By Copper Dome Strategies

Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

Gov. Henry McMaster signed a number of bills into law that were passed and ratified by the General Assembly. The General Assembly does not currently have plans to return this year.

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Gov. McMaster signed the following bills into law this week:


Act 184 – H.4940 This Joint Resolution establishes the Electricity Market Reform Measures Study Committee. The committee would study redesigning rate structures and alternative energy plans, including the restructuring of existing electric transmission service, or joining an existing or creating a new regional transmission organization (RTO) that may require changes to state law as well as federal authorization. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the governor and is contingent upon appropriations by the General Assembly.


Act 180 – H.4431, business license tax standardization. A high priority for the business community for a number of years, the new law includes:

  • Standardized filing for taxpayers
  • Online payment portal to pay all business taxes in one place
  • Creates uniform appeals process before the Administrative Law Court
  • Clarifies definition of gross income
  • Prohibits jurisdiction from sharing private data
  • Businesses not wanting to utilize the portal may still file in person, by phone or mail

This act took effect upon approval by the Governor.


Act 155 – S.545, the Internal Revenue Code conformity. The bill also includes provisions related to assessing property of businesses and other entities and requires all counties to use the DOR-approved PT-100 form for filing business personal property assessments. The bill was amended by the House to forgive and exclude gross income from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for federal and state income tax purposes. Further, to the extent the federal government allows the deduction of expenses associated with the forgiven PPP loans, these expenses will be allowed as a deduction for South Carolina income tax purposes. The bill does not conform to one provision relating to a temporary suspension on limitations to charitable contributions associated with qualified disaster relief, which can be revisited in January. The act took effect upon approval by the Governor.


Act 176 – H.3780, creating the “Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program” to facilitate the deployment of broadband service to unserved areas of the state. The bill incentivizes providers to build and deploy quickly. It is estimated that approximately 190,000 homes in South Carolina do not have broadband service. The Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) is vested with the authority to ascertain the compliance of communications service providers, electric cooperatives and broadband affiliates. The act took effect upon approval by the Governor.

Act 190 – H.4262, which enacts the “South Carolina Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act.” The bill deals with the deployment of small cell and wireless facilities and other next-generation (5G) wireless. The bill establishes uniform rates and fees for the permitting and deployment of small wireless facilities in the right-of-way and on authority infrastructure, including poles, throughout the State. The act took effect upon approval by the Governor.


Last Friday, Gov. McMaster signed into law H.3210, Phase II authorization of the remaining funds from the federal CARES Act. The plan includes:

  • $420 million – Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund
  • $115 million – Local governments and colleges mitigation
  • $73 million – DHEC statewide testing and monitoring
  • $20 million – MUSC statewide testing
  • $25 million – Grant program for non-profits (food, rent, housing, utilities, mental health, behavioral health, arts and culture grants from $2,500-$50,000)
  • $40 million – Minority Relief Grant Program funding

The act took effect upon approval by the Governor.


To view all of the governor’s previous Executive Orders, click here.

For more information from SC DHEC on the virus, click here.

The DHEC Care Line is available to provide general information about COVID-19 by calling 1-855-472-3432 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., seven days per week.

COVID-19 Screening & Testing Sites

Other helpful links:

The Emergency Management Division provides links to important information, including the SC Department on Aging, SC Childcare, the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, the Department of Revenue and the SC Department of Insurance.

South Carolina Department of Commerce for small business information and assistance.

For additional resources that may be beneficial to your organization’s recovery efforts, visit Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd’s COVID-19 Resources page (Copper Dome Strategies is a subsidiary of HSB).

South Carolina Health Alert Network

South Carolina COVID-19 Emergency Supply Sourcing & Manufacturing


The General Assembly’s Sine Die Resolution, S.1194, allows them to continue past the mandatory May 14 Sine Die deadline to complete unfinished business if necessary.

Each House will stand adjourned to meet at the call of the President Pro Tem of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Unless the session is otherwise adjourned Sine Die at an earlier date, the 2020 session of the General Assembly shall stand adjourned Sine Die not later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8.


