Our success rate in dealing with budgetary issues for our clients has been excellent, as well as with each respective budget committee. Our goals in the state budget have been met on behalf of our clients of all sizes, ranging from nonprofits to large pharmaceuticals because of our long-term relationships with the committee chairmen, subcommittee chairmen and staff analysts. We have worked hard to achieve and maintain these alliances with the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees. These are two of our most valuable resources for our budget client-assets that many others have not achieved. Our budget work is very intensive; however, it has proven to result in excellent outcomes.
We have successfully lobbied the General Assembly on behalf of K-12 and higher education institutions before the General Assembly. We were able to triple the budget dollars for all virtual and bricks and mortar charter schools in South Carolina. The strategies implemented allowed us to secure state dollars for our clients in these difficult economic times.
Telecommunications and Public Utilities
We have extensive experience representing our clients before the General Assembly, as well as the Public Service Commission. Representing one of the largest public utilities in the state, we deal with energy issues on a regular occurrence. Our relationships with the legislative committee members responsible for these issues are longstanding and have afforded us many positive outcomes.
Our relationships with the members of the General Assembly that deal with health care issues in South Carolina have allowed us the ability to pass legislation for clients such as the Hospital Association, Personal Care Providers and ophthalmologists. Our firm is also on the cutting edge of technology with medical marijuana. Our numerous connections in the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Health and Environmental Control have enabled us to garner many successes for our health care clients. Health care is a critical issue in South Carolina, and we are proud to be part of a team assisting all South Carolinians to access better care.
Our team has relationships with the Department of Agriculture, Farm Bureau, House and Senate Agriculture committee chairmen and other agriculturally-based associations. We have dealt with issues relating to industrial hemp, deer tags, coyote reimbursement, dam safety and many others. Agriculture is one of the most important industries in South Carolina and we take pride in helping to protect farmers and hunters of all types.
The procurement process can be very cumbersome. We have the ability to help our clients navigate this process due to our excellent relationships with the newly created Office of State Fiscal Accountability Authority as well as the existing office of the Budget and Control Board. Our many friends in the agency have been very generous in their time helping us understand how the new agency’s procurement process will be executed. Thus far, we have enjoyed many successes in the procurement process for our clients.
Our team takes great pride in representing nonprofits all across the state of South Carolina as well as across the country. Some of our nonprofit victories have come with clients such as the American Heart Association, Fathers and Families and the Boys and Girls Club. We have been very effective at procuring critical first-time recurring dollars for the Fathers and Families of South Carolina: Jobs not Jail program. We procured more than half of the overall budget for the program. In working for the American Heart Association, we were able to pass landmark CPR legislation which teaches every high school child in South Carolina this lifesaving skill before graduation. We have garnered financial and legislative support for great nonprofits because we believe in the mission and the services they provide.
Banking and Finance
We provide the most experienced governmental relations consulting on credit and finance issues at the State House. Our experience spans from the deregulation of usury limitations in 1982 to modern day proposals in all areas of lending operations including mortgage, commercial and subprime lending. We maintain continuing relations with legislators and staff related to banking and consumer groups that influence public policy in this area.
We have successfully represented clients concerning waste disposal and land use issues dating back to the historic Beach Front Management Act of 1986. Our relationships with the members of the House and Senate regulatory committees enabled us to defeat landfill moratorium legislation designed to destroy the waste industries business model in South Carolina. We also have extensive experience with South Carolina’s permitting process at the state and local level, showing that our depth goes beyond the General Assembly. Local elected officials are important in environmental issues, and we enjoy great alliances with our cities and counties.