Mar 25 2015
Ah, the season of giving is upon us once again! No, not Christmas; it’s March 25th and tax time is just around the corner!
Mar 25 2015
Ah, the season of giving is upon us once again! No, not Christmas; it’s March 25th and tax time is just around the corner!
Mar 24 2015
SECTION 2. Section 40-33-110 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding an appropriately lettered subsection at the end to read:
“( ) In a grossly negligent fashion, a person licensed under this chapter misreads the physician’s order and overmedicates or undermedicates a patient resulting in the death of the patient, the board shall revoke the person’s license to practice nursing in this State. As used in this subsection, “grossly negligent” means an act or course of action, or inaction, which denotes a lack of reasonable care and a conscious disregard or indifference to the rights, safety, or welfare of others and which does or could result in death.”
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.
Mar 23 2015
H 3101, S 0145, H 3431: These bills are all similar in that each are designed to increase the minimum wage. We are of course, opposed to each of these bills. The sponsoring House Members are Cobb-Hunter, R.L. Brown, Alexander, Henegan, McKnight, and M.S. McLeod. The sponsoring Senators are Scott, Pinckney, Johnson and Allen. So far these are all still in committee and there has been no movement on them. I will let you know if this changes.
S 1/H 3722: This Ethics Reform bill really does more harm than good. First, financial disclosures (we need to know from where their money is derived in order to make sure there are no conflict of interests in their votes/appointments, etc.) are weakened. Second, instead of pushing for a truly independent ethics investigative body, they want to appoint the members of this investigative body (who would then be tasked with investigating and rendering decisions on those they have been appointed by!) Third…and possibly the scariest of all….they want to revoke out 1st Amendment right to FREE SPEECH by not allowing us to speak about them or their performance as elected officials less than 60 days before a campaign. That being said….they are free to push out whatever they would like about themselves (truth or not) and by law…we cannot refute them! We are definitely not supporting this. If they work against the FREE MARKET and work to hurt our businesses we should have the right to let folks know!
Update on Workers Comp Legislation: We continue to work with Senator Shane Martin on this important piece of legislation. This bill is massive with greatly needed reforms. I hope to have a bill to present to each of you for your input within the next two weeks.
Thanks to each of you that have contributed financially. Your money is being spent on legislative monitoring and growing our organization. I am thrilled with our membership to date and look forward to our further growth. The bigger we are….the louder our voice!
If you would like to donate you can do so online at www.southcarolinabusinessownersassociation.com or by check to SC Business Owners Association, PO Box 231 Aiken, SC 29802.
Onward, Deedee Vaughters, President, SC Business Owners Association, 803-439-5701
Mar 20 2015
On Wednesday, March 25 at 9am a SC Senate Medical Affairs committee will consider S. 371.
This bill was in response to the death of a mitochondrial child that died from complications initiated by a morphine overdose. Sen. Lee Bright (R-Roebuck) will introduce an amendment to specify its application to gross negligence and causing a death. The amendment will also name S. 371 “Samuel’s Law”, in memory of Samuel Cutliff. The Cutliff’s are planing on attending the hearing to testify.
The committee is chaired by Sen. Cleary (R-Georgetown) with Sens. Alexander (R-Oconee), Lourie (D-Richland), Bright (R-Spartanburg), and Nicholson (D-Greenwood)
Mar 20 2015
From Debbie Gerwe: Our monthly meeting will be held on Monday, March 23 @ Carson’s Steak House behind Tucker’s Restaurant. We will have dinner at 6:00pm, dutch treat, meeting starts at 6:30pm. Our guest speaker is Julie Dixon, Executive Director of Anderson Care Pregnancy Clinic. ACPC serves unwed mothers with an emphasis on alternatives to abortion. ACRW has supported this agency in the past by sponsoring a table at their annual fundraiser. Please bring a pack of diapers or wipes for use at the clinic. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Mar 19 2015
S. 371 was in response to the death of a mitochondrial child that died from complications initiated by a morphine overdose. S. 371 is in the introduction stage and must be amended to include language such as “causing the death of a patient” and even then, there must be evidence of gross negligence. If the bill gets a hearing, it will certainly be amended to apply to very extreme cases.
