Politics & Government

Today at the S.C. State House: No local minimum wage hikes

Senators today are considering a bill that would stop local governments in South Carolina from unilaterally raising the minimum wage.

The Senate’s Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee will consider S.218, a bill approved by a subcommittee that says “no political subdivision of this state may not establish, mandate or otherwise require an employee benefit.”

In recent years, large cities in other states have instituted wage hikes that have exceeded the federal or state minimum wage, some as high as $15 an hour.

Also on the schedule for Thursday:

▪ 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Legislative Breakfast: South Carolina Broadcasters Association, Blatt Room 112

▪ 9 a.m. Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, Gressette Room 308

▪ 9 a.m. Senate Corrections and Penology Subcommittee on S.19 and S.20, Gressette Room 408

▪ 9 a.m. 2nd Annual 'State of Nuclear in South Carolina' Meeting, Gressette Room 105

▪ 9 a.m. House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee, Blatt Room 516

▪ 9 a.m. House Business, Commerce, and Administrative Subcommittee of the Regulations and Administrative Procedures Committee, Blatt Room 108

▪ 10 a.m. Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Gressette Room 209

▪ 10 a.m. General Senate Subcommittee on S.78, Gressette Room 207

▪ (Immediately upon adjournment of the House) House General Laws Subcommittee on H.3176 and H.3429, Blatt Room 108

▪ (Immediately upon adjournment of the House) House Tax Policy Review Committee, Blatt Room 516

▪ (30 minutes after the House adjourns) Economic Development, Transportation and Natural Resources Subcommittee of the Legislative Oversight Committee, Blatt Room 409

▪ (Upon adjournment of the House) Ethics Committee, Blatt Room 511

▪ (1 hour after the House adjourns) Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Legislative Oversight Committee, Blatt Room 403

▪ (15 minutes after the House adjourns) Freshmen Caucus, Blatt Room 321

▪ 1 p.m. Richland County Legislative Delegation, Blatt Room 110