Motion to Recall S. 928 (Refugees)

Motion to Recall S. S 0928 Joint Resolution, By Bryant, Peeler, Fair and Bright
Summary: Refugees
A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROHIBIT STATE AGENCIES FROM TAKING ACTION IN RELATION TO REFUGEES PLACED IN THIS STATE AS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ACT UNTIL NEW SECURITY MEASURES ARE IMPLEMENTED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT; TO PROHIBIT STATE AGENCIES FROM ACCEPTING ANY NEW REFUGEES AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ACT UNTIL NEW SECURITY MEASURES ARE IMPLEMENTED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT; AND TO DIRECT THE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION TO WORK WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO CONFIRM REFUGEES PLACED IN THIS STATE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DO NOT POSE A PUBLIC SAFETY RISK.
Ayes 22; Nays 14
AYES

Alexander                 Bennett                   Bright
Bryant                    Campsen                   Cleary
Corbin                    Courson                   Cromer
Davis                     Fair                      Grooms
Hayes                     Hembree                   Martin, Larry
Massey                    Peeler                    Reese
Thurmond                  Turner                    Verdin
Young

Total–22
NAYS

Allen                     Coleman                   Hutto
Jackson                   Johnson                   Kimpson
Lourie                    Malloy                    Matthews, John
Matthews, Margie          Sabb                      Scott
Sheheen                   Williams

Gov. Haley: Domestic Violence Reforms

January 7, 2016 For immediate release Contact: Brian Symmes, 803-673-9437
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Gov. Haley Was Joined By Members Of The S.C. Domestic Violence Task Force And Solicitors From Around The State
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Nikki Haley, members of the South Carolina Domestic Violence Task Force, and solicitors from around the state held a Statehouse press conference today announcing the implementation of the first set of significant, statewide reforms to address domestic violence in South Carolina.
Less than a year after the Task Force presented her with recommendations, Governor Haley announced that 10 of those recommendations have been addressed through a combination of Executive Orders, the governor’s Executive Budget, and agreements with state boards and non-government associations.
Actions taken by Governor Haley and the S.C. Task Force:
• Governor Haley announced that her Executive Budget for 2016-2017 will fund new prosecutors, new judges, and new public defenders to end the practice of law enforcement officers prosecuting domestic violence crimes in the courtroom, which will also reduce caseloads, decrease backlogs, and ensure that a dedicated prosecutor is assigned to every county in South Carolina.
Executive Order 2016-02 – extends the Task Force to ensure that all 50 Task Force recommendations will be completed and that meaningful results are rendered for the people of South Carolina.
Executive Order 2016-03 – orders that all Cabinet agencies adopt a comprehensive HR policy for domestic violence that includes procedures for confidentiality, safety and security, performance and leave, and educating employees regarding available resources.
Executive Order 2016-04 – orders certain Cabinet agencies that offer direct client services to adopt a risk assessment screening policy for domestic violence.
• The Task Force has received commitments from nine professional boards to include domestic violence training in their continuing education:  Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Cosmetologists, and Counselors and Therapists.
• The Task Force has created a one-page regional brochure to be printed from LLR’s website for those professional boards to distribute and make available in offices in all parts of the state.
• The Task Force has created a standardized reporting form for local governments to use when sending their annual report to the Treasurer’s Office of how criminal fines and fees are spent on victim services.
Additional information about the S.C. Domestic Violence Task Force can be found on Governor Haley’s website.-###-

regulation: open letter to collegues

regulationDear Colleague, 

I hope that you all are well and enjoying your last week of 2015. I have pasted below a recent editorial from the Wall Street Journal that I believe illuminates a problem that we can take steps toward solving here in SC–over regulation. I am particularly struck by these two comments from the article: “It takes 372 days on average to become a licensed cosmetologist, but only 33 days to become an emergency medical technician…”, and “If nonviolent ex-offenders who paid their debt to society aren’t able to obtain a license for certain types of employment, how can we expect them to rejoin society, partake in American life, create value in their communities and improve their lives” Not only is our regulatory system seriously out of balance, but it hurts those very people in society whom we most need to help by clearing barriers from their paths.