The General Assembly has no plans to return to Columbia. We will keep you apprised of any legislative activity.


Thank you for following SCACPA’s ‘The View from the Dome’ for State House Developments on Tax Issues Through SC’s 2020 Legislative Session. Here is a review of our weekly updates in 2020.

Jan. 10: South Carolina’s Pending Tax Bills and Your 2020 Legislative Preview

Jan. 17: Gov. McMaster’s Executive Budget Calls for Tax Cuts, Rebates for Taxpayers

Jan. 24: McMaster’s State of the State Emphasizes Tax Cuts, Rebates, Teacher Raises; Business License Tax Talks Continue

Jan. 31: House Subcommittee Hears Budget Request from SC Chief Justice to Improve Case Management System

Feb. 7: Senate Finance Committee Approves Business Personal Property Bill for DOR Filing

Feb. 14: Board of Economic Advisors Announces Largest Budget Surplus in SC History

Feb. 21: House Floor Debate is Up Next for Budget After Ways and Means Committee Plan Adopted

Feb. 28: House Members Have Upcoming Week to Study Budget Before Floor Debate

March 6: Education Reform Bill Moves from Senate to House; DHEC Tells of Coronavirus Resources

March 13: Senate Bills Make Progress for Conformity, Business Personal Property and Business License Tax Reform

March 20: A Look Inside the $45M COVID-19 Relief Package for DHEC; Return of Legislators is on Hold

March 27: Legislative Session Remains Postponed; Candidate Filing Period Ends on March 30

April 3: General Assembly Will Convene for One Day on April 8; State Elections Leader Suggests List of Voting Adjustments

April 10: Here are Details of General Assembly’s Unresolved Continuing Resolution Situation for State Operations Budget

April 17: McMaster Announces ‘Accelerate South Carolina’ Revitalization Plan, Details to Come

April 24: accelerateSC Revitalization Task Force Goes to Work

May 1: General Assembly Set to Return to State House on May 12

May 8: Gov. McMaster Announces that Indoor Dining in SC Can Resume on May 11

May 15: General Assembly Passes Continuing Resolution for State Budget; Close-Contact Businesses Can Resume Monday, May 18

May 22: Restrictions Lift on Tourist Attractions on May 22, but Extended State of Emergency Remains until May 27

May 29: Gov. McMaster Will Now Review accelerateSC Committee’s Final Recommendations

June 5: House COVID-19 Liability Protection Committee Weighs Burdens of Potential Lawsuits for Struggling Businesses

June 12: Gov. McMaster Recommends Disbursal of $1.9B Coronavirus Relief Fund in Two Phases

June 19: Senate Finance Committee’s Plan for CARES Act Funds Includes $500M for Unemployment Trust Fund

June 26: $1.2B in Federal CARES Act Funding is Authorized

July 10: accelerateED Task Force Offers its Guidance for 2020-21 School Year

July 31: Board of Economic Advisors Anticipates SC’s 2019-20 Surplus as $220M

Aug. 7: Legislative Committees Discuss Regulatory Relief, Broadband Access and Testing Efforts

Aug. 14: Joint Bond Review Committee Approves Highway Projects, Seeks More Funds for Rural Broadband

Aug. 21: Gov. McMaster Urges Cabinet Agencies to Maintain Funding Levels from Continuing Resolution For Now

Aug. 28: Comptroller’s Office Announces $350M Surplus for FY 2019-20

Sept. 4: Latest BEA Projection is $775M in One-Time Surplus Revenue

Sept. 11: Senate Finance Committee Passes Version of FY20-21 Budget, OKs $420M from CARES Act for Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

Sept. 18: Conference Committee Named to Resolve Remaining CARES Act Funding for Local Governments, Colleges, Nonprofits

Sept. 25: General Assembly Adopts Tax Conformity Legislation, Awaits Governor’s Signature

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