Update –November 19 to November 23, 2010

The House of Representatives has adjourned for the 2010 session. I hope that you find this update helpful and informative:

Happy Thanksgiving!: Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! We have so much for which to be thankful. I hope that you and your family enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Thanksgiving Events in Greater Aiken: Annual Thanksgiving events in Greater Aiken include the following:

Thursday, November 25
One Table
Time: 11am – 2pm
Place: The Alley
This Thanksgiving Dinner is open to the entire community. For more information, please visit www.onetable.org.

Thursday, November 25
Blessing of the Hounds
Time: 11am
This annual event opens the hunt season in Hitchcock Woods. Park by the Aiken County Historical Museum and enter the woods from South Boundary for a 20 minute walk to Memorial Gate. Children are welcome, but please, no pets. Call 803.643.DRAG for more information.

S.C. House of Representatives Met Last Week: The S.C. House met last Wednesday and Thursday morning for the organizational session which takes place every two years some time during the month following the November elections. I was appointed to the Judiciary Committee and the Election Laws Subcommittee of Judiciary. Other members of the Aiken County House of Representatives Legislative Delegation and their Committee appointments are as follows: Rep. Roland Smith – Ways and Means; Rep. Bill Clyburn – Ways and Means; Rep. Kit Spires – Medical, Military, and Municipal Affairs; Rep. Bill Hixon – Agriculture; Rep. Bill Taylor – Education and Public Works.

Workforce Reductions at Savannah River Site: SRNS, the largest employer at SRS, recently announced a reduction of up to 1,400 jobs at SRS. The reduction is to be accomplished through a combination of early retirement and voluntary and involuntary layoffs. The legislative delegation, county leaders, city leaders, and others are working hard on ways to help our area survive reductions like this at SRS. To learn more about the SRNS announcement, click here. To learn more about transition services available to those who may be affected, click here.

State Chamber of Commerce Competitiveness Agenda Released: The S.C. Chamber of Commerce released its annual “Competitiveness Agenda” last week for the upcoming 2011 legislative session. The agenda can be seen by clicking here.

Planning for the 2011 Legislative Session: The 2011 legislative session will convene on the second Tuesday in January. I am seeking input from constituents on the critical issues facing our state and area including tax reform; spending reform; K-12 education; the costs of higher education; health care; immigration; economic development; job growth; and the unfunded liabilities in our state’s retirement system. Your input is welcome on any issue important to you. Please email me back or contact me by phone or in person at your convenience.

Speaking In Schools: Last month, I was invited to speak to the 3rd grade students at East Aiken Elementary School. While there, I provided each of them a copy of the South Carolina symbols and emblems booklet. If you would like for me to speak with students in a local school, please let me know.

Email Updates: Many people in District 81 are receiving this email update. However, there are many others who do not receive them because I do not know their email addresses. If you know of people who do not receive my updates but they would like to, please email their names and email addresses to me.

Road Issues: If you see a road problem, you can call the SCDOT at 641-7665 or Aiken County at 642-1532 to report the problem. If you do not get a prompt response, please let me know at TomYoung@schouse.gov or call me. In general terms, most paved roads in the County are maintained by SCDOT and are identified on the road- sign poles by a small black and white sign listing the road number, such as S-2-1669. On the other hand, nearly all unpaved roads in the County are maintained by the County.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent you. Please let me know if I can help you in any way or if you have questions about these or other issues. Your feedback is meaningful and appreciated.

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