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Bills of Interest

South Carolina General Assembly
 120th Session, 2015-2016
House and Senate Bills

South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014

House Bills

H. 3003     This amendment to the voter ID law would allow a college/university photo ID to be considered an acceptable form of identification for voting purposes.

Status:  Judiciary Committee

H. 3016     Would establish cooperative dual credit high school programs that would allow students to concurrently obtain a high school diploma and complete course work toward a higher degree.

Status:  Education and Public Works Committee

H. 3061     Addresses the risk of concussions sustained by student athletes and would require the Department of Education to develop and distribute model policies, and would require each local school district to develop its own policy.

Status:  The bill was enrolled with amendments and signed by the Governor, effective June 7, 2013 as Act No. 33

H. 3086     This amendment would revise the criteria under which honorably discharged veterans and their dependents may receive in-state tuition rates.

Status:  The bill was read three times in the House and sent to the Senate on March 21, 2013. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Education.   

H. 3095     The “Bill Wylie Entrepreneurship Act of 2013” provides for nonrefundable income tax credits for qualifying investments in business that meet certain criteria.

Status:  Committee on Ways and Means

H. 3109     Would provide for a zero-based budget review on a ten year schedule for each state agency.

Status:  Committee on Ways and Means

H. 3117     The “SC Chief Information Officer Restructuring Act” would establish the Department of the State Chief Information Officer, to be headed by the state chief information officer who is appointed by the governor.

Status:  Committee on Ways and Means

H. 3129     Would provide that a student who is not domiciled in SC and who has not been granted an out-of-state tuition rate waiver shall commit to paying the out-of-state tuition rate for four years.

Status:  Committee on Ways and Means

H. 3130     Would provide that appropriations made to a public institution of higher learning from the lottery expenditure account must be reflected in its budget.

Status:  Committee on Ways and Means

H. 3132     Would establish the SC College and University Board of Regents and provide for its membership, powers, duties, and responsibilities.

Status:  Committee on Education and Public Works

H. 3144     Would require a student who participates on a school-sponsored athletic team to be administered an electrocardiogram test and a test to determine if the student has sickle cell anemia or carries the trait.

Status:  Committee on Education and Public Works

H. 3152     Would prohibit the use of public funds to contract with a person whose activities include lobbying.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

H. 3160     Would provide that public school employees with concealed weapon permits may possess a firearm on the premises of his employer subject to certain requirements.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

H. 3163     Would amend the fees and time in which a public body must respond to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act, so as to provide for the electronic transmission of public records and to provide a public body may not charge for staff time.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary, committee report: favorable with amendment on Feb. 27, 2013. Recommitted to Committee on Judiciary March 20, 2013.

H. 3224     The “Military Service Occupation, Education, and Credentialing Act” would allow public, post-secondary institutions of higher education to award educational credit to honorably discharged members of the armed forces for courses that are part of their military training or service.

Status:  Read three times in the House and sent to the Senate April 18; referred to the Senate Committee on Education.

H. 3502     Would remove the limit on the amount of funds or property that the Citadel Board of Visitors can transfer to a NPO established by the Board.

Status:  The act was enrolled and signed by the Governor on June 13, 2013, amending Section 59-121-55, Code of Laws of South Carolina.

H. 3518     A joint resolution to provide that the CHE and the presidents of public colleges and universities shall support the efforts of the General Assembly to establish accountability-based funding for public colleges and universities.    

                Status:  Read three times in the House and was sent to the Senate on April 18, 2013.  It was referred to the Senate Committee on Education.

H. 3572     Certain four-year state-supported institutions of higher learning, including the College of Charleston, would add one member to the Board of Trustees and provide for the manner of appointment of these additional members.

Status:  Committee on Education and Public Works

H. 3784     Would clarify the National Guard College Assistance Program grant annual maximum based on amount of available program funds.

Status:  Read three times in the House and was sent to the Senate on April 25, 2013. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Education.

H. 3849     Would prohibit an incumbent or former member of the General Assembly from being elected or appointed by the General Assembly to the governing board of a SC college or university for a period of one year after terminating his legislative service or failing to file for election.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

H. 3896     Would provide that in regard to students who are part of the SC Tuition Prepayment Program, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, South Carolina public institutions of higher education would accept as full payment for tuition and fees the amount students not part of the Tuition Prepayment Plan were charged for tuition and fees for the school year 2008-2009.

Status:  Read three times in the House and was sent to the Senate on April 25, 2013. It was referred to the Senate Committee on Education.

Senate Bills

S. 22        The “South Carolina Restructuring Act of 2013” would add the Department of Administration as an agency of the executive branch of the state government, the Executive Budget and Strategic Planning Office within the Department of Administration, the State Fiscal Accountability Authority, the Procurement Oversight Board, the Legislative Fiscal Office, the Confederate Relic Room, the Military Museum Commission, the Joint Strategic Technology Committee, and the Charleston Navy Base Museum Authority.

Status:  The act was passed by the Senate on February 21, 2013 and sent to the House with amendments. It was passed by the House on May 16, 2013 and returned to the Senate with amendments. After non-concurrence in the House amendments in the Senate, the House insisted on amendments and it was sent to Conference Committee on May 30, 2013.

S. 28        The “South Carolina Restructuring Act of 2013” would also create the Office of State Inspector General as a separate division within the Department of Administration.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

S. 36       Would provide that a public employee cannot use a matricula consular card or a similar document issued by a consulate or embassy of another country to obtain a SC driver’s license or identification card to be used as proof of a person’s lawful presence in the United States or as verification of employment authorization.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

S. 39       Would impose an annual limit on the state general fund revenues available for appropriation, and create a separate budget stabilization fund in the state treasury for all general fund revenues in excess of the annual limit.

