AT THE STATE HOUSE
Transportation Committee Report
On February 18th, the Transportation Committee heard from the SCDOT that the true cost of meeting the transportation needs of this state exceeds $1.47 billion per year. The Governor’s proposal for an increase in the gasoline tax followed by a tax cut for the wealthy will yield less than $400 million per year. Senator Kimpson believes the Governor’s plan is a plan to fail. The critical issue that needs to be determined over the course of the next few months is as his colleague Sen. Ray Cleary (R-Georgetown) stated, whether we are “going to actually fund the current and future needs of our state or are we going to place a band-aid on the issue…”. Senator Kimpson has been appointed to the Senate Transportation Committee and is interested in your thoughts.
SEN. KIMPSON FIGHTING FOR DISTRICT 42
FIGHTING FOR SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Senator Kimpson would like to assure the citizens interested in the survival of South Carolina State University, that he will vigorously fight any bill or proviso to take away funding from the university and/or suspend operations. In fact, he believes that we need to do the opposite —and that is, adequately fund the university so that it can compete with other state schools for the best and brightest students.
On March 4th, the Senate gave third reading to S. 475 that will replace the existing board with 5 new members appointed by several key leaders in the House and Senate. Senator Kimpson has met with Senate leaders and believes this legislation will be a starting point for meaningful funding discussions for the University.
If you would like to support South Carolina State University financially, attached is a link below to donate:
Good news for South Carolina State University students! The Charleston County Aviation Board recently approved a 10 week/400 hour internship program for SCSU juniors, seniors, graduate students and recent graduates to gain exposure in the aviation industry. If you know of someone who is interested, please have them visit www.chs-airport.com. There is a section for Careers/Current Openings/Airport Management Internship. Many people worked extremely hard to create this opportunity. Please share this link so that the students will know about the chance to gain exposure in this very prominent field in the Charleston Tri-County region. Fired-up!
LIVE FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA SENATE FLOOR
Criminal Domestic Violence Bill – S.3
The Senate passed a criminal domestic violence bill on February 25th. Senator Kimpson was not in favor of an amendment that will weaken the gun penalties for the 3rd degree offense and spoke on the floor against the same. “Quite frankly, I don’t think if somebody has been convicted of criminal domestic violence they ought to have a gun under any scenario,” Senator Kimpson said, “because that person has demonstrated that he or she has a propensity for violence.” In the end the amendment passed, but Senator Kimpson is satisfied after great debate. The Senate will send a bill to the House to address this black eye on our state. Click on the link below to watch Senator Kimpson stand-up for the victims of criminal domestic violence:
WELCOME TO THE PEOPLE’S HOUSE
Senator Kimpson was honored to participate in the Senate panel discussion February 4th, sponsored by the SC Municipal Association where he was greeted by a packed audience of city elected officials from across the state.
On February 18th, Senator Kimpson and many others hosted nearly 1,000 students from the Charleston County School District for a free showing of the civil rights film Selma.
On February 12th, Senator Kimpson welcomed members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to Delta Day at
The State House.
Senator Kimpson addressed SCSU alumni gathered on February 17th and reaffirmed his support for the University and commitment to use his best efforts to stop any legislation to suspend operations of the University.
Senator Kimpson attended a reception in honor of Black History Month at the residence of Vice President Biden on February 23rd in Washington, DC.
DISTRICT 42 SPOTLIGHT
ACBA awards full scholarship to City of Charleston public housing resident Kimberly Crystal Kornickey. Ms. Kornickey will become the first student to attend the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) on a full scholarship set aside for a Charleston City Housing Authority public housing resident. The scholarship was first established one year ago. Charleston-based ACBA is the nation’s only college to offer the Bachelors of Applied Sciences degree in the Building Arts. For more information about the scholarship and Kimberly, please visit www.BuildingArtsCollege.us.