2013 SC General Assembly Wrapup

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Carolinas AGC saw the first year of two-year SC legislative session  wrap up just weeks ago. Thus far the members of the General Assembly have  introduced 2143 bills. All bills that did not pass before they adjourned this  year will be carried over until the session that begins next January.  Unfortunately, the legislature only passed 105 bills this session, leaving a  lot of work for the second year of the session.

CAGC was able to  keep the construction industry in the forefront of several issues and ended the  year with several successes,  the  highlights of which are below:

Haley Signs Highway Funding Legislation: Gov. Nikki  Haley signed into law a $600 million road funding package that includes $50  million in recurring funds allocated to the State Infrastructure Bank to be  bonded for $500 million, $50 million in one-time funds to be used for bridge  repair, and moves half of the sales tax on automobiles to the Highway Fund on a  recurring basis, generating approximately $41 million annually. This is the  first time in over 20 years that the legislature has allocated money for the  roads in South Carolina. While it is a huge step in the right direction, the  legislature and the Governor agreed it is was only the first step in tackling  the state’s multi-billion dollar highway issue.

Abandoned  Buildings Revitalization Act Signed into Law: The SC Abandoned Buildings Revitalization  Act of 2013, H.3093, was signed  into law this session by Gov. Nikki Haley. This bill established provisions  allowing a taxpayer making qualifying investments in the rehabilitation of an  abandoned building to receive income tax credits or credits against property  tax liability in an amount comprising up to twenty-five percent of the rehabilitation  costs. These tax credits are available through 2019.

Government  Contracts Legislation Becomes Law: S. 438, also known  as the PLA bill, provides for fair and open competition in governmental  contracts by stipulating that state or local entities, officials and employees,  in regard to a public building, may not require or prohibit a bidder, offeror,  contractor or subcontractor from entering into or adhering to an agreement with  one or more labor organizations in regard to the project; and may not  discriminate against a bidder for becoming or refusing to become a signatory to  an agreement with one or more labor organizations. The bill also provides that  state and local entities shall not award a grant, tax abatement or tax credit  based on the inclusion of such agreements.  Read More.