Below is a short list of legislative successes that represent a variety of retail issues.
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Emergency Re-entry Passes
In 2016, the South Carolina Retail Association initiated a bill that directs the S.C. Emergency Management Division to develop a certification system to allow companies doing business in South Carolina to enter restricted areas before and after an emergency. The law allows local law enforcement to maintain final authority.
In 2015, the South Carolina Retail Association organized a broad coalition to file a bill to allow for more vaccinations in a pharmacy. The bill passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law. South Carolinians can now receive a number of vaccinations at their local pharmacy without having to make an appointment with their doctor.
Organized Retail Crime
In 2013, the South Carolina Retail Association authored and supported passage of a law to crack down on Organized Retail Crime. The law makes it a felony to:
- tamper with a product to fraudulently obtain goods at less than actual sales price;
- steal more than $2,000 worth of merchandise aggregated over a 90-day period;
- to attempt a refund using a fraudulent or altered driver’s license or ID;
- and to receive property purported to be stolen from a law enforcement agent regardless if the property was actually stolen.
Also in 2013, the South Carolina Retail Association filed a bill to allow employers to grant preference to veterans or their spouses in the hiring process without violating equal employment law.
Expanded SNAP Distribution
Prior to 2012, South Carolina retail and wholesale grocers struggled to balance employee schedules and product inventory each month as SNAP benefits were distributed to the state’s 400,000+ households over the first ten days of the month. In April 2011, the South Carolina Retail Association began a dialogue with the state which led to the expansion of the SNAP distribution schedule from 10 days to 19 days. This was a win-win for the retail community and for SNAP recipients.
In 2011, the South Carolina Retail Association authored and supported passage of a law which reinstated the ability of a business to obtain an arrest warrant on bad check and shoplifting charges, if the defendant named in a courtesy summons fails to appear in court.