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The Advocates: Join Us to Say Thanks, and Have an Impact

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Next Tuesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m., the Charleston Metro Chamber will honor the hard work of the Tri-County State Legislative Delegation. This year’s event will take place at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston.

Register For State Delegation Appreciation Now

During this year’s General Assembly session, our weekly Advocates emails have kept you up-to-date on the legislature’s efforts to strengthen South Carolina’s business environment. As of now, the General Assembly has passed two pieces of legislation on the Chamber’s 2018 Legislative Agenda – Automatic Stay and Nuisance Lawsuit Reform Bill.

The Nuisance Lawsuits Bill protects existing manufacturing and industrial operations from expensive, frivolous lawsuits caused by development sprawl. The Automatic Stay legislation means quicker timelines for major road, bridge and development projects in the state, specifically making a big impact in the Lowcountry.

These victories were no small feat.

Both were carried-over priorities from last year’s agenda that took work to get accomplished and will help attract further investment in South Carolina communities and create jobs.

But we aren’t done yet.

While the legislative session is technically over, there is still work to be done. The timing of the State Delegation Appreciation event gives you the opportunity to speak with legislators the day before they return to Columbia to finish this year’s business, including conference committee reports, veto overrides and the budget.

There are additional pieces of legislation on the Chamber’s priority list that are near the finish line. Your encouragement to lawmakers on Tuesday can help deliver two more business victories this year:

  • Urge legislators to override Governor McMaster’s veto of the Expungement Bill (H.3209.) This policy change helps former nonviolent offenders who’ve paid their debt to society get back into the workforce.
  • Ask lawmakers to keep the high-impact incentive package in the SC Abandoned Buildings and Revitalization Act (S.1043), which is in a conference committee. The high-impact incentives package creates a new tool for economic developers to retain and recruit high-wage, knowledge-economy jobs in South Carolina.

Join us on Tuesday, not just to say thanks to our hard working delegation members, but also to have an impact on two additional legislative priorities.

Have a great weekend.

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