We need to remember that bills introduced will have an open public hearing in the appropriate legislative sub-committee, in this case the Senate Medical Affairs Committee. If it passes the sub-committee it goes before the full Committee, then the full SC Senate. If the Senate approves it, the bill would take the same route in the SC House starting at the sub-committee level. If the legislation passes the House and Senate and has differences, the bill goes to a conference committee (3 Senate members & 3 House members) to negotiate the differences between the 2 versions. A conference report must go back to each body for approval before going to the Governor’s desk for a veto or signature.
The Senate Medical Affairs Committee has not had a public hearing on S. 371, but I assure you, we’ll keep you up to date.
Mar 17 2015
COCA-COLA CONSOLIDATED TO CONSTRUCT A NEW REGIONAL SALES AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN ANDERSON COUNTY
ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. – After much speculation and anticipation, ‘Project Upstate’ will soon become a reality. Coca-Cola Consolidated announced plans to invest $13.5 million to construct a new Regional Sales and Distribution Center in Anderson County. This announcement culminates two years of discussions and negotiations since company officials first connected with Economic Development staff.
“All of us at Coca-Cola Consolidated are excited about building our new Regional Sales and Distribution Center in Anderson County,” said Lauren C. Steele, Sr. VP Corporate Affairs. “This state-of-the-art, 150,000 square foot facility on the 36 acre site will enable us to more efficiently and effectively serve our retail customers and loyal consumers throughout the Upstate of South Carolina and parts of North Georgia. It has been a pleasure to work with Anderson County officials on this project and we look forward to breaking ground in the near future.”
“Anderson County is more than excited to announce the newest addition to our family,” said County Council Vice Chairman Ken Waters. “Coca-Cola Consolidated has selected District 6 for their new Regional Sales and Distribution Center. This decision, which brings 147 jobs with above average wages and a capital investment of $13.5 million, will benefit all of Anderson County. We couldn’t be happier! After all, one of Coca-Cola’s popular slogans is “Choose Coke” and now we have bragging rights – Coke Chose Anderson County!”
Charlotte, NC-based Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is the nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, with 7,000 employees serving franchise selling territories in 12 states.
To learn more about Coke Consolidated: www.cokeconsolidated.com www.facebook.com/cokeconsolidated, Twitter.com/cokeccbcc Instagram/coca.cola.bottling
For more information, contact: Angela Stringer, Communications Director, Anderson County, P O Box 8002, Anderson, South Carolina 29621
Mar 16 2015
Treasurer Loftis expresses his strong opposition to s. 527 with a blistering letter to our sub-committee. He communicated his belief that this legislation will lead to higher taxes, employee contributions, and debt. He claims s. 527 is the fox guarding the henhouse. We’ve asked his office to submit the details of how this is concluded. Also, we’ve asked for the documentation from the credit rating agencies explaining how s. 527 will threaten South Carolina’s AAA credit rating. Attached is the letter our sub-committee received. More specifics to come soon. Click here to read his letter
Mar 14 2015
S. 527 is a package of reforms as suggested by last year’s Funston Advisory Services. Click here to read the Funston report.
Below is a summary of the bill:
Section 1 – (Page 2, Line 38)
-Defines who holds assets. Names PEBA and RSIC as co-trustees and eliminates the Budget and Control Board as a trustee. PEBA holds the fund in a group trust and RSIC invests those funds.
Section 2A – (Page 3, Line 16)
-Defines Custodian as PEBA and assigns choice of Custodial Bank to RSIC. RSIC has exclusive authority to select custodial bank and PEBA is a third party beneficiary with full rights to information.
Section 2B – (Page 3, Line 31)
-Deletes separate references to Treasurer as Custodial Banker for JSRS, PORS & GARS.
9-8-170 (1) is Judges and Solicitors Retirement System, §9-9-160(1) is General Assembly Retirement System, §9-10-80(A) is National Guard Retirement System, §9-11-250(1) is Police Officers Retirement System.
Section 3A – (Page 3, Line 34)
-PEBA Board membership changes and definition of Executive Director of PEBA.
-Decreases the number of appointments by the Governor from 3 to 2 to accommodate the addition of the –Executive Director of RSIC as a voting member (membership stays at nine voting members).
-Expands the term of appointment from two years to five years.
