Thursday, February 2, 2023

2023 Hometown Legislative Action Day Coming Next Week

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.

Download the app 
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.

Download the app from Google Play and the App Store.

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. 

Shuttle service 
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.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Stay in the Know During the Legislative Session

The Municipal Association’s Hometown Legislative Action Day will take place Tuesday, February 7, in Columbia, giving municipal officials a time to learn about critical current issues ranging from short-term rentals to law enforcement policies, among others. Details on the meeting are available on the Association’s website and mobile app

The meeting is far from the only way for city and town officials to keep up with what’s happening at the State House. Here are numerous channels of information that officials can follow along with as the legislative session progresses: 

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Local Business License Renewal Center Setup Happens in January

The 2020 SC Business License Tax Standardization Act requires that local governments that levy a business license tax must offer a statewide online business license renewal portal. The Local Business License Renewal Center fulfills this requirement and gives businesses operating in multiple parts of the state an easy way to renew all of their licenses at once.

Because all business licenses now have a standard due date of April 30, January is the time for all cities and towns to ensure they are prepared to accept payments from the Renewal Center. Here are several key things for municipalities to know going into the setup period that ends January 25, 2023: 

Tasks for the business licensing main contact 

Every taxing jurisdiction has one staff member designated as the main contact for the Renewal Center. Those contacts need to make certain that their city or town has everything set up correctly in the Renewal Center. 

They must ensure that all of the current city or town business license data is imported into the Renewal Center. They need to make sure their city or town has set up an account with Stripe, the Renewal Center’s payment processor. They need to ensure the most current version of the jurisdiction’s business license is uploaded — the Municipal Association recommends adoption of the model business license ordinance — and make sure that the business license rate structures, penalty structures and excluded North American Industry Classification System codes, or NAICS codes, are edited and up to date. They should also make sure that the logo and authorized signature of the city or town are up to date, since these will appear on issued business licenses. 

Renewal notice letter mailouts 

The Renewal Center opens to businesses for their payments on February 1. Because of this, the Municipal Association recommends that cities and towns mail out their annual business license renewal notices in January. 

Notices need to include the business’ NAICS code number and business license account number. Also, because the Renewal Center identifies businesses by either a Federal Employee Identification Number or the business owner’s Social Security number, those cities and towns that are not already requesting this information should ask for it in the renewal notice so that businesses may use the Renewal Center. 

Revenue Analyst Fran Adcock is the Municipal Association’s staff contact for the Renewal Center. For those needing assistance with setup or renewal notices, contact her at or 803.933.1201. 

“Business Licensing Essentials” moves to second Tuesdays 

In 2022, the Association’s Local Revenue Services began hosting “Business Licensing Essentials,” a series of virtual training sessions on the many critical topics involved in the business licensing process. Last year, those monthly sessions took place on the second Wednesday at 10 a.m., but in 2023, the sessions will move to the second Tuesday. The sessions require no registration. When they begin, a login link can be found on the Association’s training calendar. Attending these sessions allows participants to gain points toward their Master in Business Licensing, or MBL reaccreditation.

More resources 

  • The Association’s website has a page that gathers together information about the Local Business License Renewal Center. 
  • The Renewal Center link for businesses to use is
  • The Renewal Center link for taxing jurisdictions to use when maintaining their accounts is