I hope you’re well. Here’s my legislative update.
Last Tuesday, the joint House and Senate ad hoc committee to study river flooding in Georgetown and Horry counties met. We heard testimony from Duke Energy and Cube Energy, which have dams in North Carolina that are upstream of our rivers, about water released from the dams and its impact on our area.
On Wednesday, the House passed a joint resolution that requires all school districts in South Carolina to give an option for 5 days a week, in-person learning by April 26th.
Ensuring that our children are educated about our Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Declaration of Independence, and other important American documents is the first step in shaping civically responsible citizens. On Thursday, the House passed a bill that requires students in public high schools, and in some cases, undergraduate students, to study these constitutional documents as a requirement for graduation.
H. 3939 received a favorable vote in a Judiciary Subcommittee meeting on Thursday morning. This bill extends workers compensation for law enforcement officers in deadly-force situations to PTSD, or other injury caused by stress or mental illness. It is important that we provide officers with these lifesaving resources, so they can safely serve our communities.
The Vulnerable Adult Maltreatment Registry Act, passed out of a Judiciary Subcommittee on Thursday morning. This act aims to protect our most vulnerable, elderly populations from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This bill would create a registry for these populations, creating further protections for them in places like nursing homes.
On Saturday, I had the privilege of speaking at the Georgetown County Republican Party Convention, providing delegates with a legislative update. My congratulations to county GOP chair Karol Anderson and the rest of the party leadership for a very successful convention.
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It’s an honor to represent District 108 in the House. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
Rep. Lee Hewitt