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Midlands Mayors Announce Support for Katrina Shealy Campaign

 

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2016

 

LEXINGTON, SC – In a strong, unified show of support for their own State Senator – five Midlands Mayors announced their endorsements today of Katrina Shealy in her re-election campaign.

 

Batesburg-Leesville Mayor Rita Crapps, Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall, Pelion Mayor Barbara Smith Carey, South Congaree Mayor Danny Jones, and Springdale Mayor Michael Bishop all endorsed Shealy.

 

“Katrina Shealy is a champion for our area and our people in the State Senate,” said Batesburg-Leesville Mayor Rita Crapps. “Katrina is our hometown hero and always works with our local elected officials and community leaders to ensure our voices are heard in the Legislature. I am honored to endorse her re-election campaign.”

 

Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall stressed teamwork in his endorsement.

 

“I am proud to support Senator Katrina Shealy’s re-election campaign,” said MacDougall. “Senator Shealy is a true teammate for the issues our community faces; and we need to keep her the State Senate, so she can continue to get results for us.”

 

Shealy proudly welcomed the endorsements.

 

“I am extremely honored to have the continued support of these great leaders,” said Shealy. “Mayors Bishop, Carey, Crapps, Jones and MacDougall have been great partners over the past few years, and I will continue to work hard with them to do all we can to make our region a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

 

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Senator Katrina Shealy Appointed to Leadership Position for National Organization 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2015

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Senator Katrina Shealy (R – Lexington) has been selected to serve in leadership for the nation’s oldest non-partisan organization addressing the needs of elected women at all levels of government.

 

Senator Shealy was recently appointed to serve as a 2016 Regional State Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).

 

“I am honored and excited to be appointed to this position within NFWL’s leadership and to help my colleagues in the Southern Region learn about this great organization. This opportunity aligns perfectly with the mission of encouraging more women to step in to elected leadership roles.” said Shealy.

 

Elected women from across the country will gather in Orlando, Florida from November 16-20, for NFWL’s 2016 Annual Conference to identify effective solutions to some of the nation’s most timely and pressing issues. Providing a non-partisan environment that encourages dialogue and the sharing of information and experiences, women leaders are able to build coalitions, share the concerns of their constituents, and identify out-of-the-box solutions to the most pressing issues facing their communities today.

 

“We are so proud Senator Shealy has accepted a leadership position in our Foundation,” stated the Chair of the NFWL. “She will play a key role in aiding women legislators in the Southern Region, as we grow as an organization.”

 

Shealy begins serving in her new position immediately, and will hold this office through the 2016 year.

 

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Senator Katrina Shealy Receives the 2015 Elected Women of Excellence Award

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

 

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) is proud to announce South Carolina State Senator Katrina Shealy (R – Lexington) as a 2015 Elected Women of Excellence Award Winner.

 

This award was created to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office and fight for the issues they are passionate about.

 

The award was presented to the 2015 Women of Excellence Winners at the Celebration of Excellent Women ceremony at the Petroleum Club on Monday, September 14th, during the 2015 Annual Conference.

 

The winners were nominated by their colleagues and constituents from their home states and then chosen by a distinguished panel of NFWL members.

 

“We celebrate the resilient leadership qualities, focused work ethic, and determination these women have and look forward to sharing their future successes,” said the Chair of the NFWL at the presentation.

 

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Katrina Shealy Announces Plans to Run for Re-Election

Only Female Member of State Senate to Seek Second Term

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

 

COLUMBIA, SC — State Senator Katrina Shealy (R – Lexington), the only female member of the South Carolina State Senate, announced this morning that she will seek re-election in 2016.  Shealy’s statement, posted on her social media sites and website, reads as follows:

 

“It has been a true honor serving in the State Senate.  From saving taxpayers’ hard-earned money to protecting our state’s most vulnerable and assisting our veterans and elderly — I have worked hard to make our state a better place to live, work and raise our families.

