Good afternoon!  

It’s hard to believe that we are already in March, which marks almost one year ago that we began this pandemic journey.   

We are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel in this fight against COVID-19, but we are not quite there yet.  From the slow start of the vaccine rollout to where we are now with a third vaccine coming on board, we have come a long way. I believe the public and private partnerships are in place to assure us that all South Carolinians who want to be vaccinated will receive their vaccine by the end of the summer.  

We have been busy in Columbia and actually very productive for the start of a 2-year session. I don’t know if it’s because we have fewer lobbyists in the lobby or because everyone is keenly aware we are in a critical time as a state and a nation, and our decisions matter – I choose to think the latter. We spent the majority of time the last couple of weeks on two bills. The first is a bond bill for “finishing” the port in Charleston, and the second is the COVID-19 Liability Protection bill for our South Carolina businesses and non-profits. We passed both of them in the Senate.  

Click here for a complete summary from last week that includes bills we passed as well as some bills that are in committees for this week.  

I consider it an honor and privilege to represent District 8 in the South Carolina Senate and want to keep you as informed as possible on what is going on in Columbia. If you ever need help navigating state government, or just have concerns you would like me to know about, please contact me or my assistant, Ja’Vell Bynoe, at (803) 212-6148. We will be happy to help you out.