The Municipal Association’s 2023 Hometown Legislative Action Day will take place on February 7, at the Marriott Columbia, bringing a focus to the issues that matter to cities and towns across South Carolina, and strengthening relationships between state legislators and municipal governments.
Conference sessions during HLAD will help city and town leaders know what to expect out of the 2023 legislative session, learn more about the Association’s 2023 – 2024 Advocacy Initiatives, and gain a better understanding about the new state law governing law enforcement policies and procedures.
Also on the agenda for Hometown Legislative Action Day is the “Council of Errors,” which will look at common errors that sometimes confront elected officials. The session will cover everything from personal attacks among councilmembers to arguments with the news media and improper voting procedures. The audience will be invited to spot as many errors as they can throughout this mock council meeting.
The Municipal Association app isn’t just for events, but it does offer plenty of HLAD information. Through the app, users can view the meeting agenda and decide on which of the concurrent sessions they want to attend. The app also gives users information on speakers, attendees and sponsors.
The parking garage behind the Marriott, with entrances on Hampton and Sumter streets, will have limited availability. Meeting attendees and hotel guests may not park above level 4-A in this garage or the vehicle will be towed. Additional parking will be available at the parking garage located at 1200 Taylor St., one block from the hotel. City parking fees will apply.
The Marriott will provide a shuttle between the hotel and the Cannon Garage on Taylor Street. For HLAD on February 7, the shuttle runs 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 7:30 p.m. For the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government on February 8, the shuttle runs 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Stay in the know
Beyond HLAD, there are some other steps city and town officials can also take to keep up with what’s happening at the State House, including by subscribing to From the Dome to Your Home, the Association’s weekly legislative report delivered by email every Friday during the session. There’s also a From the Dome to Your Home podcast taking a deeper dive into legislative action as it happens.