 

 I am proud to have helped usher in real reforms that made our state more business-friendly, our government more accountable and our elections more secure.  I am proud to have worked hard in passing balanced budgets that cut wasteful spending, devoted more to our classrooms, and increased job-recruitment efforts.  And, I am proud to have assisted my colleagues in toughening the penalties of criminals who commit domestic violence against our neighbors.

 

While I am proud of these accomplishments, I know that more work is needed to make our state and people truly prosper.  That is why I am announcing today that I will seek re-election to the State Senate in 2016.

 

With the continued support of my constituents, I will continue my efforts to eliminate the state income tax, improve our state’s educational system, and fight child abuse and neglect.”

 

Shealy was elected in 2012 to represent District 23 in the State Senate.  An insurance executive, Shealy is married to small businessman Jimmy Shealy.  Together, they live in the Red Bank area of Lexington.

 

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Senator Katrina Shealy to Pre-File Bill to Abolish State’s Department of Social Services

Shealy’s bill will replace DSS with a new Department of Family Protective Services

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014

 

COLUMBIA, SC – After more than a year of research and investigation into the current structure, failures and successes of the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) – Senator Katrina Shealy (R – Lexington) will pre-file legislation on Wednesday to abolish the agency by July 1, 2016 and establish a new Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) to manage all direct child and family protective services. Under Shealy’s bill, the South Carolina Child Welfare Reform Act of 2015 – the additional services DSS assists with including welfare and Medicaid will be handled exclusively by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

 

“There is no denying the fact that our current system is failing some of South Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens, citizens who need our help the most,” Shealy said. “That is not acceptable to me. That is why I have spent as much time as I have to draft legislation that will actually create solutions to problems, not just create talking points for politicians and talking heads.”

 

Shealy’s legislation would establish education and experience requirements for child welfare caseworkers, maximum caseload standards for caseworkers and minimum response times for caseworkers on suspected abuse and neglect for the new DFPS.

 

The bill would also utilize current resources to replace the individual counties’ child abuse reporting systems with a statewide child abuse hotline, so not only would reporting child abuse and neglect be easier, but it also would be easier for DFPS to maintain state standards and protect all in children in state custody.

 

“As a conservative – I am committed to streamlining government, improving service to our residents and making government more efficient and effective,” Shealy continued. “This bill will accomplish all of these.”

 

 

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Official summary of the bill is as follows:

 

A BILL

 

