By South Carolina State Representative JA Moore, District 15
Less than a year ago, I was a restaurant general manager who decided to take the leap of faith and focus full-time as owner and chef of my catering company. That within itself was an arduous undertaking.
Fast-forward a few weeks later after some soul-searching. I realized my passion was to serve in public office.
At first glance, it might seem an unlikely combination: chef and public servant. However, a closer look at a career as a hospitality professional for 15 years, in combination with being active in the community, brought me closer to the people. Their needs, their struggles, what the community needed, became my own.
Today I am the newly-elected South Carolina State House Representative for the 15th District, and owner & chef of a growing catering company.
I am excited about the opportunity I have been given to help our community. Its needs are etched in my mind.
The State House of Representatives deadline to pre-file legislation was December 18, 2018. Over 300 bills were pre-filed for the 2019-2020 legislative session, seven of which were filed by me.
I ran for office on an all-inclusive motto, “Walk with Me. Together We Will Make a Difference.” Each bill was inspired by a conversation I had with people in the community. Each one reflects a priority we share.
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/prever/3257_20181218.htm H.3257 – Rep Moore. A bill that will require schools to develop certain units that focus on mental health and wellness for seventh graders as an elective class. By ninth grade, students will have completed one unit of mental health and wellness studies.
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/prever/3258_20181218.htm H.3258 – Rep Moore. This bill serves to add the South Carolina School Safe Space Act by ensuring that each school has at least one employee per 200 students who is trained and certificated in mental health awareness.
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/prever/3251_20181218.htm H. 3251 – Reps Moore. A bill to amend the code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, to provide an income tax credit for teachers for child and dependent care payments in the tax year.
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/prever/3252_20181218.htm H. 3252 – Rep Moore. A bill to amend the code of laws of South Carolina, 1976, to provide an income tax credit for teachers for the costs of their recertification class in the tax year.
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/prever/3128_20181218.htm H. 3128 – Rep Moore. A bill to amend a 1976, law to provide that the State Auditor shall approve any auditor or auditing firm engaged by a county, municipality, school district, or other political subdivision of this State to perform an annual or other audit of that entity.
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/prever/3176_20181218.htm H.3176 – Rep Moore. A bill to amend a 1976, law relating to whether a person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and the suspension of driving privileges if appropriate. This is regarding a person involved in an accident in which a person suffered great bodily harm or death, the driver involved must submit to alcohol and drug tests as well.
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess123_2019-2020/prever/3248_20181218.htm H.3248 – Reps Moore, Bernstein, Rose and S. Williams. A bill to amend a 1976 law to create the Judicial Criminal Information Technology Committee; to establish membership, duties, and responsibilities of the Committee. To require that no gun transfer preceded by a criminal background check has concluded that the sale may proceed, or until at least Five Days have passed from the initiation of the background check.
This is just the beginning. We have a lot of work to do to make South Carolina better for all, our children, teachers and citizens. “Walk with Me. Together We Will Make a Difference.”