The Senate hearing today on SB 339 practice act went very well, much like the previous hearing in the House. The Subcommittee’s decision was that the bill was going to be “held in Subcommittee,” which usually means it will not receive a favorable vote to move on to the full committee.
This was the outcome we were looking for, and I don’t believe this bill will get any further consideration this year. Because this is year one of the two-year session, the bill could technically be revived next year, in spite of IDPC client’s opposition (DSA, DDI, FEDA, FCSI, NAFAM, MAFSI) and that of the NKBA, AIA, NFIB, Lowes, and Retailers Assoc. However, as I’ve stated so many times, you just never know what can happen in the legislature, so rest assured, I will stay on top of this and any other practice acts that would restrict freedom to design.
As I’ve said time and time again, the Cartel never misses an opportunity to shoot themselves in the foot. I never cease to be amazed at how incredibly dense they are in sticking to bogus talking points that have previously been thoroughly debunked. At the House hearing just two weeks ago, I systematically discredited several of their misleading, rhetorical statements with actual, verifiable facts and empirical evidence. And yet, the first person testifying on behalf of the proponents today spewed forth the exact same false statements, even though she’d seen me in the room and should have known I was going to provide rebuttal testimony again. Which of course I did, with the Subcommittee’s full, undivided attention (and subtle approval). When I heard the exact same misinformation come forth in that very first testimony, I could not help but sit in my seat with a grin from ear to ear – it was like a gift from Heaven!
As in the last hearing, when questioned by the subcommittee, the Cartel stuttered and stumbled trying to justify their positions and opinions.
I did have an opportunity to speak with the stand-in Chair of the Subcommittee for a while after the hearing. I was able to give him even more facts and data to support our free market position. We chatted about the role of the state legislature, which is NOT to tell consumers who they can hire to design the interiors of their businesses or homes, and he requested that I send him a one-pager that he can post on his website.
I will continue to keep tabs on South Carolina, but for now I believe we can put this puppy to bed, and I can move on to the protecting the next states on my plate.