As usual, this first week of the legislative session is one of organizing and getting committee assignments.
It seems as if House Speaker Jay Lucas is calling on me to do more and more each year in the House leadership and on committees.
I’m honored to remain a House Majority Whip for Speaker Lucas.
He assigned me to the following committees and subcommittees:
Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
Banking & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee
Real Estate Subcommittee
Business License Fees Ad Hoc Subcommittee
Legislative Oversight Committee
Economic Development, Transportation, and Natural Resources Subcommittee
Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee
The Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee did meet this week and agreed to an extension of the application period for seats on the Public Service Commission, which regulates investor-owned utilities. Finding qualified candidates for these seats has been difficult as is noted in this news story.
It appears the House will vote next week on a bill I cosponsored, H. 3087, which would effectively prohibit the onshore infrastructure needed for offshore oil drilling and seismic testing. The bill is now cosponsored by a majority of the House.
A similar bill sponsored by Sen. Chip Campsen, R-Charleston, passed a Senate subcommittee hearing last week chaired by Sen. Stephen Goldfinch. Click here for news coverage.
I’m appreciative of the efforts to protect our coastal economy and environment from the threat of oil spill disasters.
Next Friday, I’m privileged to participate in the annual Georgetown County Legislative Delegation Breakfast, sponsored by the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce and the Coastal Carolina REALTORS Association. Senators Stephen Goldfinch and Ronnie Sabb and Rep. Carl Anderson and I will discuss issues and what to expect in the legislative session. Please click here for more details.
It’s a privilege to serve District 108 in the House of Representatives! Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
Rep. Lee Hewitt