Today is the day. South Carolina’s legislators return to the State House today for the beginning of the 2017-18 session.
Lawmakers have no shortage of issues to address during their four-month stay in Columbia, but the first item they will take up today is the pressure on the pension system for state employees.
A joint committee of House and Senate members are meeting to discuss how to plug the roughly $20 billion shortfall in the pension system. The State Fiscal Accountability Authority has already approved an increase in the amount employees have to contribute to their own retirement.
Here’s a rundown of today’s meetings.
▪ 9:30 a.m. Joint Committee on Pension Systems Review, Gressette Room 308
▪ 10 a.m. SC Legislative Black Caucus, Blatt Room 427
▪ 10 a.m. Education Oversight Committee Academic Standards and Assessments Subcommittee, Brown Building Room 467
▪ 10 a.m. House Legislative Oversight Committee, Blatt Room 516
▪ 10:30 a.m. Ways and Means Higher Education and Technical Schools Budget Subcommittee, Blatt Room 511
▪ 11 a.m. House Majority Caucus, Blatt Room 112 (will resume after the House adjurns)
▪ 11 a.m. House Minority Caucus, Blatt Room 305 (will resume after the House adjurns)
▪ (Upon adjournment of the House) Ways and Means Higher Education and Technical Schools Budget Subcommittee, Blatt Room 511
4 KEY DATES
For the S.C. legislative session that starts Tuesday
Tuesday: First day of session
Wednesday: Gov. Nikki Haley delivers her last State of the State speech
Feb. 20: S.C. House Ways and Means committee begins its budget deliberations, ultimately developing a spending plan that goes to the full House and, later, the state Senate
May 11: Last day of the regular session