COLUMBIA, S.C. — ID-theft protection. An animal-abuser registry. A mandatory EKG for all high school athletes. A hurricane-preparedness sales tax holiday.
Those were just a few of the more 151 bills S.C. House lawmakers filed on Tuesday, the first of two deadlines for prefiling legislation for the 2013 session.
The bills officially won’t be introduced until Jan. 8, when the legislative session begins. But they give a glimpse of what lawmakers are thinking about heading into the session.
• Filed four bills directly dealing with the fallout of the massive security breach at the Department of Administration. Two would provide state income tax credits or deductions to buy identity theft protection, and would create a state chief information officer.
• Filed four bills that would place term limits on state lawmakers. Two would limit lawmakers to eight years at the State House, whether the House, Senate or both. One would limit S.C. House members to 10 years and limit S.C. Senate members to 16 years. A fourth bill would authorize lawmakers to set term limits but did not specify what they should be.
• Filed one bill that would allow early voting in South Carolina, opening the polls 30 days before an election.
State Rep. Peter McCoy, R-Charleston, filed a bill that would create a “hurricane-preparedness” weekend, where shoppers could buy items including batteries, generators and cell-phone chargers without paying state sales tax. State Rep. Deborah Long, R-Lancaster, filed a bill that would require county sheriffs to keep a publicly available list of people convicted of animal-abuse offenses.
State Rep. John King, D-York, filed a bill that would require all high school athletes to take an EKG. The bill comes after Ronald Rouse, a football player for Hartsville High School, collapsed and died during a game this season. The coroner later said Rouse had a heart condition. Playing for Rouse, Hartsville High School went on to win the state championship.
House lawmakers will submit a second batch of prefiled bills on Dec. 18. State senators will prefile bills Thursday and Dec. 18.
Reach Beam at (803) 386-7038.