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H 3780 - Creates the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology Program

Tracking Level: Of Interest
Sponsor: Brian White (R)
Last Action: 10/7/2020 - Act No. 175
House Committee: LCI
Senate Committee: Judy
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

03.26.2019 The House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended. The amendment removes sections unrelated to broadband and houses the program in the Rural Infrastructure Authority.
03.20.2019 The House Labor, Commerce and Industry Public Utilities subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report as amended. As soon as the amendment is available, it will be posted.
03.06.2019 The House Labor, Commerce and Industry Public Utilities subcommittee adjourned debate on this bill.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Facilitates the deployment of broadband to unserved areas of the state and allows a municipality or municipal-owned utility to sell or lease any public enterprise that it owns.

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H*3780 (Rat #0176, Act #0175 of 2020) General Bill, By White, Hixon, Taylor, Cobb-Hunter, Funderburk, Anderson, Hewitt, R. Williams, Davis, Brown, Weeks, Rivers, S. Williams and Gilliard
Similar (S 1076, S 1080)
Summary: Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program
    AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 25 TO CHAPTER 9, TITLE 58 SO AS TO CREATE THE "BROADBAND ACCESSIBILITY ACT", TO, AMONG OTHER THINGS, SET FORTH THE BROADBAND AUTHORITY OF ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES AND TO SET FORTH THE MANNER IN WHICH BROADBAND NETWORKS ARE CONSTRUCTED; TO AMEND SECTION 33-49-20, RELATING TO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES, SO AS TO DEFINE TERMS; TO AMEND SECTION 33-49-150, RELATING TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF, SO AS TO SET FORTH THE OFFICE'S BROADBAND AUTHORITY; TO AMEND SECTION 33-49-250, RELATING TO THE POWERS OF ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES, SO AS TO PROVIDE CERTAIN BROADBAND AUTHORITY; BY ADDING SECTION 58-31-230 SO AS TO SET FORTH THE BROADBAND AUTHORITY OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY; AND TO SPECIFY THAT THIS ACT DOES NOT CONVEY OR CONFER ANY IMPLIED OR EXPRESS GRANT OF AUTHORITY TO AN INVESTOR-OWNED ELECTRIC UTILITY TO PROVIDE BROADBAND FACILITIES OR BROADBAND SERVICES. - ratified title
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01/29/19House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 15)
01/29/19House Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry (House Journal-page 15)
02/05/19House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Hixon
02/06/19House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Taylor
03/06/19House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Cobb-Hunter
03/11/19House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Funderburk
03/12/19House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Anderson, Hewitt
03/20/19House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: R.Williams, Davis
03/26/19House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Labor, Commerce and Industry (House Journal-page 39)
03/27/19House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Brown, Weeks
03/27/19 Scrivener's error corrected
04/02/19House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Rivers, S.Williams
04/02/19House Debate adjourned until Wed., 4-3-19 (House Journal-page 21)
04/03/19House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Gilliard
04/03/19House Amended (House Journal-page 35)
04/03/19House Read second time (House Journal-page 35)
04/03/19House Roll call Yeas-112 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 45)
04/04/19House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 23)
04/04/19Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 2)
04/04/19Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 2)
04/04/19 Scrivener's error corrected
09/23/20Senate Recalled from Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 4)
09/23/20Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 4)
09/23/20Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 4)
09/23/20Senate Roll call Ayes-39 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 4)
09/23/20Senate Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day (Senate Journal-page 4)
09/24/20Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments (Senate Journal-page 3)
09/24/20House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled
09/24/20House Roll call Yeas-111 Nays-0
09/25/20 Ratified R 176
09/29/20 Signed By Governor
10/07/20 Effective date 09/29/20
10/07/20 Act No. 175



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