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South CarolinaH. 3374 to Rewrite the Local Government Fund Formula

H. 3374 dramatically rewrites the existing Local Government Fund (LGF) formula. H. 3374 was introduced on January 21, 2015, and is currently in the House Ways and Means Committee.

Links are available to several documents including: H. 3374, the letter from Reps. Merrill and White soliciting support for the bill, and SCAC's memo and analysis in opposition to the bill sent to all members of the House of Representatives.

Please read these materials to familiarize yourself with H. 3374 and the analysis of the bill. Then call your House members to ask them to oppose H. 3374.

This is also an opportunity to ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor of Rep. Southard’s bill to bring LGF funding up to the formula amount using a three-year phase-in period. There are already a significant group of co-sponsors, but the larger the number, the better. If your representative has already co-sponsored Rep. Southard’s bill, please thank them for their support. Rep. Southard’s bill would maintain the existing formula and return appropriations to that funding level.


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January 28, 2015
SCAC sent out two Legislative Alerts today with regard to H. 3374. To read more about this bill and its potential impact on the LGF formula, read...[Read More]
January 27, 2015
The text for H. 3429, legislation which would bring LGF funding up to the formula amount using a three-year phase-in period, is available at this...[Read More]
January 22, 2015
H. 3374 dramatically rewrites the existing Local Government Fund (LGF) formula. H. 3374 was introduced on January 21, 2015, and is currently in the...[Read More]
January 20, 2015
The Aiken Standard recently ran an editorial that discusses the state's infrastructure with regard to roads and local governments. View the article...[Read More]
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Annual Insurance Trusts Meeting

The Annual Insurance Trusts Membership meeting of the South Carolina Counties Workers’ Compensation Trust and the South Carolina Counties Property & Liability Trust will be held January 28th & 29th, 2015, at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach. On behalf of the Trusts, Board Chairman David Summers and I would like to personally extend an invitation to you to attend this important meeting.

Chairpersons of County Council, Chief Administrative Officers and Risk Managers will be in attendance to discuss the benefits of risk management for members of the Insurance Trusts. Presentations will be made on several important risk management topics that will help members learn strategies for saving money while managing their risks. Risk Management Awards will also be presented to members in several categories.

The meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. on January 28th and will conclude at 12:00 p.m. on January 29thHotel accommodations (room and tax only), attendance at an oyster roast on the evening of January 28th  and a continental breakfast on January 29th will be provided at no expense for the County Risk Managers, Council Chairpersons, and CAO’s. Spouses or one guest may also attend at no additional cost.

Other persons with safety and risk management responsibilities (Non-Designated attendees) are encouraged to attend the meetings and meals, but room reservations cannot be covered by SCAC. Non-Designated attendees should use the NON-DESIGNATED ATTENDEES REGISTRATION FORM. Non-Designated attendees must make their own hotel room reservations. Details regarding the reservation process can be found on the NON-DESIGNATED ATTENDEES REGISTRATION FORM.

Please complete and return a registration form no later than December 19th, 2014. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting in Myrtle Beach!

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S.C. Association of Counties 28th Annual Mid-Year Conference

SCAC will hold its 28th Annual Mid-Year Conference for County Officials on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia. Classes for the Institute of Government will be held on Thursday, February 19, the day after the Mid-Year Conference.

The Mid-Year Conference is designed for all county officials. Its purpose is to give a briefing of legislation affecting county governments which has been or is expected to be introduced in the General Assembly. Strategies for passage of county-interest bills will be discussed. Other activities include a Delegates' Luncheon on February 18 and a Legislative Reception that evening.

Pre-registration for the Mid-Year Conference is $145.00 per county delegate. The fee includes the Delegates' Luncheon, Legislative Reception, coffee breaks, and all conference materials. The deadline for pre-registration is Friday, February 6. After that date and on-site, registration will cost $160.00.

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