Monday, January 7, 2008

Bill Herbkersman

My Background

We have lived in Beaufort County for 24 years and have called Bluffton home for 20 of those years. I attended high school and college in Columbia, SC.

Mary and I have two children, Shelby and Cole and we are proud to call Bluffton our home.

Our first business venture was Cycle Centers, Inc. We started this business in a small warehouse, and built it into a multi-state retail sporting goods and cycling stores. The headquarters for these stores was in Beaufort County.

After Cycle Centers, we purchased a theme restaurant and brought it out of bankruptcy and, with dedication and hard work, turned it into a chain of restaurants in three states, before divestment. This was a true family success story.

We now own Apex Land and Development and Marina Front Development. These companies were formed to provide affordable and moderate housing in Beaufort and Jasper Counties, and to successfully redevelop “undesirable” areas from Columbia, SC to Jacksonville, Florida. We pride ourselves in being good stewards of the land. We are now involved in redeveloping “eyesore” property in the immediate area and providing low impact/high community usage projects. We have proudly created and employed over 150 Beaufort County residents - your neighbors and mine.

My family belongs to St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton, SC and I am involved in the Knights of Columbus, among other areas of our parish.

Community Service

I have been very fortunate and feel it important to show my appreciation in service to those areas that have helped me. As you see from the list below, I am involved with my church, my town, my county, my industry and my party. I am proud to be associated with each of these fine groups.

  • Bluffton Rotary Club
  • St. Gregory the Great Building Committee - Steering Committee
  • Served in SC House of Representatives from new district #118
  • Greater Bluffton Pathways Board
  • Friends of the Rivers member
  • Beaufort County Land Trust
  • Bluffton YMCA founding member
  • United Way of Beaufort County volunteer
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Friends of Liberty
  • National Association of Home Builders
  • Airplane Owners and Pilots Association
  • Beaufort County and Greater Bluffton Republican Party member
  • Columnist for Bluffton Today

My Accomplishments . . . .

Last year the South Carolina House of Representatives was very busy. I have been able to make a number of contributions and I expect Speaker Harrell has some new leadership work for me to do.

As you know, the House of Representatives acts o­n General Bills, Resolutions, Concurrent Resolutions and with the SC Senate, Joint Resolutions. I have sponsored and/or co-sponsored over 1,000 different legislative subjects. Listed below are examples of the kind of work I did last term. I invite you to look these subjects over and email me your thoughts. bill@herbkersman.com.

House Number
Category
Sponsor
Description
H*3006 General Bill Herbkersman and others AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 56-5-160 AND 56-19-10, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH
CAROLINA, 1976, BOTH RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF THE TERM "BICYCLE", SO AS
TO CLARIFY THE DEFINITION AND TO EXCLUDE CHILDRENS' TRICYCLES; TO AMEND
ARTICLE 27, CHAPTER 5, TITLE 56, RELATING TO BICYCLISTS AND USERS OF PLAY
VEHICLES, SO AS TO DEFINE "BICYCLE LANE" AND PROVIDE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT
MOTOR VEHICLES MAY NOT BLOCK BICYCLE LANES AND MUST YIELD TO BICYCLISTS IN
SUCH LANES,
H 3064 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 29, ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION
OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT, SO AS TO
PROVIDE THAT TAXES UPON REAL PROPERTY MUST BE ASSESSED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
METHODS AS PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN ARTICLE X OF THE STATE
CONSTITUTION; AND TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 6 OF ARTICLE X, SO AS TO
PROVIDE THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL ESTABLISH A METHOD OF VALUATION FOR
ASSESSMENT OF REAL PROPERTY WITHIN THE STATE; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE GENERAL
ASSEMBLY BY LAW SHALL PROVIDE FOR THE TERMS, CONDITIONS, AND PROCEDURES TO
IMPLEMENT THE ABOVE PROVISIONS.
H 3146 General BillHerbkersman and others

. A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 46
TO TITLE 11 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE "SOUTH CAROLINA HYDROGEN INFRASTRUCTURE
DEVELOPMENT FUND", TO AUTHORIZE THE SOUTH CAROLINA RESEARCH AUTHORITY TO
ADMINISTER SUBGRANTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROMOTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF HYDROGEN
PRODUCTION, TO ALLOW THE FUND TO RECEIVE DONATIONS, GRANTS, AND OTHER FUNDING
AS PROVIDED BY LAW

H 3153 Joint Resolution Herbkersman and othersA BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
57-3-45 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE MASS TRANSIT ADVISORY COUNCIL AND PROVIDE FOR
ITS MEMBERSHIP AND FUNCTIONS AND TO AMEND SECTION 12-28-2725, RELATING TO THE
PORTION OF THE MOTOR FUELS USER FEE USED FOR MASS TRANSIT, SO AS TO PROVIDE
THAT REVENUE EQUAL TO TWO CENTS A GALLON OF THE TOTAL USER FEE o­n GASOLINE
MUST BE USED FOR MASS TRANSIT.
H 3156 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
38-3-105 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
MUST BE ELECTED TO OFFICE BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, FOR A TERM OF FOUR YEARS;

H*3161 General Bill Herbkersman and others AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
59-67-105 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE MAXIMUM SCHOOL BUS RIDE TIME OF EACH
STUDENT AND ROUTING EFFICIENCY FOR EACH SCHOOL BUS
H 3296 General Bill Herbkersman and othersA BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
59-17-160 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT AT LEAST SIXTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE EDUCATION
OPERATIONAL BUDGET OF EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT MUST BE USED FOR CLASSROOM
INSTRUCTION AND PROVIDE THAT EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT SHALL REPORT TO THE STATE
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THE ACTUAL PERCENTAGE OF ITS EDUCATION OPERATIONAL
BUDGET THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT USED FOR CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION.

