Good afternoon. With the legislature out, I am working in the office getting ready for the ACEC-SC Transportation Committee Meeting, the ACEC-SC Annual Meeting on June 6, 2019, and the SC Engineering Conference & Trade Show.
Though the legislature is out, I do have a couple of things to report. First, S.401, the utility relocation bill, was signed into law by Governor McMaster on Monday, May 13, 2019. Secondly, conference committees did meet this week. The budget conference committee, made up of Representatives Murrell Smith, Gary Simirill, and Todd Rutherford and Senators Hugh Leatherman, Darrell Jackson and Sean Bennett, met yesterday and made some progress, but will be back this afternoon to work more on the budget. ACEC-SC is paying attention to see if the tolling provisos will remain in the budget. I do not expect the House conferees to support these provisos.