SOUTH CAORLINA BAPTIST CONVENTION LEGISLATIVE UPDATE February 16, 2024 HOUSE SENDS CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY BACK TO THE SENATE The South Carolina House stripped out the amendments made by the Senate to the Constitutional Carry bill and sent their original House bill back to the Senate for consideration. The Senate had amended the House version lowering the…
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PUBLIC AFFAIRS LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT PARTICPATION NEEDED FOR SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING ON H4724 The South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee will hear testimony on Wednesday, February 14 for and against H4624. This bill passed the House by a vote of 82-23. If enacted, it will ban puberty blockers, trans-hormone treatments, and transgender surgery for minors.
SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE This has been a very productive week in the South Carolina Legislature. We enjoyed a very good response to the BBQ lunch we provided for our lawmakers, with pastors and other Baptist leaders enjoying fellowship and good conversation around the table with our lawmakers. Our legislators listened to our ideas, and
I have encouraging news from the South Carolina Legislature. On Tuesday, January 22, H3424 (The Child Online Safety Act) and H4700 (South Carolina Social Media Regulation Act) both passed with unanimous, bipartisan support from the House Judiciary Committee! The Child Online Safety Act will prevent online porn companies from disseminating their material to minors and
SCBC POLICY ACTION ALERT On Wednesday, January 10, the House 3M and Medical Affairs Committee passed H4624 (Do No Harm) to the floor of the House. H4624 would outlaw gender transition surgeries, puberty blockers, and cross hormone treatments for minors. As the bill heads to the floor, those who oppose this protection for minors are
SCBC POLICY UPDATE 1/8/2024 I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and a very happy and blessed New Year! Normally, the South Carolina General Assembly meets briefly on the first day of a new session and then adjourns with little more than a introductory meeting. Obviously, 2024 is not going to be a normal year.
Tony Beam was elected as vice chair to the board of trustees for the Ethics & Religions Liberty Commission of the SBC. The unanimous vote to elect all the new officers took place during the ERLC meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on September 13th. Beam currently serves as Director of Church & Community Engagement at North
SOUTH CAROLINA BAPTIST CONVENTION OFFICE OF PUBLIC POLICY URGENT PRO-LIFE UPDATE Earlier today, the South Carolina Supreme Court released their decision on the Fetal Heartbeat Bill. In a strong 4-1 vote, the Court upheld the constitutionality of the Heartbeat Bill and voided the stay that was in place preventing the law from taking effect. Staring
SCBAPTIST CONVENTION OFFICE OF PUBLIC POLICYLEGISLATIVE UPDATE6/21/2023 HEARTBEAT BILL AT THE SC SUPREME COURT As I am sure you know, the hard fought battle over the Heartbeat Bill cannot be considered won until the S.C. Supreme Court weighs in. On May 25, Gov. Henry McMaster signed the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act (S474)
SOUTH CAROLINA BAPTIST CONVENTIONOFFICE OF PUBLIC POLICYLEGISLATIVE UPDATE S.C. Supreme Court Sets Oral Arguments Following a decision by a majority of this Court that the Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act, S.C. Code Ann. §§ 44-41-610 to -740 (Supp. 2022) (the 2021 Act), was unconstitutional, the South Carolina General Assembly revised the 2021 Act and enacted