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ENACTING THE “SOUTH CAROLINA CHILD WELFARE REFORM ACT OF 2015” SO AS TO TRANSFER, REALIGN OR RESTRUCTURE CERTAIN PROGRAMS, REQUIREMENTS, AND PROCEDURES RELATING TO CHILD AND FAMILY PROTECTIVE SERVICES AND WELFARE, INCLUDING PROVISION TO ABOLISH THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES ON JULY 1, 2016; TO AMEND SECTION 1-30-10, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE AGENCIES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF STATE GOVERNMENT, SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY PROTECTIVE SERVICES AND ELIMINATE THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES; TO ESTABLISH CHAPTER 2 OF TITLE 63 OF THE 1976 CODE, CREATING THE SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY PROTECTIVE SERVICES, TO TRANSFER CERTAIN PROGRAMS AND DIVISIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY PROTECTIVE SERVICES, AND TO CREATE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILD WELFARE CASEWORKERS; TO AMEND SECTION 43-5-10, AS AMENDED, TO TRANSFER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES THE AUTHORITY TO ADMINISTER PUBLIC WELFARE IN SOUTH CAROLINA; TO AMEND SECTION 44-6-30, AS AMENDED, TO AUTHORIZE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO ADMINISTER PUBLIC WELFARE IN SOUTH CAROLINA; TO AMEND ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 7, TITLE 63 OF THE 1976 CODE BY ADDING MAXIMUM CASELOAD STANDARDS FOR CASEWORKERS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY PROTECTIVE SERVICES; TO AMEND SECTION 63-7-900 BY ESTABLISHING A STATEWIDE, TOLL-FREE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE; TO AMEND SECTION 63-7-910 REQUIRING REPORTS OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT TO BE MADE THROUGH THE STATEWIDE, TOLL-FREE HOTLINE, DETAILING THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY PROTECTIVE SERVICE’S RESPONSIBILITIES UPON RECEIPT OF A REPORT OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT, AND REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT TO COLLECT AND REPORT CERTAIN DATA RELATING TO THE STATEWIDE, TOLL-FREE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE; TO AMEND SECTION 63-7-920 TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT AN IN-PERSON MEETING WITH A CHILD WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS OF A REPORT SUSPECTED ABUSE OR NEGLECT OR SOONER IF THE CHILD IS FOUR YEARS OLD OR YOUNGER AND PRESENTS TO A HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT AND ALLOWING THE DEPARTMENT TO COLLABORATE WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY MEDICAL RESPONSE SYSTEM; TO AMEND SECTION 63-7-310 BY INCLUDING REFERENCE TO THE STATEWIDE, TOLL-FREE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE AND INCLUDING RESPONSIBILITIES OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES UPON RECEIPT OF A REPORT OF SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT; TO AMEND SECTION 63-7-370 TO REQUIRE LAW ENFORCEMENT TO NOTIFY THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY PROTECTIVE SERVICES IN CASES OF SUSPECTED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WHERE THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE SUSPECTED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WELFARE OF A CHILD; TO AMEND SECTION 63-7-450(C) TO ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OT PUBLICIZE THE STATEWIDE, TOLL-FREE CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE; TO REPEAL CHAPTER 1 OF TITLE 43 RELATING TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND BOARD OF SOCIAL SERVICES, CHAPTER 3 OF TITLE 43 RELATING TO THE COUNTY DEPARTMENTS AND BOARDS OF SOCIAL SERVICES, SECTION 43-5-220 RELATING TO OBTAINING SUPPORT PAYMENTS FROM ABSENT PARENTS, SECTION 43-5-222 RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS PAID TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS, SECTION 43-5-225 RELATING TO THE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF RECORDS OF PARENTS WHO HAVE DESERTED OR ABANDONED A CHILD WHO RECEIVES AID TO FAMILIES WITH DEPENDENT CHILDREN, SECTION 43-5-230 RELATING TO THE PUBLIC WELFARE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM FUND, SECTION 43-5-235 RELATING TO REIMBURSEMENT OF LOCAL ENTITIES FOR COSTS OF CHILD SUPPORT COLLECTION AND PATERNITY DETERMINATION PROGRAMS, SECTION 43-5-240 RELATING TO THE EXECUTION OF COOPERATIVE SUPPORT PROGRAM AGREEMENTS BETWEEN COUNTIES DESIRING TO OBTAIN APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC WELFARE SUPPORT REIMBURSEMENT FUND AND THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, SECTION 43-5-245 RELATING TO COUNTIES AND JUDICIAL DISTRICTS SUBMITTING PLANS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES RELATING TO STAFFING AND EQUIPMENT NEEDS FOR THEIR CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAMS, SECTION 43-5-580 RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS OF ABSENT PARENTS, SECTION 43-5-590 RELATING TO THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPROVED CHILD SUPPORT PLANS, SECTION 43-5-598 RELATING TO DEFINITIONS AND THE NEW HIRE DIRECTORY FOR THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMPLOYABLES PROGRAM ACT, SECTION 43-5-600 RELATING TO THE APPLICABILITY OF THE LEGAL PROCESS, BROUGHT TO ENFORCE CHILD OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS TO PAYMENTS MADE BY SOUTH CAROLINA, SECTION 43-5-610 RELATING TO THE MAINTENANCE OF A CENTRAL REGISTRY OF RECORDS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES FOR EACH CASE WHERE SERVICES WERE PROVIDED PURSUANT TO TITLE IV-D OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT, SECTION 43-5-620 RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A UNIFORM SYSTEM OF INFORMATION CLEARANCE AND RETRIEVAL RELATING WHERE THE CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT OFFICE SHALL HAVE ACCESS TO INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND WORKFORCE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES FOR ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES, SECTION 43-5-630 RELATING TO THE PRORATION OF INTERMITTENT INCOME BY APPLICANTS FOR ASSISTANCE AND SECTION 63-7-320 RELATING TO REPORTS OF CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT MADE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES; AND TO PROVIDE FOR OTHER TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS, FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ACT, AND FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH IT SHALL BE IMPLEMENTED.

