This bill requires state and local law enforcement agencies to implement the use of body cameras. It also requires the Law Enforcement Training Council to conduct a study for the best policies for when and how body cameras should be used. I voted for this bill because it is both a deterrent to police brutality and a protection for law enforcement officers doing their job.
This bill created the South Carolina Farm Aid Fund, which would give grants of up to $100,000 to farmers who lost at least 40% of their crops in the October 2015 flooding. I voted against this bill because we do not have the right to give money taken by government force as a handout to farmers, regardless of the worthiness of the cause. Read my in-depth explanation here (includes a video of my speech on the House floor on this topic). The bill passed the House 95-6 and was signed into law by the Governor.
Bans abortion by dismemberment in South Carolina
Blocks state resources from being used to enforce Federal actions that violate the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
Allows the use of non-FDA-approved drug treatments after all other options are exhausted by terminally ill patients (a.k.a. "Right to Try")
Defunds Planned Parenthood
Clarifies state law regulating birthing centers after a DHEC interpretation threatened to close most of the birthing centers in the state by subjecting them to unjust leverage with hospital systems
Amends the state constitution to state that life begins at conception, thus banning all abortion in South Carolina
Lowers the state income tax by 1.4% each year until the tax rate for all tax brackets is zero
Prohibits the state of South Carolina from doing business with companies with anti-Semetic policies
Brings the Local Government Fund to full funding over three years (failure to do so can result in local tax increases)
Abolishes the state income tax and replaces it with a flat sales tax, similar to the federal FairTax proposal
Allows concealed weapons permits to be presented as a valid photo ID when voting
Allows podiatrists (foot doctors) to operate on the ankle as well as the foot
Amends the state constitution so that the Governor would appoint the State Superintendent of Education, instead of a state-wide election
Allows lawful gun owners to carry concealed without a permit
Prohibits state employees from granting or recognizing same-sex marriage licenses
An amendment to the state constitution, shortening the legislative session by several weeks.
Protects historic markers, flags, and monuments by putting language from the Heritage Act into the state constitution