Update: Start of 2019 Session

Ladies and gentlemen,
The General Assembly has just finished its second week of session, and I am happy to report the groundwork is being laid for a successful legislative year for the people of Newberry County and of South Carolina. Let me take a moment to update you on what’s happening at the State House.

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2018 End-of-Session Update

Telephone Privacy Protection Act Becomes Law

Yesterday, our anti-call spoofing bill, formally known as the Telephone Privacy Protection Act, was signed into law during a ceremony at the Newberry Opera House. After a long battle, it is now illegal for a call solicitor to use a South Carolina area code unless they have a physical presence in the state. Consumers are now able to report spoofed calls to the Office of Consumer Affairs, and if prosecution is warranted, the Attorney General’s Office is empowered to pursue scammers to the fullest extent of South Carolina law.
To report spoofed calls, call Consumer Affairs at 1-800-922-1594. To view more pictures from yesterday’s signing, click here. Continue reading

Martin Files For Re-Election

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NEWBERRY — Within the first two hours of candidate filing for the 2018 election, state Rep. Rick Martin (R-Newberry) filed for a second term in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

“Since you placed your trust in me two years ago, it has been the greatest honor of my life to serve you in the South Carolina House of Representatives,” Martin said in a statement. “Today, I officially filed for re-election, because I am fully committed to the people of Newberry County, and I hope to continue to be your voice in Columbia. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.” Continue reading

Martin to hold Supporter Appreciation BBQ

NEWBERRY — State Representative Rick Martin (Dist. 40 – Newberry) has announced plans to hold a Supporter Appreciation Barbecue on Thurs. Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Newberry County Shrine Club.

U.S. Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05) and S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas (Dist. 65 – Darlington) will join Martin to honor supporters at the event.

The event will be completely free to attend. However, guests are asked to RSVP either via email at RickMartinforSC@gmail.com, or on the Eventbrite page at this link.

Samsung to Bring 950 Jobs to Newberry County

NEWBERRY—Electronics giant Samsung has announced an agreement that will bring approximately 950 jobs to the Newberry area. The arrangement was celebrated Wednesday at a ceremony at Memorial Park in Downtown Newberry.

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The $380 million investment will be put toward the creation of Samsung’s first manufacturing facility in the Palmetto State, and the facility is set to produce home appliances including, but not limited to, washing machines. The plant will occupy the site formerly owned by Caterpillar at 284 Mawsons Way in Newberry, and production is set to begin early next year.

Wednesday’s announcement was attended by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Sen. Ronnie Cromer (R-18), Rep. Rick Martin (R-40), Newberry Electric Cooperative CEO Keith Avery, top Samsung executives including Samsung Electronics America President and CEO Tim Baxter, and Executive Vice-President and Head of Digital Appliances Business Byungsam Suh, and members of the Newberry County Council.

“Many people at the state and county levels, as well as the good people at the Newberry Electric Cooperative, made this momentous occasion possible,” Martin said in a statement. “We are so thankful to everyone who contributed to this agreement, but most of all, we are thankful to Samsung for choosing our community. Our hard-working, highly-skilled citizens are also to thank, because they were a major factor in Samsung’s decision, and they are the people Samsung seeks to put to work.”

Property Tax Reform Passes House Unanimously

COLUMBIA–On Thursday, a property tax assessment reform bill introduced by Rep. Rick Martin (R-Newberry) passed the House of Representatives unanimously. The bill passed the Ways and Means Committee favorably on Wednesday before heading to the House floor. H. 3463, designed to protect agricultural property from being taxed at residential, commercial, or industrial rates, passed its second reading by a bipartisan vote of 98-0. Continue reading