I hope that you will take a moment to read this article and consider how we might work on solving this problem. I am committed, as a member and subcommittee chair of the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, to doing all that I can to reduce the burden on our businesses and citizens, especially those whose other life circumstances stand in the way of their ability to meet an arbitrary, and usually extremely high, set of standards in order simply to pursue a vocation and provide for their families. I hope that you will let me know your ideas, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

I look forward to working with you toward these goals as the session begins in January. 

Happy New Year! Sincerely, Kevin

By MARK V. HOLDEN Dec. 8, 2015 6:48 p.m. ET

More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” Although Jefferson didn’t have CrossFit trainers, cosmetologists, hair braiders and ride-sharing companies in mind when he penned this prescient line in a letter to Edward Carrington, they’re a perfect demonstration of the truth of the sentiment.

Earlier this year the White House released a report detailing how occupational licensing laws affect the economy: “more than one-quarter of U.S. workers now require a license to do their jobs” and “the share of workers licensed at the State level has risen five-fold since the 1950s.”

If that sounds benign, consider that licenses for low- and middle-income professions on average cost more than $200 and require nine months of training and at least one exam, according to the Institute for Justice. There’s scant evidence that these hurdles improve quality or safety, so why does government make it so difficult for Americans to improve their lives by plying a new trade?

It takes 372 days on average to become a licensed cosmetologist, but only 33 days to become an emergency medical technician, known as an EMT. In several states, a hair-braiding license requires 1,500 hours of training and multiple exams. For those with limited means, that may prove impossible.

Rather than removing these obstacles, government at all levels increasingly protects the “haves” at the expense of the “have-nots.” Consider the response to Uber, which threatens the municipal taxi system monopoly. Instead of allowing entrepreneurs to develop services that succeed or fail on the merits, politicians have encouraged businesses to seek out favors. As a result, politicians try to protect their supporters from competition instead of encouraging it.

Last year the city council of Washington, D.C. passed a measure requiring CrossFit and other fitness trainers to register with the mayor’s office and pay a fee. But it was heartening in September to see the council take steps to scrap the idea of requiring them to obtain a license from the city.

Who pushed for these laws? The Board of Physical Therapy, a little-known agency within the D.C. Health Department charged with regulating the practice. This board, composed mostly of physical therapists, is a textbook case of a special interest working with the government to restrict competition.

Lawmakers across the country are beginning to see the folly of such requirements. Legislators in Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin are considering abolishing and even prohibiting new occupational licenses.

The harm of licensing rules shouldn’t be underestimated: By one assessment, such regulation has prevented the creation of nearly three million jobs and lowered entrepreneurship rates. Instead of licenses, states could require certification, a lower qualification that doesn’t bar outsiders from offering a similar service.

Reducing burdensome requirements on job seekers is part of reforming the criminal justice system. If nonviolent ex-offenders who paid their debt to society aren’t able to obtain a license for certain types of employment, how can we expect them to rejoin society, partake in American life, create value in their communities and improve their lives? By removing these needless barriers to opportunity, we can offer a hand up to the people who need it most.

Mr. Holden is general counsel and senior vice president at Koch Industries.

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, From: Morgan, Ethan, Hannah, Tyler, Kevin & Ann Bryant
“Who is this King of Glory?, The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.” Psalm 24

Duncan on ressettlement

Friends,I am getting a lot of criticism from outside South Carolina for wanting our nation to hit pause with regard to the refugee resettlement program for Syria and other countries with known radical Islamic terrorist cells.

I am charged with a responsibility to defend the nation and our Constitution. I am on two House Committees with jurisdiction in this area: Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs.

