February 14, 2020
This Wednesday, the annual Leadership classes from the Charleston and Greenville regions assembled together in Columbia for State House Day. Many thanks to BP for sponsoring this opportunity.
The combined Leadership classes began with a welcome from the Speaker of the House, Jay Lucas, followed by an informal meet and greet with 10 legislators, including Upstate and Lowcountry representatives. Next was a panel of reporters to discuss the role of the fourth estate in the legislative process. That was followed by a panel of lobbyists who attempted to debunk some of the assumptions and stereotypes about their role in the lawmaking process.
Then the group entered the State Capitol building to see the House and Senate in session and experience the buzz of the lobby. Our combined group of more than 100 drew attention, even on that particularly busy day.
Over lunch, I joined Jason Zacher, my counterpart from the Greenville Chamber, for a briefing on our shared legislative agenda items and Q&A. Then it was over to the Supreme Court where Justice John Few and Justice John Kittredge explained the judicial system. We ended with a meet-and-greet with Governor McMaster back at the State House.
Everyone left Columbia thoroughly tired, but with a much deeper understanding of the governing process from every branch of government and from multiple and diverse stakeholders.
In other news, the long-awaited report from the Department of Administration on Santee Cooper was released. The report outlined three potential paths forward for the state-run utility: a sell to Florida-based NextEra Energy, a management agreement with Dominion Energy or a restructuring that would keep the utility under the state ownership and oversight. Read more from the Post and Courier about the report’s three options.
Senior Director of Legislative Relations
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