Shealy Calls on Republican Leadership to Advance Her Tax Reform Legislation

80% of GOP primary voters supported her bill to eliminate state income tax

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

 

COLUMBIA, SC – After 80% of Republican primary voters across the state voted in favor of a referendum to eliminate the state income tax, the author of the legislation that was voted on issued a demand to her Republican leadership in the State Senate.

 

“It is clear that Republicans across the state want my bill,” Senator Katrina Shealy (R – Lexington) said. “It is time to stop the political games and advance my legislation to a subcommittee, so the people of South Carolina can get what they want – real tax reform.”

 

Since Shealy introduced the bill in January, it has not been assigned to a subcommittee and, thus, not been able to advance to a vote of the entire State Senate.

 

“As yesterday’s results showed – as Republicans, our constituents expect us to advance conservative, common-sense ways to reduce the size and scope of government and to return more of their hard-earned money to the taxpayers. Instead of wasting time fighting over how an “i” is dotted or a “t” is crossed on many bills, Republicans in the majority need to work together to eliminate the state income tax.”

 

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Sen. Shealy Pre-Files Bill to Eliminate State Income Tax

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013

 

COLUMBIA, SC – State Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington) pre-filed a bill this morning that would eliminate the state income tax.

Unlike other states that have replaced the state income tax with a higher sales tax, Shealy’s pre-filed bill would phase out the income tax over a five-year period without burdening South Carolina residents with an increase in other taxes.  The bill reduces the income tax rates 1.4 percent each year until the income tax is eliminated entirely for all tax brackets.

According to the Senate Majority Leader’s Research Director, this bill would allow South Carolinians to keep nearly $560 million in its first year.  And, at the suggestion of DOR, the bill adjusts the way to calculate the amount of income tax owed to make it easier for the taxpayers and more accurate for the state to check.

After pre-filing the bill, Shealy said:

“When I was elected, I made a commitment to the people of South Carolina that I would work to eliminate the state income tax, make government smaller and more efficient, and help all South Carolinians keep more of their hard-earned money.  This bill has the potential to accomplish all of these things.

“This bill can help ease the burdens South Carolina families may be facing in these tough times.  This bill could allow small business owners in South Carolina to keep more of their hard-earned income and, in turn, give them a greater opportunity to reinvest in their businesses and hire more employees.   And, this bill can make South Carolina a more desired place to relocate and start businesses.  Doing this will grow our state’s economy and bring more revenue to our state.

“States with no income tax are booming economically and are tops in the nation with the right statistics.  We cannot wait any longer to improve South Carolina and be at the top of the national rankings.  We must take bold steps to help our residents and lead the nation; this bill is one of those bold steps.”

 

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Full text of the bill is as follows:

 

A BILL

 

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 12‑6‑517 SO AS TO REPLACE THE INCOME TAX IMPOSED ON THE TAXABLE INCOME OF INDIVIDUALS, ESTATES, TRUSTS, AND CERTAIN OTHER ENTITIES IN TAX YEARS BEGINNING AFTER 2013 BY REDUCING THE RATE OF TAXATION BY 1.4 PERCENT EACH YEAR UNTIL THE TAX RATE FOR ALL BRACKETS IS ZERO PERCENT.

