Hill ultimately addressed his suspension via social media, claiming it was the result of “pressure” lawmakers are facing to pass his bill expanding gun rights in the Palmetto State (H.3456).
Hill, who is staunchly pro-life and gun rights, is frequently at odds with the other members of the caucus. He is known for his critical online commentary -- including criticism of his colleagues -- and even for giving out their phone numbers to angry constituents.
House Republicans were especially frustrated with Hill during the budget debate in March, when Hill said on the House floor that the Republican Caucus had conspired to vote down every Democratic amendment to the $9.3 billion state budget.
State Reps. Garry Smith, R-Greenville, and Jonathon Hill, R-Anderson, argued the bill seeks to end cancer by regulation by improperly taking options away from people, some of whom rely on tanning to treat certain skin conditions.
It’s obvious that the S.C. House was acting out of desperation and hurried the legislative process for education reform. But four House members realized the folly of voting on a reform bill without giving ample time to completely think things through. Reps. Jonathon Hill, Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Wendy Brawley and John King opposed the bill.
Hill said he does not believe that protective orders will stop deadly shootings from happening. "No matter how many laws we have in place, somebody bad is going to get their hands on a gun and do something bad with it," he said. "I don't think we can prevent any and every mass shooting without also depriving everyone the ability to defend themselves."
“Red flag gun confiscation schemes…are egregious violations of the right to self-defense and the right to due process,” Hill said in a news release. “Senator Graham is advancing legislation that represents an un-American departure from the idea that you are ‘innocent until proven guilty.’”
The House and Senate each want $250,000 more in their respective chamber budgets for “other operating expenses” next fiscal year. As the full House debated the proposed, approximately $30 billion state budget last week, Rep. Jonathon Hill, R-Anderson, introduced separate amendments to reject the requested increases.
The chairman of South Carolina’s Family Caucus is refuting allegations by a House colleague that he wasn’t willing to run point on the latest attempt at defunding Planned Parenthood through a budget proviso.
The tone for the day was set not long after debate started, when Rep. Jonathon Hill of Townville said his fellow Republicans in House leadership told the party's members to avoid supporting Democratic-led amendments.
State representative Jonathon Hill is leading the fight to get the McMaster proviso defunding Planned Parenthood inserted into the House budget.
Rep. Jonathon Hill said he expects that many House members will be “willing to listen to facts and reason and their constituents.” He said that “we’re going to stay the course and make sure the job is done.”
Rep. Jonathon Hill questioned whether the consolidation of small, under-performing school districts that have duly elected board members will lead to lawsuits. Hill also said the costs for individual school districts remain undetermined.
Rep. Jonathon Hill took strong exception to the way the appropriation was routed through the legislative process. According to Hill, GOP majority leader Gary Simrill lied to him about the funding item which was recalled for a vote before the full House. Hill said he “should have known better” than to trust Simrill.