Representative Bill Hixon – District 83 – South Carolina

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Haley to visit N.A. to sign first bill by Hixon – northaugustastar.com

Below is an article that was published by the North Augusta Star Newspaper. It was on the front page of the printed version that hit the streets this week. You can see the original article at northaugustastar.com

Haley to visit N.A. to sign first bill by Hixon

In his capacity on the S.C. House natural resources committee, North Augusta's Rep. Bill Hixon saw a need and an easy fix. Now, Gov. Nikki Haley is scheduled to come to North Augusta next Tuesday at 3 p.m. to formally sign Hixon's first successful bill into law.

Hixon explained that South Carolina was one of only a few states that are not part of an Interstate Wildlife Compact – a reciprocal agreement among states that makes life easier for fishermen and hunters if they find themselves in violation of a law somewhere other than their home state. But that's now about to change.

He said some friends of his from Augusta were canoeing in the Savannah River when they were stopped by an officer with S.C. Department of Natural Resources and cited for not having enough life jackets with them. By South Carolina law, out-of-state violators are required to post bond immediately, or they go to jail. If a hunter is a resident of the state, he can get a ticket, go home and pay it later – just like a moving violation. 

"But if you're in another state, and, say, you have too many fish – or not enough life jackets – you have to pay right then," Hixon said, "or the officer has to take you to jail, and you have to be processed … fingerprinted … the works."

Hixon presented his solution to the problem for hunters and fishermen, and both the S.C. House and Senate agreed with him. As a result, Hixon is the first freshman member of the General Assembly this year to get a bill passed through by both houses and signed by the Governor. 

He noted that most of the other states have signed the Interstate Wildlife Compact already. With that agreement in place, a hunter or fisherman can go to another state knowing that if he inadvertently violates a local law related to game, he will be treated like a resident of that state. And if the violator doesn't pay his fine at the appointed time or doesn't return for a hearing date, according to the Interstate Wildlife Compact his hunting and fishing privileges will be suspended in South Carolina until he's paid his fine where the violation occurred. (The same would be true for a Georgia fisherman cited in South Carolina, for example.)

"I'm going to Montana (this fall), and I only carry so much cash," he laughed. The new agreement will mean Hixon, along with other S.C. hunters, doesn't have to worry about going to jail because he can't post bond for a minor violation.

The bill to join the Interstate Wildlife Compact "breezed" through the S.C. House and Senate and was signed by the governor, according to Hixon, who has received praise for what he calls common sense. "I saw a need which was brought to our committee, I studied it and got it through," he said proudly. "It just made sense."

Hixon noted that the Compact will make life easier not just for the fisherman, but for game wardens everywhere, as well. He argued that when someone is cited the way his friends were, the game officers don't want to take the time to arrest someone and take them to jail and have to go through all that is involved in any arrest. (He was quick to point out the Compact doesn't have any effect on the treatment of more serious crimes, like BUI (boating under the influence).

He pointed out the Compact is particularly important in areas like the CSRA where the river is shared by two states, and boaters don't always know who has jurisdiction. 

"The river means a lot to us," he said, and as a result, when Gov. Haley offered to come to North Augusta to sign the bill, Hixon immediately suggested doing it on the Savannah River. "I wanted a picture with my first bill, so we're going to do this at Boeckh Park (in Hammond's Ferry) on the Savannah," he said,

And Haley planned the trip so as not to interfere with the visit from Michele Bachmann, slated for 2 p.m. in Aiken next Tuesday. "We changed (the signing) to 3 p.m. so folks could get to both," said Hixon.

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Dr. Gary C. Redding Recognized by SC House.

Dr. Gary C. Redding Recognized by SC House.
March 3, 2011 – Columbia, SC

On March 3, 2011, Dr. Gary C. Redding, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of North Augusta was recognized by the South Carolina House of Representatives with a House Resolution. The occasion was to recognize his retirement and commend him for 22 years of service to his congregation, his community and his God. Reps. Hixon, J. R. Smith, Taylor and Young: Introduced the Resolution: H. 3781 The Resolution passed.

Below is the complete text of the resolution and will be forwarded to Dr. Redding.


A HOUSE RESOLUTION

TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR DR. GARY C. REDDING, SENIOR PASTOR OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF NORTH AUGUSTA, UPON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT, AND TO COMMEND HIM FOR TWENTY-TWO YEARS OF SELFLESS SERVICE TO HIS CONGREGATION, HIS COMMUNITY, AND HIS GOD.

Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives are pleased to learn that Dr. Gary C. Redding will begin a well-deserved retirement from full-time pastoral ministry on March 31, 2011; and

Whereas, having previously served other churches as senior pastor, Dr. Redding became pastor of First Baptist Church of North Augusta in 1989; and

Whereas, in the church's history, he is the longest-serving pastor, and he has served First Baptist Church of North Augusta longer than any other church in his own ministry; and

Whereas, the church has experienced multiple expansions under his ministry, such as the addition of a three thousand-seat worship center in 1998, the Children's Learning Center in 2009, new office space, and a youth worship area; and

Whereas, Dr. Redding has led the church in emphasizing overseas missions by sending hundreds of church members to minister as far away as South America, Africa, Asia, and Canada; and

Whereas, under his leadership, the church has focused intentional ministry on children, with over two thousand children having participated in the church's weekday education programs, over ten thousand having been involved in Vacation Bible School, and fifteen thousand middle-school children having engaged in wholesome Friday night activities at the church; and

Whereas, he has encouraged the church to have a practical awareness of the problem of homelessness so that the church has provided over a thousand homeless individuals meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas; and

Whereas, on a weekly basis, he has ministered to businessmen in the community with meetings he began in 1989, Business by the Book, where business leaders gather for lunch and messages to inspire them to put biblical principles into practice in the workplace; and

Whereas, the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives are grateful for the legacy of ministry that Dr. Gary C. Redding has given to our State and wish him continued happiness and success in his retirement. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, recognize and honor Dr. Gary C. Redding, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of North Augusta, upon the occasion of his retirement, and commend him for twenty-two years of selfless service to his congregation, his community, and his God.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be provided to Dr. Gary C. Redding.

 

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Commander of American Legion

ADDRESS BY THE NATIONAL COMMANDER OF THE AMERICAN LEGION

On Tuesday March 1, 2011, we were joined by our Senate Colleagues in the house chamber to listen to the remarks of the National Commander of the American Legion. The Honorable Jimmie Foster was introduced and spoke to us about veterans issues. At the beginning of his speech he mentioned how delighted he was with the proposed bill to honor vets in South Carolina. This is the bill that I Brought to the floor and is heavily co-sponsored by my colleagues. It is good to know that other vets appreciate simple things we as citizens and lawmakers can do. This should have been done a long time ago. Below is his remarks about the bill and the complete speech.

 

"Ladies and gentlemen of this great body, symbols matter. And that is why I was delighted to learn that this Legislature is considering a law that would allow for the inclusion of one's military veteran status on South Carolina drivers licenses. States already do this for organ donors. We call organ donations "the gift of life" and that is exactly what these transplants provide for countless people. But veterans also provide the gift of life – The American way of life. History indicates that without the sacrifices made by our veterans, America would probably be living under fascist, communist or some other totalitarian rule."

Jimmie Foster – National Commander of the American Legion

 

Below is the complete speech from Jimmie Foster as given on March 1, 2011 to a joint session.
Greetings, Lt. Governor Ard. Thank you for that wonderful introduction……I do appreciate your kind words. I'm glad to be here and I thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today. Before I begin, please allow me to take a moment to introduce members of The American Legion family who are with me today.
 

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You are Invited

You are invited to join the Committee to Elect Bill Hixon!

Our Election night Celebration will start 7:00pm after the polls close at Lookaway Hall. Please join us.

Thanks

Bill Hixon

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Cast Your Vote Today!

Hixon for House

Today is the day to vote!

Polls are open now. If you have not already voted please take the time to get to your polling place. The polls will be open until 7:00pm tonight.

Thank you for all the support.

Bill Hixon
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I Need Your Help! Running for the Finish Line.

Hixon for House

Hey guys,

We are less than 24 hours from Primary day, but I still need your help. I have been busy visiting door to door delivering my message to the voters. The phones have been ringing off the hook for bumper stickers, signs and I am so grateful for all your support.
 
But I need your help even more now. I am asking for your vote tomorrow so that I can start working on my goals for this fine District.
  1. Economic development, to attract good, high-paying jobs to our counties
  2. Keeping taxes & spending as low as possible, so hard-working tax payers can keep more of their own money
  3. Stopping the out-of-control growth of government, not just in Washington, but also in Columbia
  4. Improving education, so South Carolina's young people are given every opportunity to succeed in life
  5. Standing up for the conservative, pro-family values embraced by the majority of the families in our community
  6. Continuing to enhance and improve services for South Carolina’s aging population.

In addition to your vote, more is needed. Below are some things you can do in these final hours to help push our campaign across the finish line.

  • Phone or email your friends, neighbors and family and tell them you’re voting for Bill Hixon for House District 83 and so should they.
  • Post your support for Bill on your Facebook wall, change your profile picture, or tweet your support for Bill to your followers on Twitter.
  • Forward this message to five friends and encourage them to get involved.

I thank you for your support and ask for your vote on June 8th.

Bill Hixon
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Hixon to run for Smith’s seat

Aiken Standard
2/15/2010 3:19 PM
By PHYLLIS BRITT News Editor

Local businessman Bill Hixon has announced he will run for the S.C. House District 83 seat, which will be vacated (more…)

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Former Mayors of North Augusta Endorse Hixon

In a meeting with former Mayors Tom Greene and Hank McKenney, co-chairs of the Hixon for House campaign, they stated (more…)

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Hixon files for State House

North Augusta businessman Bill Hixon officially filed Tuesday as a candidate for South Carolina House of Representatives (more…)

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North Augusta’s Hixon seeks SC House seat

AUGUSTA CHRONICLE Wednesday, March 17, 2010 1:57 PM
Last updated 1:59 PM

NORTH AUGUSTA – Republican Bill Hixon filed Tuesday for South Carolina House of Representatives District 83.

The North Augusta businessman said he hopes (more…)

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