I have been told on the record, in response to the questions I asked for South Carolinians, by the Director of FBI and the Secretary of Homeland Security, that we cannot properly vet the backgrounds or identities of refugees coming from Syria due to the lack of documentation, destroyed records after three years of civil war and the mass theft of documents in Syria which are now being used for falsified identities by many migrants heading into Europe.
As a Christian, I have compassion and sympathy for these refugees. I visited with many in a refugee camp holding 120,000 in Jordan.
But compassion cuts two ways. We should also be cognizant of the compassion we should show our fellow citizens here in America. That compassion is exemplified by using commonsense in addressing the national security concerns our nation faces. Our compassion should be, too, to make sure, to the best of our abilities that no harm comes to our fellow countrymen. We should do everything to make sure that elements of evil are not introduced, due to our compassionate hearts, into the neighborhoods, towns, cities and states of our great Nation.
I owe that to you, my fellow Americans.

Jeff Duncan

Jeff Duncan is from Laurens, South Carolina and serves as the Congressman for the Third Congressional District. Jeff has been recognized as a defender of the Constitution, a fiscal conservative champion, and a protector of family values. Jeff is married to his high school sweetheart Melody, and they have three boys.
 

www.JeffDuncan.com

resettlement: Anderson County Council’s rejection

anderson.county.councilA few weeks ago, the Anderson County Council passed this Resolution. I appreciate the adoption and the very strong language.
#R2015-057 RESOLUTION OF THE ANDERSON COUNTY COUNCIL ASSERTING NON PARTICIPATION IN THE REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROJECT.
WHEREAS the Anderson County Council is the designated governing body authorized to use appropriate ordinances, resolutions and police powers to protect the health, safety and welfare of
WHEREAS the issue of resettlement of refugees from the Middle East and other illegal aliens is a matter of the most urgent concern, as it involves vital issues of national security, terrorism, public health, and public safety, and expenditures of public taxpayer funds; and
BE IT RESOLVED that the Anderson County Council will not approve or proceed with the Refugee Resettlement Project within the borders of Anderson County, South Carolina; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Anderson County Council calls on all South Carolina public officials, governmental and non-governmental to immediately cease and desist from all placements of refugees anywhere within the state of South Carolina until the South Carolina Legislature convenes and passes legislation reflecting the will of the people in South Carolina by approving a state public policy on any and all refugee resettlement within South Carolina.
PASSED AND ADOPTED this 20th day of October, 2015:

letter from Gov. Haley to John Kerry

Gov. Haley has responded to the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. Click here to read the letter: 2015.11.15.haley.kerry

Resettlement: letter to Gov. Haley

November 16, 2015paris.attack
The Honorable Nikki R. Haley
Office of the Governor
1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Dear Governor Haley,
The citizens of Spartanburg County pleaded with you back in the Spring to halt the influx of unknown and unaccountable strangers into their community. The promises of the Obama Administration that it had vetted these individuals probably mirrored those given by the European Union to Parisians–and see where we are now. We simply cannot welcome potential terrorists as “refugees” from jihadist strongholds in the Middle East and Africa. Your record of support for this program must end–today.
I again join my colleagues in the General Assembly and implore you to cancel the agreement that you and the South Carolina Department of Social Services have made with third party groups to provide shelter to these potential terrorists. Your first duty is to South Carolina and her citizens. Please do not fail them.
Sincerely, Kevin L. Bryant, SC Senate District 3
To see the actual letter, please click here: 2015.11.16.haley.resettlement

Homebuilder’s Support

It’s great to have the support of the state and local homebuilders!home.builders

Carly Fiorina coming to Anderson 11.30.2015

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 1st MONDAY CLUB OF ANDERSON will host
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE CARLY FIORINA

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th6 P.M. (doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

ANDERSON CIVIC CENTER, 3027 Martin Luther King Blvd Anderson 29625

This is a FREE event and open to the public but you must sign up at the following link:

Mrs. Fiorina will speak and take your questions from the audience.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the candidate.

This will be a seated event.  We will work to have seats near the front reserved for members and their guest.  Will send details in a future update.   Please feel free to share this email with your family and friends. Also this is a great opportunity for high school students to see the process.  Please send this to local students in the area.  An article will be in the Anderson Independent tomorrow.

Let’s give Carly a big warm Anderson welcome!
*This will take the place of our December Meeting.