H 3390 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
12-6-3588 SO AS TO ALLOW A STATE INCOME TAX CREDIT EQUAL TO TWENTY PERCENT OF
THE QUALIFIED EXPENDITURES OF PHOTOVOLTAIC, SOLAR, AND FUEL CELL PROPERTY
CREDITS ALLOWED AGAINST A TAXPAYER'S FEDERAL INCOME TAX LIABILITY.

H 3512 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
44-37-50 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A HOSPITAL SHALL MAKE AVAILABLE TO THE PARENTS
OF A NEWBORN BABY A VIDEO PRESENTATION o­n THE DANGERS OF SHAKING INFANTS
H 3560 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 11-45-30, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS IN CONNECTION WITH THE VENTURE CAPITAL
INVESTMENT ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA, SO AS TO SPECIFY THE INVESTMENTS IN
ACTIVITIES AT CERTAIN STAGES OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
H 3698 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
38-57-190 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT NO INSURER MAY SELECTIVELY LIMIT ITS INSURANCE
OFFERINGS IN SOUTH CAROLINA DEFINED AS FAILING TO OFFER A KIND OR LINE OF
INSURANCE WHICH THE INSURER OR AN AFFILIATED INSURER OFFERS IN ANOTHER
JURISDICTION
H 3774 General Bill Herbkersman and others
A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 3
TO CHAPTER 117, TITLE 44 TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION
PRESCRIPTION ACT" SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSMITTING A
PRESCRIPTION ELECTRONICALLY, TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR MAINTAINING THE
CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION IN THE ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF
PRESCRIPTIONS
H 3973 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
16-13-445 SO AS TO CREATE THE OFFENSE OF POSSESSION OF A FALSIFIED
FEDERALLY-ISSUED IDENTIFICATION CARD AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY; AND TO AMEND
SECTION 16-13-452, RELATING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT EXCEPTIONS
H 4162 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
57-3-45 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE SOUTH CAROLINA MASS TRANSIT ADVISORY COMMISSION
AND PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES, AND TO PROVIDE
THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SHALL PROVIDE STAFF AND OTHER SUPPORT
FOR THE COMMISSION.

H*4400General Bill Herbkersman and othersAN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE
SOUTH CAROLINA ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT
H 4510 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-36-2120, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH
CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO EXEMPT CORRECTIVE
LENSES SOLD BY PRESCRIPTION AND RAW MATERIALS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF SUCH
LENSES.
H 4516 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION
15-35-410 SO AS TO PROVIDE A JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT IN A CIVIL ACTION MAY NOT BE
ENTERED AGAINST A PERSON IN ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES OR
THE SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD IF THE PERSON HAS NOT MADE AN APPEARANCE IN
A COURT IN WHICH THE ACTION IS PENDING DUE TO THE FULFILLMENT OF HIS MILITARY
OBLIGATION, AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH CERTAIN FEDERAL LAW
AND FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF CHILD SUPPORT AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT.
H 4523 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 17-25-45, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
1976, RELATING TO LIFE SENTENCES FOR PERSONS CONVICTED OF CERTAIN MOST SERIOUS
AND SERIOUS OFFENSES, SO AS TO INCLUDE THE OFFENSE OF COMMITTING OR ATTEMPTING
A LEWD ACT UPON A CHILD UNDER SIXTEEN IN THE LIST OF SERIOUS OFFENSES; AND TO
AMEND SECTION 24-13-100, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF "NO PAROLE OFFENSE", SO
AS TO ADD THE OFFENSE OF COMMITTING OR ATTEMPTING A LEWD ACT UPON A CHILD
UNDER SIXTEEN AS AN OFFENSE FOR WHICH A PERSON MAY NOT BE PAROLED.

H 4526 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-1-60, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA,
1976, RELATING TO OFFENSES DEFINED AS VIOLENT, SO AS TO INCLUDE BURGLARY IN
THE SECOND DEGREE WHEN A PERSON ENTERS A DWELLING WITH INTENT TO COMMIT A
CRIME IN ADDITION TO BURGLARY IN THE SECOND DEGREE WHEN A PERSON ENTERS A
BUILDING FOR THIS PURPOSE
H 4550 General Bill Herbkersman and others A BILL TO DESIGNATE SECTION 5 OF ACT 115 OF 2007 AS SECTION 12-6-515, CODE OF
LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE REDUCTION IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA
INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX LIABILITY OF INDIVIDUALS BY SUBJECTING THE BOTTOM OF THE
2.5 PERCENT STATE INDIVIDUAL INCOME RATE TO A TAX RATE OF ZERO, SO AS TO
PROVIDE FURTHER RATE REDUCTIONS FOR MARRIED TAXPAYERS BY REDUCING THE THREE
PERCENT RATE TO TWO PERCENT OVER THREE YEARS AND TO DEFINE "MARRIED TAXPAYER"
CONSISTENTLY WITH THE DEFINITION FOR MARRIAGE PROVIDED IN THE CONSTITUTION OF
THIS STATE.