 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

 

SECTION  1. Article 5, Chapter 6, Title 12 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

 

“Section 12‑6‑517.   (A)  Notwithstanding Section 12‑6‑510, for taxable years beginning after 2013, a tax is imposed on the South Carolina taxable income of individuals, estates, and trusts and any other entity except those taxed or exempted from taxation under Sections 12‑6‑530 through 12‑6‑550 computed at the following rates with the income brackets indexed in accordance with Section 12‑6‑520:

 

Over                But Not Over              Tax Plus         Rate                 Of Excess Over

$0                    $2,880                         $0                    0%                   $0

$2,880             $5,760                         $0                    1.6%                $2,880

$5,760             $8,640                         $46                  2.6%                $5,760

$8,640             $11,520                       $121                3.6%                $8,640

$11,520           $14,400                       $225                4.6%                $11,520

$14,400                                               $357                5.6%                $14,400

 

(B)  For tax years beginning after 2014, the rate of tax imposed pursuant to this section on all of the brackets of South Carolina taxable income is reduced by 1.4 percent each year until the rate of tax in all of the brackets has been reduced to zero percent.

(C)  The department may prescribe tax tables consistent with the rates set pursuant to subsection (A).  The department shall cumulatively adjust these brackets in the same manner as provided in Section 12‑6‑520.”

 

SECTION  2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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Senator Katrina Shealy Named Taxpayer Hero
Shealy Awarded for Economic Growth Voting Record

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

 

COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Club for Growth Foundation announced today that Senator Katrina Shealy (Republican, Lexington) has been named a Taxpayer Hero for her pro-economic growth legislative record from the 2013 session.

 

Based on 17 major business-related bills from School Choice to Government Restructuring, the SC Club for Growth graded State Senators and State Representatives then issued the awards. Shealy was 1 of only 7 senators from the state to earn the Taxpayer Hero distinction.

 

“In order to put our neighbors back to work, we must unleash capitalism and help create an environment where businesses can thrive,” said Shealy. “My pro-growth record highlights my fight for our constituents and for new jobs.”

 

“As humbling as this recognition may be, I understand that my work to improve our state’s economy is not over,” added Shealy. “I will continue to sponsor and vote for legislation that puts our neighbors back to work and brings economic prosperity to South Carolina.”

 

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Senator Katrina Shealy Announces Free CWP Classes for Educators

Gun Instruction Offered to Teachers & School Administrators

 

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013

 

COLUMBIA, SC – State Senator Katrina Shealy (R, District 23) today announced free Concealed Weapon Permit classes for South Carolina teachers and school administrators. The required classroom instruction and written test will take place in February at Shealy & Sons Electric – 517 Spring Street in West Columbia. The shooting proficiency test will be scheduled subsequently at Mid Carolina Rifle Club.

 

“In light of the tremendous tragedy at Sandy Hook, it is imperative we do all we can to keep our children safe and our schools secure,” said Shealy. “These CWP classes will go a long way in ensuring good, law-abiding educators are competent, safe, and well-instructed in the legal carrying and use of firearms.”

 

Shealy, who supports legislation to allow concealed weapons in schools, said SLED-certified instructors have volunteered to waive instruction fees (usually $85-$100), and Mid Carolina Rifle Club has agreed to waive range fees for the shooting proficiency test. The only cost for the educators would be course materials and SLED’s $50 application fee, which could be waived for retired law enforcement and disabled military personnel.

 

“I thank the volunteer instructors and Mid Carolina Rifle Club for their generosity and their desire to assist our teachers,” continued Shealy. “I hope our educators take advantage of this great program, and I remain committed to preserving, protecting, and defending our right to keep and bear arms and especially to protecting our most precious asset – our children.”

 

The first classroom sessions are scheduled for 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM on Tuesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 14. Enrolment is limited, but additional courses will be scheduled if there is demand. For more information, one may contact Patrick Nolan at 803-318-1400 or pnolan747@gmail.com.

 

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