SC Legislative Update – May 11

South Carolina Session Adjournment The South Carolina General Assembly has adjourned Sine Die.  The Budget Conference Committee will return to Columbia to meet next week to iron out the last few remaining issues.  The General Assembly will return on May 23 to address vetoes and outlying conference committee reports. The BIG news from this session is South…

SC Legislative Update – April 5

ABA Fly-In – At the beginning of last week, we joined other State Association Officials and representatives from Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Cheerwine and other major beverage companies in Washington D.C. for the American Beverage Association’s annual Fly-In — nearly 200 individuals participated.  We visited all members’ offices of the South Carolina delegation.  We expressed the…

SC Legislative Update – March 8

Gas Tax/Roads Bill The House has passed an increase in the state’s gas tax, similar to the bill they passed last year. The House’s version increases the gas tax by two cents each year over the next five years.  Each penny on gasoline and diesel fuel brings in $35 million annually.  The bill also adds…

SC Legislative Update – Jan. 16th

State of Haley Governor Nikki Haley delivered her final State of the State address last week in the chamber of the House of Representatives.  Her address was shorter, more reflective and more positive than in the past few years.  She is due to leave the Governor’s Mansion to become the Ambassador to the United Nations,…

SC Beverage Legislative Update

Roads Last year several southeastern states passed legislation raising their gas taxes to maintain and improve their states’ roads.  South Carolina, meanwhile, did nothing and has not increased its gas tax in thirty years.  At a hearing a few weeks ago, highway experts testified that we are just a few years away from parts of…

SC Beverage Legislative Update

​2016 at a Glance Legislators returned to Columbia last week to resume the 121st session in South Carolina.  The three major issues this year are going to be infrastructure, education and ethics.  The roads issue cannot be avoided any longer.  The damage from the flood event last year made the crumbling roads exponentially worse.  The…

Soda Tax: Not the Answer

To the Editor: Re “What a Big Tax on Soft Drinks Can Do” (editorial, Oct. 19): Discriminatory taxes on beverages do not improve public health, and they divert us from meaningful solutions to complex health challenges. In the few places where they have been tried, excise taxes that single out beverages have been shown to…