By Alex James, HBASC Director of Government Affairs
S. 500 Architectural Seal Requirements on Townhomes

This bill clarifies when a townhome design requires an architect’s seal. This issue currently adds significantly to the cost of a townhome. The bill was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. Thanks to Senators John Scott and Dwight Loftis for their leadership on this issue.

S. 677-Low Income Housing Tax Credit Bill

This important fix to ensure that these tax credits are able to be used and not lost was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor.

H. 4060 -Building Codes

This bill was passed by the House earlier this year. It is now in the Senate LCI committee. We expect it to be taken up when the legislature returns next year. We support this bill that moves the Residential Building Codes to a 6 year cycle. We remain in favor of building codes reform that will allow a more efficient and effective code adoption process that takes into account the safety and affordability of homeowners in South Carolina. Thanks to Chairman Bill Sandifer for sponsoring this very important piece of legislation.

S. 560/H. 3926 -Heirs Property Rights

Heirs Property issues can lead to families losing their generational land due to land use restrictions, title issues and higher property taxes. These issues must be addressed to ensure their property rights and the highest use of family land. This bill filed by Sen. Scott would create a study committee to find out the best way to tackle these issues. This study committee is included in the state budget that has passed the General Assembly and will be signed by the Governor.

S. 147-COVID-19 Liability Passed by the House

This Act will help protect businesses from frivolous lawsuits as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor.

Be Pro Be Proud SC

We support continued funding of this public/private partnership by the General Assembly. The Associated Industries has already contributed over 1.4 million to this workforce development mobile unit which is already booked at schools and community events through the spring of

2022. The General Assembly funded the truck in this year’s budget that we expect to be signed by the Governor.

S. 631 -Electronic Notary

This act, which was signed by the Governor, allows notary publics to notarize electronically, and submit documents electronically. SCBJ