These are some of the bills that I filed in the 2015-2016 legislative session and actively worked to pass (for the full list of bills I filed, click here).
Abolishes the Transportation Commission, makes SCDOT a cabinet agency under the Governor, and requires DOT to publish detailed budget, expenditure, and project information
Increases penalties for killing a police or service animal. Prompted by Hyco's death in 2015
Protects parents and students who refuse standardized tests such as Common Core from retaliation by school district officials
Allows lawful gun owners to carry for self-defense without a permit, either open or concealed
Other Bills I Supported
These bills were filed by other legislators. I supported them by signing on with my name. In some cases, I went further by promoting them or attending committee hearings. (This is a partial list, for the full list of bills I co-sponsored, click here.)
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
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
Bans abortions after 20 weeks. According to current medical knowledge, this is when unborn children begin to feel pain.