Friday, February 28, 2014
For the second time this year, the General Assembly did not meet last week due to winter storm Pax. Our area was hit particularly hard by the ice and its devastating damage. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those in the emergency preparedness and emergency response areas, including local law enforcement, fire departments, city, county and state agencies, and those who work for the regional electric providers. They did an outstanding job, with very little rest, and we know that they will be working long hours as we attempt to recover from this terrible storm.
We again spent part of this week trying to catch up on those committee and sub-committee meetings which had to be rescheduled from last week. We continued with our debate of H.3945, the bill creating the S. C. Commission on Ethics Enforcement and Disclosure. Late on Thursday afternoon, the bill was given second reading, with the agreement that all pending amendments will be debated before it can receive a vote on third reading.
The State House was visited by many groups this week, including the S. C. Association of Counties and the Future Farmers of America. It is heartwarming to see so many young people interested in the future of agriculture and farming, something so vital to our state.
A bill was introduced this week relating to the protection of vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect or exploitation. The Lieutenant Governor, who oversees the Office on Aging, has identified this as an area that needs attention, and you frequently see instances of this in the news, both local and national. We must all be vigilant of our neighbors and even family members who may be potential targets for these crimes.
Please feel free to contact me on any issue. I can be reached at my district address P.O. Box 759, Kingstree SC 29556 (843-355-7217); or at my legislative office in Columbia, P. O. Box 142, Columbia, S. C. 29202, 803-212-6132, or through my email address – YanceyMcGill@scsenate.gov.
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