business and civic leaders to thank members of the legislative delegation for their ongoing support to enhance metro Charleston. The event celebrated the passing of 100 percent of the Chamber’s Annual Legislative Agenda.
In addition, Senator Larry Grooms received the 2016 Glenn McConnell Elected Leader Award, given annually to one representative of the delegation who exemplifies the leadership qualities of former Lt. Governor and Senator Glenn McConnell during his 34 years of elected public service in the South Carolina General Assembly.
This year, 100 percent of the Charleston Metro Chamber’s state legislative agenda was passed: a funding solution for the state’s infrastructure; approval for the final $16 million for Aeronautical Training Center at Trident Technical College; and the expansion of tax exemptions for military retirees with 20 or more years of service.
Senator Grooms has been a member of the South Carolina Senate since 1997. He serves as Chairman of Senate Transportation Committee and a member of Senate Finance. During his time in the Senate, and especially this year, he has illustrated great leadership for the entire business community and our region.
Senator Grooms was instrumental in creating consensus for the initial infrastructure plan and South Carolina Department of Transportation restructuring bill H.3579, when there was little hope to pass the legislation in the Senate. Later in the legislative session he played an integral role on the Senate Finance Committee in the formation and passage of S.1258, a bill that restructures SCDOT leadership and allows the department to bond up to $4.2 billion for infrastructure funding over the next ten years. The bill was signed by the Governor on June 8, 2016.
Senator Grooms helped progress the Charleston Metro Chamber’s top legislative priority – road funding. He also helped secure the full $16 million in state budget for the Aeronautical Training Center at Trident Technical College during the conference committee debate.