Senator Kimpson Rolls Out Legislative Agenda

Marlon Kimpson

Sen. Kimpson discusses legislative proposals with bus commuters in North Charleston.

For Immediate Release
December 17, 2013 

Charleston, SC – Newly elected State Senator Marlon Kimpson today filed three bills in the state Senate for the upcoming 2014 legislative session. Kimpson calls his proposals an Agenda for South Carolina’s working families.

  • Kimpson Pre-file Bill No. 1:
    S. 870: … To provide that a retailer is presumed to be liable for the sales tax or responsible for collecting and remitting the use tax if the retailer enters into an agreement with a resident of this state.
  • Kimpson Pre-file Bill No. 2:
    S.906: …To enact the Earned Paid Sick Leave Act, to provide that empoloyees shall accrue earned paid and earned unpaid sick leave…
  • Kimpson Pre-file Bill No. 3:
    S.907: …To allow a tax credit to any taxpayer that employs a formerly incarcerated individual as a full-time employee

The Charleston Democrat says his recent time on the trail during this fall’s special election, engaging constituents while riding the city bus and the town hall meeting he held in North Charleston last month has given him insight to the needs of his constituents.

“I have heard from the people in the district and they are concerned about their economic well-being and the well-being of their families and neighbors. Strong public schools and modern infrastructure are the foundations for economic growth. A commitment to our workforce is also critical,” said Kimpson. “I will be an advocate for South Carolinians who believe that progress is made when we all succeed.”

Kimpson first proposal is to implement a recommendation from the state’s Tax Realignment Commission (TRAC) dealing with online commerce and state sales tax collections. Kimpson’s plan is to establish a system for online retailers to collect South Carolina state sales tax and remit it to the state Department of Revenue. Kimpson says South Carolina is missing out on millions of dollars each year in needed revenue that is owed to the state for needed education and infrastructure investments.

“This is not a tax increase. This is a plan to better enforce current law in this modern age where e-commerce is becoming the primary method of shopping for some,” said Kimpson. “Education funding and infrastructure investments rely on a healthy state budget. This is a way to make sure we have the means to meet our needs as a state.”

The economic well-being of working-families needs to be a greater priority for policy makers says Kimpson. He has introduced a plan for hourly workers to accrue sick pay in their jobs. Kimpson’s plan would mandate for every 40 hours of work employees are paid, one hour of paid sick time is accrued.

“Wage workers should not have to fear a loss of income if they become sick. And employers should not have to risk sick workers spreading an illness to co-workers. This plan simply gives employers and employees a tool to retain good workers and to boost productivity by keeping the workplace as healthy as possible,” said Kimpson.

Kimpson also wants to offer greater economic opportunity for freed prisoners returning to society. He proposes a tax incentive plan for businesses who hire ex-convicts.

“These folks have paid their debt to society. They have done their time. Instead continuing to shut them out of the economy, let’s let them back in to be productive citizens who work to support themselves,” said Kimpson.

Kimpson plans to advocate for these proposals when the state Senate returns to Columbia in January. This will also be Senator Kimpson first legislative session representing senate district 42.

Senator Kimpson’s Bills: 

S. 870 (Word version) -- Senator Kimpson: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 12-36-71 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A RETAILER IS PRESUMED TO BE LIABLE FOR THE SALES TAX OR RESPONSIBLE FOR COLLECTING AND REMITTING THE USE TAX IF THE RETAILER ENTERS INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH A RESIDENT OF THIS STATE UNDER WHICH THE RESIDENT, FOR CONSIDERATION, REFERS POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS, WHETHER BY AN INTERNET LINK OR OTHERWISE, TO REQUIRE SUCH RETAILERS TO OBTAIN A RETAIL LICENSE AND REMIT SALES AND USE TAX ON ALL TAXABLE RETAIL SALES, AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS.

S. 906 (Word version) -- Senator Kimpson: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 41 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT, TO ENACT THE EARNED PAID SICK LEAVE ACT, TO PROVIDE THAT EMPLOYEES SHALL ACCRUE EARNED PAID AND EARNED UNPAID SICK LEAVE, TO PROVIDE FOR THE METHOD OF AND LIMITS OF ACCRUAL, TO PROVIDE FOR THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH AN EMPLOYEE MAY USE EARNED PAID OR EARNED UNPAID SICK LEAVE, TO PROVIDE FOR CERTIFICATION OF THE REASONS FOR WHICH EARNED PAID OR EARNED UNPAID SICK LEAVE IS USED; TO PROVIDE THAT AN EMPLOYER CANNOT HINDER AN EMPLOYEE'S USE OF EARNED PAID OR EARNED UNPAID SICK LEAVE; TO PROVIDE THAT EMPLOYERS MAY NOT PENALIZE A PERSON FOR PROPERLY USING EARNED PAID OR EARNED UNPAID SICK LEAVE; TO PROVIDE THAT EMPLOYERS WHO ALREADY HAVE POLICIES THAT EXCEED THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER DO NOT HAVE TO CHANGE THOSE POLICIES; TO PROVIDE THAT EMPLOYEES MUST PROVIDE REASONABLE NOTICE TO EMPLOYERS BEFORE USING EARNED PAID OR EARNED UNPAID SICK LEAVE IF POSSIBLE; TO PROVIDE FOR NOTICE OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER TO EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES; AND TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS.

S. 907 (Word version) -- Senator Kimpson: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 6, TITLE 12 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA INCOME TAX ACT, BY ADDING SECTION 12-6-3710 TO ALLOW A TAX CREDIT TO ANY TAXPAYER THAT EMPLOYS A FORMERLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUAL AS A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE, TO SPECIFY THE TAXES FOR WHICH THE CREDIT MAY BE APPLIED, TO ALLOW THE CREDIT FOR TWENTY-FOUR CONSECUTIVE MONTHS FOR EACH FORMERLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUAL; TO SPECIFY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS; AND TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS.

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Marlon E. Kimpson
Telephone: (843) 216-0199
Email: marlonkimpson@scsenate.gov
Mailing Address:
28 Bridgeside Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464