Scoppe: The Haley bills

Associate EditorSeptember 29, 2010 

The one bill Rep. Nikki Haley has introduced since she was elected in 2004 to become law was a 2008 measure to allow people to shampoo your hair in a beauty salon without being licensed.

The House also adopted her 2009 rules change that required representatives to take recorded votes on each section of the state budget and on conference committee reports and Senate changes to House-passed bills.

The remaining bills she has introduced — all of which died in committee unless otherwise noted — proposed to:

♦  Make the House recorded-voting rule state law, and also require recorded votes on second reading of all bills and joint resolutions and third reading of any bills that were amended on third. There was no requirement that votes be recorded on amendments. The bill, similar to one she introduced the previous session, passed the House this spring, while Ms. Haley was at a campaign event, and died in the Senate.

♦  Require zero-based budgeting — that is, that the budget be written from scratch, rather than simply added to or subtracted from.

♦  Limit annual budget growth to the rate of inflation plus the rate of population growth, require zero-based budgeting and prohibit a final vote on the budget until it had been posted online for three days.

♦  Require legislators to report all earned income and retainer or fee income and prohibit public officials and their immediate family from having contracts with the level of government on which they serve.

♦  Prohibit anyone from serving more than eight years in the House or Senate or 12 years in both.

♦  Classify it as child abuse for women to use cocaine, meth, narcotics and other illegal drugs while they are pregnant. Although some solicitors already bring such charges, there’s nothing in state law that defines the crime.

♦  Increase the maximum speed limit for mopeds from 30 to 40 mph and eliminate a limit on their horsepower.

♦  Require school vacation and holiday camps that operate for more than five days at a time to be registered as child-care facilities, along with shopping center facilities that keep children for more than two hours.

♦  Clarify that the homestead exemption for veterans, police and firefighters who are disabled, or their spouses if they die in the line of duty, applies starting the year when death or disability occurs.

♦  Prohibit local governments and homeowners associations from banning solar energy devices on homes. This bill passed the House, but died in a Senate committee.

♦  Require colleges to provide students with specific information on immunization.

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