We have officially finished up the regular 2021 legislative session. As usual, our last week felt like that week at work when you are trying to leave for a long vacation. 

We had a lot of unfinished business we were able to get passed through both the Senate and the House to finish up a very productive year. We were able to pass conservative legislation that cuts government spending and regulations, protects our constitutional freedoms, protects the unborn, secures our elections, and puts South Carolina in a position to compete and win in the recruitment of jobs to this state.

Move over slow left lane drivers!Though certainly not the most important piece of legislation passed, this issue caused as much if not more of an emotional response as any we addressed this year. This bill requires you to move over for faster traffic on the interstates, and you will start seeing signs on the interstates soon. The ticket is much like a seat belt ticket, will cost you about $25, and will not affect your insurance.

For a full list of all of the bills passed by the Senate this session, click below:
South Carolina Senate 2021 Legislative Year in Review
I am proud of our accomplishments thus far in this two-year term. We will return to work in June, although the Sine Die resolution restricts our debate to the budget, reviewing and voting on conference reports, and possibly beginning the discussions of redistricting. We are waiting on final census numbers from the Federal Government for redistricting, which means we will likely go back in September or October to complete the work.

With the CDC waiving masks requirements for vaccinated people, you can feel the excitement that we are close to the end of this pandemic. South Carolina is one of the very few states that has come out of it without having to make cuts to the budget. I think that is a testimonial to the resilience of hard-working South Carolinians. We are blessed to live in an incredible state!

It is an honor to serve you in the SC Senate. If I, or my assistant, Ja’vell Bynoe, can ever be of assistance in navigating state government, please give us a call at (803) 212-6148.