A group of municipal officials were on Capitol Hill today to talk with SC delegation members about the Marketplace Fairness Act, the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act and the threat to the municipal bond tax exemption.
Sen. Graham voted for the Marketplace Fairness Act when it passed the Senate last year, and he told the group that final passage is critical to saving the state's downtowns from unfair out-of-state online competition. The House version of the legislation is scheduled for a hearing in the Juduciary committee this Wednesday. The group also met with Rep. Gowdy's staff about MFA because he serves on Judiciary.
The group met with Sen. Scott's staff and they heard from the group about the same issues as discussed with Sen. Graham. The Senator's chief of staff is a former city councilmember from Colorado so he was well aware of local government challenges.
The Senator's staff briefed the officials about the Senator's Opportunity Agenda and asked the group to let him know if they are aware of good apprentice programs in SC that could be duplicated on a larger scale.