Legislative update: News conferences

Good morning. Here’s a brief update.

Last week I had the privilege of participating in two news conferences with House Speaker Murrell Smith at the State House.

On Wednesday, I joined Speaker Smith and my colleagues on the Economic Development and Utility Modernization Ad Hoc Committee at a news conference announcing our bill to streamline the delivery of workforce development.

While the economy has been booming in South Carolina, improvements are needed concerning workforce and education services to help our economy and tax base growth even further. The committee’s bill creates a “one-stop shop” for businesses and citizens to access these services.

On Thursday, I again stood alongside Speaker Smith, Majority Leader Davey Hiott, and other members of the House Republican Caucus at a news conference that highlighted some of our recent successes and outlined our legislative agenda.

The Ways and Means Healthcare Budget Subcommittee I sit on met Wednesday and Thursday to hear budget requests from the SC Dept. of Health and Environmental Control, Dept. of Disabilities and Special Needs, and SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare, among others. We’re scheduled to meet again this Tuesday and Wednesday.

One of the things I enjoy in Columbia is the opportunity to meet people at the State House.

On Wednesday, I got the opportunity to meet Angel Brabham and Matthew Connelly of Connelly Farms in Allendale County, who were the SC Farm Bureau “Farmers of the Week.” As someone from a farming family, I appreciate their leadership in our very important agriculture industry.

I wanted you to be aware that SCDHEC’s Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Division is still accepting Emergency Authorization Requests for reconstruction or repair of docks and bulkheads that were damaged by Hurricane Ian. For information on how to apply, click on this link and scroll down to “Emergency General Permits.”

I’m honored to represent District 108 in the House. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Rep. Lee Hewitt

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