Education Bills Advance

Two k-12 education bills that passed the House last session as part of the Abbeville school district, etal. package of reform bills but were orphaned by the Senate as the session ended will receive third reading today. In other words, we started off our k-12 efforts by repeating what we have already done. Hopefully the Senate will take the time to consider the bills before 2018.

The following is taken from yesterday’s House Journal which will direct you to a full description of each bill –

H. 3220 — Reps. Allison, West, Collins, Felder, B. Newton, Govan, Brown, Whipper, Davis and Anderson: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-59-175 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COORDINATING COUNCIL AND TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP, DUTIES, AND FUNCTIONS.

Rep. HILL proposed the following Amendment No. 1 to H. 3220 (COUNCIL\SD\3220C001.NL.SD17), which was adopted:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, Section 59-59-175, as contained in SECTION 1, by adding an appropriately lettered subsection at the end to read:
/ ( ) The provisions of this section expire five years after its effective date unless the General Assembly by law extends its provisions. /
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.

Rep. HILL explained the amendment.
The amendment was then adopted.

Rep. STRINGER explained the Bill.

The question then recurred to the passage of the Bill.

The yeas and nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 101; Nays 1

Those who voted in the affirmative are:
Allison Anderson Anthony Arrington Atkinson Atwater
Bales Ballentine Bamberg Bennett Bernstein Blackwell
Bradley Brown Burns Caskey Chumley Clary
Clemmons Cobb-Hunter Cogswell Cole Collins Crawford
Crosby Daning Davis Dillard Douglas Duckworth
Elliott Ericsson Felder Finlay Forrest Forrester
Fry Funderburk Gagnon Govan Hart Hayes
Henderson Henegan Herbkersman
Hewitt Hiott Hixon Hosey Howard Huggins
Jefferson Johnson Jordan King Kirby Knight
Loftis Long Lowe Lucas Mack Magnuson
Martin McEachern McKnight Mitchell D. C. Moss Murphy
Neal B. Newton W. Newton Norrell Ott Parks
Pitts Pope Putnam Ridgeway S. Rivers Robinson-Simpson
Ryhal Sandifer Simrill G. R. Smith J. E. Smith Sottile
Spires Stringer Tallon Taylor Thigpen Weeks
West Wheeler Whipper White Whitmire WilliamsWillis Yow
Total–101

Those who voted in the negative are:
Hill
Total–1
So, the Bill, as amended, was read the second time and ordered to third reading.

 

H. 3221 — Reps. Allison, Collins, Felder, Daning, Govan, Taylor, Knight and Anderson: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-20-90 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP AND ADOPT A STATEWIDE PROGRAM FOR IDENTIFYING FISCAL PRACTICES AND BUDGETARY CONDITIONS THAT, IF UNCORRECTED, COULD COMPROMISE THE FISCAL INTEGRITY OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT AND FOR ADVISING THE DISTRICT ON HOW TO TAKE APPROPRIATE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS, TO ESTABLISH THREE LEVELS OF FISCAL AND BUDGETARY CONCERNS WITH CONDITIONS AND REQUIREMENTS ASSOCIATED WITH EACH, AND TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION; AND BY ADDING SECTION 59-20-95 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE STATE AUDITOR TO ADOPT THE STATEWIDE PROGRAM CREATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN SECTION 59-20-90 AND USE IT TO IDENTIFY FISCAL PRACTICES AND BUDGETARY CONDITIONS THAT, IF UNCORRECTED, COULD COMPROMISE THE FISCAL INTEGRITY OF A STATE AGENCY THAT IS ALSO A LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCY AND TO ADVISE THE STATE AGENCY THAT IS ALSO A LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCY ON HOW TO TAKE APPROPRIATE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS, AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS TO ENABLE THE STATE AUDITOR TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO IMMEDIATELY ASSUME EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF THE STATE AGENCY THAT IS ALSO A LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCY FOR WHICH IT HAS MADE A DECLARATION OF FISCAL CAUTION OR FISCAL EMERGENCY, TO CONTINUE THIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF THE LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCY UNTIL THE STATE AUDITOR RELEASES THE STATE AGENCY THAT IS ALSO A LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCY FROM THE DECLARATION OF FISCAL CAUTION OR FISCAL EMERGENCY, AS APPLICABLE, AND TO DIRECT THE STATE AUDITOR TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.

Rep. STRINGER explained the Bill.

The yeas and nays were taken resulting as follows:

Yeas 101; Nays 0
Those who voted in the affirmative are:
Allison Anderson Anthony Arrington Atkinson Atwater
Bales Ballentine Bamberg Bennett Bernstein Blackwell
Bradley Brown Burns Caskey Chumley Clary
Clemmons Clyburn Cobb-Hunter
Cogswell Cole Crawford Crosby Daning Davis
Dillard Douglas Duckworth Elliott Erickson Felder
Finlay Forrest Forrester Fry Funderburk Gagnon
Govan Hart Hayes Henderson Henegan Herbkersman
Hewitt Hill Hiott Hixon Hosey Howard
Huggins Jefferson Johnson Jordan King Kirby
Knight Loftis Long Lowe Mack Martin
McEachern McKnight Mitchell D. C. Moss Murphy Neal
B. Newton W. Newton Ott Parks Pitts Pope
Putnam Ridgeway S. Rivers Robinson-Simpson Ryhal Sandifer
Simrill G. R. Smith J. E. Smith Sottile Spires Stringer
Tallon Taylor Thayer Thigpen Toole Weeks
West Wheeler Whipper White Whitmire Williams
Willis Yow

Total–101

Those who voted in the negative are:

Total–0

So, the Bill was read the second time and ordered to third reading.

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Tommy Stringer