Status:  Committee on Finance

S. 40        The General Assembly shall designate funds in the state treasury as trust funds and designate that monies applied to a trust fund may only be appropriated for the designated purpose.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

S. 41        This amendment would prohibit a state officer or employee from authorizing an expenditure/obligation or involving the state in a contract without appropriated funds to pay the expenditure or obligation.

Status:  Committee on Finance

S. 42        Would prohibit the General Assembly from increasing or implementing a fine or penalty in the General Appropriations bill and provide that they must only do so by separate act.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

S. 44        The “SC Teacher Protection Act of 2013” would provide that a teacher may bring a civil action against a student who commits a criminal offense against the teacher if the offense occurs on school grounds or at a school related event.

Status:  Committee on Education

S. 62        Every police/security department shall implement policies and procedures to govern their operations and revise definition of “campus” and “campus police officer” to apply these provisions to private institutions.

Status:  Committee on Education

S. 68       Would establish the SC College and University Board of Regents, the service of trustees or members of the governing body of “constitutional institutions”, and to devolve the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the State Commission of Higher Education and the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education upon the SC College and University Board of Regents.

Status:  Committee on Education

S. 86       Would permit the General Assembly to develop a system for funding the public higher education institutions of SC on a uniform and nondiscriminatory per-pupil basis.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

S. 89       Would provide for a higher education base student cost and provide that a public institution of higher learning must be funded by using the base student cost.

Status:  Committee on Education

S. 90       The General Assembly may not authorize a state agency, department, or entity to increase or implement a fee, penalty, or fine in the state annual general appropriations act or other acts supplemental to that act.

Status:  Committee on Finance

S. 93       Would provide eligible persons funding their post-secondary education or training with the G.I. bill with in-state tuition rates.

Status:  Committee on Education

S. 104     Would provide that the legislative audit council perform audits for state agencies every five years and to submit a report to the appropriate entity or persons.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

S. 111     Would prohibit the use of capital reserve funds for other nonrecurring purposes.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

S. 114     Would delete provisions concerning boards establishing fees and require that all fees must be approved by the General Assembly.

Status:  Committee on Labor, Commerce, and Industry

S. 130     Would place restrictions on former public officials, members, or employees serving as lobbyists or accepting employment in the field of former service and to establish a one year waiting period before the employee can be compensated to communicate with his former agency or department to influence their actions.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

S. 136     Would amend the “SC Whistleblower and Public Employee Protection Act” by eliminating the $2,000 cap on rewards for reports resulting in savings and remove the one year waiting limitation on the period during which the employee is protected from adverse employment actions.

Status:  Committee on Judiciary

S. 208     Would provide that a student who changes his declared major to an eligible science or mathematics program would be eligible for a Life or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Enhancement provided that the student completes the minimum level of instruction in mathematics and life and physical science course within one academic year.

Status:  Committee on Education

S. 259      An amendment that would delete the provision that states that persons age sixty and over attending classes at state-supported colleges, universities, and technical schools who receive compensation as full-time employees must pay tuition.

Status:  Read three times in the Senate and sent to the House on May 1, 2013.  It was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S. 266      A joint resolution to provide that the CHE and the presidents of public colleges and universities shall support the efforts of the General Assembly to establish accountability based funding for public colleges and universities.

Status:  Committee on Education

S. 394     Would provide that a student with intellectual disabilities may be eligible for a Life Scholarship and to define the term intellectual disabilities.

Status:  Committee on Education 

S. 401     Would remove the limit on the amount of funds or property that the Citadel Board of Visitors can transfer to a NPO established by the Board

Status:  Read three times in the Senate and sent to the House on April 17, 2013.  It was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S. 417      The “Military Service Occupation, Education, and Credentialing Act” would allow public, post-secondary institutions of higher education to award educational credit to honorably discharged members of the armed forces for courses that are part of their military training or service.

Status:  Read three times in the Senate and sent to the House on April 17, 2013. It was read three times in the House and enrolled.  It was signed by the governor as Act No. 45, effective June 7, 2013.

S. 242     Would allow the possession of concealed weapons with permits on premises or property of a private or public college, university, technical college or other post-secondary institution and provide that a sign stating “no concealable weapons allowed” would constitute notice that concealable weapons should not be brought upon the premises.

Status:  The Senate adopted the resolution and sent it to the House.  The House adopted it as well and returned it to the Senate with concurrence.

S. 523    Would clarify the bill relating to cooperation between campus police and state law enforcement to include that campus police may also cooperate with local law enforcement officials.

Status:  Committee on Education

S. 535     The “Clemson University Enterprise Act” – would allow the Clemson Board of Trustees to establish an enterprise division as part of Clemson University, to provide that certain assets, programs and operations of Clemson may be transferred to the enterprise division. The enterprise division would be exempt from various state laws governing procurement, human resources, personnel, and disposition of real and personal property.

Status:    Read three times in the Senate and sent to the House on May 9, 2013. It was referred to Committee on Ways and Means.

S. 516     “Read to Succeed Act” would modify pre-service education requirements and enforce teacher certification requirements.  It would create the Read to Succeed Office and proficiency panel, and would provide related requirements of the Department of Education, state superintendent of education, school districts, colleges and universities that offer certain related graduate education, and educators and administrators.

Status:  Committee on Education

Updated July 2, 2013