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					                                   South Carolina General Assembly
                                       119th Session, 2011-2012

H. 4336

STATUS INFORMATION

Concurrent Resolution
Sponsors: Rep. Anderson
Document Path: l:\council\bills\dka\3641sd11.docx
Companion/Similar bill(s): 3944

Introduced in the House on June 2, 2011
Introduced in the Senate on January 12, 2012
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Transportation

Summary: Congressional delegation


HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

    Date   Body Action Description with journal page number
  6/2/2011 House Introduced (House Journal-page 6)
  6/2/2011 House Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions (House
                     Journal-page 6)
  6/2/2011 House Committee report: Favorable Invitations and Memorial Resolutions (House
                     Journal-page 60)
  6/3/2011        Scrivener's error corrected (Senate Journal-page 33)
 1/11/2012 House Adopted, sent to Senate (House Journal-page 33)
 1/12/2012 Senate Introduced (Senate Journal-page 7)
 1/12/2012 Senate Referred to Committee on Transportation (Senate Journal-page 7)

View the latest legislative information at the LPITS web site


VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

6/2/2011
6/2/2011-A
6/3/2011
 1 COMMITTEE REPORT
 2 June 2, 2011
 3
 4                                                          H. 4336
 5
 6                      Introduced by Rep. Anderson
 7
 8   S. Printed 6/2/11--H.                        [SEC 6/3/11 3:02 PM]
 9   Read the first time June 2, 2011.
10
11
12                         THE COMMITTEE ON
13        INVITATIONS AND MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS
14      To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (H. 4336) to
15   request the members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation
16   to use their best efforts to have included in the 2012 federal budget
17   adequate funding for the U. S. Army Corps, etc., respectfully
18                                 REPORT:
19      That they have duly and carefully considered the same and
20   recommend that the same do pass:
21
22   LISTON D. BARFIELD for Committee.
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 9            A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
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11   TO REQUEST THE MEMBERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA’S
12   CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO USE THEIR BEST
13   EFFORTS TO HAVE INCLUDED IN THE 2012 FEDERAL
14   BUDGET ADEQUATE FUNDING FOR THE U.S. ARMY
15   CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO CONDUCT MAINTENANCE
16   DREDGING OF THE PORT OF GEORGETOWN; AND TO
17   ALSO REQUEST OUR STATE’S CONGRESSIONAL
18   DELEGATION TO HAVE INCLUDED IN THE 2012 FEDERAL
19   BUDGET FUNDING FOR THE U. S. ARMY CORPS OF
20   ENGINEERS TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY STUDY
21   REGARDING THE DEEPENING OF CHARLESTON HARBOR
22   TO AT LEAST FIFTY FEET SO THAT IT CAN
23   ACCOMMODATE LARGER CONTAINER SHIPS EXPECTED
24   TO CALL AT THE PORT WHEN THE EXPANSION OF THE
25   PANAMA CANAL OPENS IN 2014.
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27   Whereas, the Port of Georgetown is a recognized component of the
28   economic framework of this State; and
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30   Whereas, the Port of Georgetown is an integral part of the
31   economy of the Lowcountry of South Carolina and the entire State,
32   and needs to remain a viable port of opportunity for vessels able to
33   use the port; and
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35   Whereas, federal, state, and local officials believe that dedicating
36   adequate funding from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to
37   return the Port of Georgetown to twenty-seven feet mean low
38   water level would be beneficial to the economic growth of the
39   State; and
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41   Whereas, the deepening of Charleston Harbor is also absolutely
42   necessary for the State of South Carolina to be able to

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 1   accommodate the world’s largest container ships that will be
 2   moving through the Panama Canal in 2014; and
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 4   Whereas, if the Port of Charleston is not deepened to at least fifty
 5   feet, South Carolina will miss this new traffic and it will make the
 6   Port of Charleston noncompetitive over time; and
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 8   Whereas, a feasibility study by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
 9   is the first step in the process to move forward with the three
10   hundred million dollar dredging project that would allow
11   Charleston, already the Southeast’s deepest harbor, to fully
12   accommodate the world’s largest container ships; and
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14   Whereas, President Barack Obama’s $4.6 billion Civil Works
15   budget for 2012, released recently, unfortunately did not include
16   the four hundred thousand dollars necessary for the Charleston
17   Harbor deepening study, although the Port of Charleston
18   contributes far more than this each year to the federal treasury in
19   terms of duties and taxes; and
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21   Whereas, it is critical that federal money be used to pay for the
22   feasibility study. If South Carolina goes forward with the
23   deepening study and project without any federal commitment, the
24   State would be responsible for the entire cost and any future
25   maintenance, thereby putting South Carolina at a competitive
26   disadvantage against other states that are able to secure federal
27   money for port projects; and
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29   Whereas, federal, state, and local officials of all parties and at all
30   levels believe that an expanded and deepened Charleston Harbor is
31   essential to the continued economic growth of the Southeast region
32   of the United States and is a key element in a globally competitive
33   United States economy; and
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35   Whereas, for all of the above reasons, the members of the South
36   Carolina General Assembly request all members of our
37   congressional delegation to use their very best efforts to secure the
38   funding for these projects, so critical to job growth and a robust
39   economy in the states of the Southeastern region, can begin
40   without further delay. Now, therefore,
41
42   Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate
43   concurring:

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 2   That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly hereby
 3   request the members of South Carolina’s Congressional Delegation
 4   to use their best efforts to have included in the 2012 federal budget
 5   adequate funding for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to
 6   conduct maintenance dredging of the Port of Georgetown; and
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 8   Be it further resolved that the members of the South Carolina
 9   General Assembly also request our state’s congressional delegation
10   to have included in the 2012 federal budget funding for the U.S.
11   Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a feasibility study regarding
12   the deepening of Charleston Harbor to at least fifty feet so that it
13   can accommodate larger container ships expected to call at the port
14   when the expansion of the Panama Canal opens in 2014.
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16   Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to
17   the each member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation.
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