Legislative Happenings

A message from Senator Gerald Malloy
District 29- Darlington, Chesterfield, Lee and Marlboro Counties

For the past week in the state Senate, discussion has been focused on S.977, a bill relating to refugees and voluntary resettlement organizations. The bill would require refugees to register with the SC Department of Social Services within 30 days of entering the state. The registration information required will be maintained by the Department on a database available to the public on the Department’s Internet website. Debate will continue next week on the bill.

In agriculture news, H.4717, a bill creating the S.C. Farm Aid Fund, was reported out of the Finance Committee and will now go on the Senate Calendar. The Fund was created to provide grants to farmers who have suffered as a result of the historic flooding that occurred in the fall of 2015. Work to aid our farming community will continue in the Senate in the near future.

For the past year, I have worked on a bill restructuring the degrees of arson, with a goal of deterrence and to stiffen penalties to support our state firefighters. The bill, H.3545, was adopted by both houses this week and will soon become law. On Wednesday, I was honored to be inducted into the Society of the Maltese Cross by the South Carolina Firefighters’ Association. We were joined and escorted to the ceremony by Chief Jeff Burr of the Hartsville Fire Department. Once a year, the SC Firefighters Association recognize a Senator and a member of the House of Representatives who share in their values and who have supported South Carolina firefighters in meeting their goals. I am truly honored and grateful to be a part of this Society and to be recognized by our firefighters. I appreciate and want to thank our firefighters for their constant bravery, courage, loyalty, service and protection.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers as we move forward in the legislative year with many important issues to address for the benefit of our State. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns that you may have. Thank you for the opportunity to serve and I look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Information:
Senate Office of Gerald Malloy, PO Box 142, Columbia, SC 29202.
Email: geraldmalloy@scsenate.gov Office Telephone: (803) 212- 6172

Author: Duane Childers

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