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South Carolina voters will be presented with two strong fiscal responsibility Constitutional Amendments on General Election Day, November 8. Before you go to the polls, make sure you are informed! See More
Investing in S.C. Citizens, Investing in Education, Investing in Infrastructure, Investing in Law Enforcement and State Employees, Investing in Our State, Investing in State Reserves. read more
Medical Marijuana & Constitutionality, Restructuring DHEC, Cutting Taxes in SC, Save Women’s Sports, Teacher Appreciation Week and S. 946, Supporting our Veterans, South Carolina: an Agriculture State! read more
House Republican Caucus: Week 14 Legislative Update - Election Integrity Update, Protecting Innocent Life, Preventing Human Trafficking, Looking Ahead. read more
"The bill that has been introduced for South Carolina calls for a 10% tax rate on adjusted gross revenue. So it would be a real income producer for the state." read more
Critical Race Theory Outlawed In SC House. read more
Crossover Week. read more
Counting Down to Crossover. read more
Ramping Up for Budget Week. read more
1 Person, 1 Vote: Election Integrity in SC. read more
Relief, Roads, Reserves + Raises. read more
Allowing persons to carry a handgun without a permit, Diverting gas tax dollars to pay local officials, Election law challenges and appointments + more.
This Act would create a well-regulated medical cannabis program to allow individuals with serious illnesses to use and safely access medical cannabis when recommended by their physicians.
Require testing for a detectable fetal heartbeat before an abortion is performed on a pregnant woman and to prohibit the performance of an abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, both with medical emergency exceptions, to require certain documentation and record keeping by physicians performing abortions, to create a civil action for a pregnant woman upon whom an abortion is performed, to create criminal penalties, and for other purposes.
Amend the Code of laws of SC, 1976, by adding section 44-6-38 so as to require the SC Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse practitioners for mental health telehealth services delivered to patients enrolled in Medicaid.
Provide additional penalties for persons who commit certain delineated crimes when the victim was intentionally selected based on certain factors, and to provide victims of such violation the option to bring a civil action for damages sustained.
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As Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Healthcare, I have been a steadfast champion of Telehealth. As a result, SC has made significant strides in this area, which has played a crucial role in circumventing many of the challenges related to the pandemic.
Adoption is one of the best, most pro-life solutions, yet continues to be overlooked. As it stands, the adoption process is too rigorous, expensive and lacks the transparency to be a viable option.
A special thank you to Van Phillips. Not only has he been an invaluable asset to my re-election campaign, Van was instrumental in researching and drafting this legislation.
The S1071 the “Firefighter Cancer Health Care Benefit Plan” passed the SC House with a vote of 108-1. This bill provides for a supplemental insurance policy for both volunteer + career firefighters. As you can see by the graphic* above, the men + women in this line of duty are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer as a direct result of their service.
*courtesy of the South Carolina Firefighters website.
I want to thank the Bluffton Police Department, Beaufort County Sheriff’s office and the US Marshall's Service for all of their parts in the apprehension of the MS-13 Gang member. Eric Bonilla, wanted for six murders and terrorist threats, was apprehended due to the bravery and quick thinking of the Bluffton police and was aided by the US Marshall Service and Beaufort County Sheriff’s office.
In politics, I try to bring both sides of the aisle together, I always have. In addition, I have always been straight forward and done my best to represent all of the constituents of this district, these counties and this state. What I have to say here is not intended to be divisive, but is intended to bring us together for the sake of our families, our area and our state. A couple of points we need to bring home, some of which you may agree to and some of you may disagree with - it's your right but this is a fact-based column.
You can agree or disagree with the Biden administration’s six-month report card of high fuel prices, high food prices, and his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal. On the latter, I question what he would have done differently if he was working WITH the Taliban, but I'll leave that for a different discussion. I know all of these policies and decisions have affected the American public. Biden’s open border policy, in my mind, is the most egregious. For the record, I have been of being very pro legal immigration and have voted for dreamers’ issues here in SC.
We saw our brave men and women in blue apprehend the Bluffton MS-13 Gang member, Eric Bonilla, wanted for the six murders and terrorists’ threats come at a time when some on the radical left want to defund the police. This comes at a time when the Biden administration and radical left attempts at open, unvetted borders. The only results we have seen nationally from open borders is unvetted, illegal immigrants crossing the borders with no mandate for vaccine and no background checks. Sounds like national sensationalism until it hits this close to home.
We have a well-trained, trustworthy, community oriented, professional police force that fortunately took care of this threat. How many more MS-13 gang members possibly live in this community? How many more MS-13 gang members live in this state? How many more live in this country? If the borders are unsecured it puts every man woman and child at risk. Think of the families that lived close to this MS-13 gang member. Think of the houses he had access to as a worker here in Beaufort County. Does this open border policy make sense for your safety and the safety of your family and neighbors? When a policy or an administration is failing, we as a nation need to have the collective wisdom and fortitude to call it and end it.
This is not a hammering of the Democrats, I believe the Kennedy Democrats would agree. This is a call out for those who want to compromise our community with dangerous open border policies, anti-law enforcement sentiments and anti-middle class family actions, such as we've seen in the past seven months.
I will do my part as your elected representative to always support law enforcement, to always support the safety and wellbeing of our families and our communities and to work with other state leaders to ensure a positive growth and safe environment for all our families. If party politics and Executive policies run contrary to our values and way of life, I'll work hard at the state level to combat those policies and keep our residents safe, free and prosperous.
If you see a Bluffton Police Officer, Beaufort Sheriff's Deputy, Hardeeville or Ridgeland Police Officer or Highway Patrol this week, give them a nod or a thumbs up for the good work they do and acknowledge that they are, often times, what stands between our families’ safety and danger.