My second bill passes, a new Governor and Sen. Goldfinch’s forum

This week my second bill passed the House. This one, cosponsored with Rep. Carl Anderson (D-Georgetown), fixes some problems with Georgetown County voting precinct names and the precinct map records.

On Tuesday evening, I got to witness the swearing in of Henry McMaster as the 117th Governor of South Carolina. I wish Ambassador Nikki Haley well in her leadership role at the United Nations.

Also on Tuesday, I was prepared to vote “yes” on a resolution by House Speaker Jay Lucas that would have expelled suspended Rep. Chris Corley (R-Aiken), who was indicted for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature for beating his wife and pointing a gun at her in the presence of their two children, ages two and eight. However, before the vote, Rep. Corley resigned, which should have happened weeks ago.

The Georgetown County Legislative Delegation met in Columbia on Wednesday and voted to reappoint two Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District board members, Booty Shelley and Kay Benton. I greatly appreciate the efforts of Booty and Kay in leading the fire district to achieve an ISO fire protection rating that puts it into the top three percent nationally – an achievement we can all be proud of.

Thursday night, I attended Sen. Stephen Goldfinch’s Murrells Inlet bird sanctuary forum, which was well attended – media reports estimated 250 were there. Sen. Goldfinch stated upfront that a sanctuary designation is being taken off the table and that consideration would be given only to possible legislation that would prevent hunting in the inlet. It was very clear that the majority of those attending were against a bird sanctuary or stopping hunting.

It’s an honor to serve District 108 in the House! Please let me know if I can be of assistance.

Rep. Lee Hewitt