S.41 – Mandating free school breakfast and lunch

This bill would mandate that lunch be provided to South Carolina public school students at no charge to the students. While schools do currently provide breakfast and lunch, the students and their families must pay unless they qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Moreover, only the breakfast program is mandatory for all schools, under current […]

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H.4386 & H.4810 – Metal detectors in public schools

Two bills filed by the House would change security policy in South Carolina’s schools. H.4386 would require that metal detectors be installed at the public entrances of every public school in the state. “Public entrances” are defined as the main entrance to each school building, gymnasium, and football stadium. Secondary doors and service entrances would […]

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H.4814 – Legislating procedures for mold inspection in local schools

This bill spells out procedures for dealing with mold in public school facilities. It tasks both the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Department of Education (DOE) with developing procedures, policies and standards for mold inspection, removal, containment, abatement of the original cause of the mold, public notification, record-keeping, and reporting. However, the SBOE’s […]

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S.888 – Schools may compensate teachers for unused vacation days

This bill would allow local school districts to compensate public and charter school teachers for any sick or vacations days earned but not used. This creates an additional teacher incentive, but it is at the discretion of the school district whether or not to implement it. The bill would not overrule any existing teacher incentive […]

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S.793 – Property Tax Procedure Act

Under state law, taxpayers can challenge the tax assessments of their property. This bill would slightly change the appeals/challenge process. Under this legislation, the Department of Revenue (DOR) would begin notifying counties of assessment challenges filed by taxpayers and of the DOR’s rulings. This would have the effect of giving the local government the opportunity […]

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S.889 – Local sales tax may be used for economic development projects

This bill would allow locally-imposed sales and use taxes to be spent on economic development projects. As “economic development” is not clearly defined, this bill would, in effect, allow these tax dollars to be treated as a slush fund for local politicians. Current law does require a local referendum on these local sales and use […]

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S.954 – Prohibits PSC from issuing any BLRA orders except for experimental rate in House bill

This joint resolution instructs the Public Service Commission (PSC) not to take any action on the V.C. Summer issue until ninety days after the end of the 2018 legislative session, with one exception: The PSC “may” set the “experimental rate” contained in H.4375, which is not currently state law. In other words, this joint resolution […]

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H.4389 – Privatization of school buses

This bill would privatize the state’s school bus fleet. Under current law, school bus transportation is controlled by the State Board of Education and funded by the state. This bill would delegate student transportation responsibility to the local school districts, who could either fund and manage their own school bus fleet or outsource student transportation […]

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Property Rights Threatened by Lawmakers’ Economic Development Interests

REMOVING CITIZENS’ POWER TO HOLD THEIR NEIGHBORS ACCOUNTABLE? UPDATE: The final version of the bill placed parameters on the bill’s scope, but the core of the proposal – the violation of property rights – remains the same. The amended version defines “reasonable expansion,” and only allows the nuisance exemption to be transferred to another facility if […]

H.3546 – Exempting direct primary care agreements from regulation

This bill would allow patients and their doctors to bypass insurance companies and requirements by setting up direct primary care agreements and protect those agreements from regulation by the Department of Insurance. A “direct primary care agreement” is defined as a written agreement between a patient and their doctor that certain healthcare services be provided […]

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