-Staggers the terms with Gubernatorial appointee terms expiring 6/30/16, non-representative members appointed by General Assembly expiring 6/30/17 and representative members appointed by the General Assembly expiring 6/30/18.
-States that members may be removed only for cause by the Governor.
-Members are limited to serving two terms.
-Exempts the Executive Director of RSIC from receiving $12K.
-Requires PEBA to meet quarterly versus monthly.
-PEBA Board employs an Executive Director who serves at the pleasure of the Board.
-PEBA Board and Executive Director are named as fiduciaries.
-PEBA must develop a model procurement code in the same way as local governments.
Section 4 – (Page 7, Line 41) PEBA budget.
-PEBA budget authorization uses FY15-16 as a base and allows up to a 10% increase in each successive year. Funds are transferred from the respective trust accounts to an expenditure account in the Treasurer’s Office. The transfers are pro rata from the various systems.
Section 5 – (Page 9, Line 7) Rotation of fiduciary audit of PEBA.
-Sets a rotation for the PEBA fiduciary audit for every four years with the next audit scheduled for FY19-20.
Section 6 – (Page 9, Line 23)
-Deletes reference to allowed administrative costs for PEBA and deletes reference to policy decisions of the PEBA Board being subject to approval by the Budget and Control Board.
Section 7 – (Page 9, Line 26) Adds the executive directors of PEBA and RSIC as fiduciaries.
Section 8 – (Page 10, Line 1) Defines signature process and authority for disbursements by RSIC and defines RSIC budget.
-RSIC budget authorization uses FY15-16 as a base and allows up to a 10% increase in each successive year. Funds are transferred from the respective trust accounts to an expenditure account in the Treasurer’s Office. The transfers are pro rata from the various systems.
Section 9 – (Page 11, Line 1) RSIC Board membership and executive director.
-Requires the Treasurer to appoint a member rather than serve himself.
-Reforms existing retiree representative by directing the Governor appoint a member who is retired or active from PORS, JSRS or NGRS.
-Add a new member who is an SCRS retiree appointed by the Senate President Pro Tempore.
-Add a new member who is an SCRS active appointed by the House Speaker.
-Members are limited to two five year terms and members serving on 6/30/15 may serve one more full term.
-Requires Certified Financial Planners to also have twelve years professional experience.
-Adds as a qualifying characteristic a certified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
-Adds as a qualifying characteristic twelve years experience in financial management of pensions or insurance plans.
-Adds as a qualifying characteristic twelve years experience as a certified public accountant with financial management, pension or insurance audit experience.
-Defines the role of the RSIC Executive Director and sets his duties. Changes the model so that the Executive Director employs the Chief Investment Officer.
-Requires the Executive Director to submit a budget to the RSIC before May 1st of each year with same information provided to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.
-All employees serve at the pleasure of the Executive Director.
-The Commission may engage attorneys on a fee basis for investment and management of assets.
Section 10 – (Page 15, Line 13) Role of executive director at RSIC.
-Adds the term “Subject to the oversight of the Executive Director” in the CFO’s development of the annual investment plan.
Section 11 – (Page 15, Line 25) Role of executive director at RSIC.
-Further defines the role of the Executive Director in the development of the annual investment plan.
Section 12 – (Page 15, Line 41) Assumed rate of return.
-The assumed rate of return expires 7/1/16 and every four years thereafter. By 1/1/16 PEBA must submit a proposed annual rate of return which is developed in consultation with its actuary and Commission as well as submitted to the Chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee. If the General Assembly fails to enact a joint resolution to enact a rate of return, the submitted rate stands.
Section 13 – (Page 16, Line 22) Role of executive director at RSIC.
-Further defines the role of the Executive Director.
Section 14 – (Page 17, Line 1) Rotation of fiduciary audit at RSIC.
-Sets a rotation for the RSIC fiduciary audit for every four years with the next audit scheduled for FY18-19.
Section 15 – (Page 17, Line 17) Exempts RSIC and PEBA from the Procurement Code.
Section 16 – (Page 17, Line 23) Provides that the act takes effect upon approval by the Governor (Section 3B, 3C, and 3D which address PEBA and RSIC membership composition to take effect on July 1, 2016).