South Carolina House of Representatives
David H. Wilkins, Speaker of the House
OFFICE OF RESEARCH
Room 213, Blatt Building, P.O. Box 11867, Columbia, S.C. 29211, (803) 734-3230
NOTE: Bill summaries included in this document are prepared by the staff of the South Carolina House of Representatives and are not the expression of the legislation's sponsor(s) or the House of Representatives. The summaries are strictly for the internal use and benefit of members of the House of Representatives and are not to be construed by a court of law as an expression of legislative intent.
The bill authorizes the Superintendent, under specified conditions, to grant waivers from school building regulations relating to minimum lot size requirements or building square foot requirements for construction of a new public school building or for the conversion of an existing commercial building into a public school facility. The bill provides that the authority granted the Superintendent by these provisions supercedes state school building regulations and the authority of local building officials or entities to disapprove variances granted by the waiver. The Committee reported favorable on H.3128, regarding PRIMARY ENFORCEMENT OF THE SEAT BELT LAW. This bill strikes the current statutory language which provides that a law enforcement officer must not stop a driver for a seat belt or child restraint violation in the absence of another violation of the motor vehicle laws. The Committee recommitted to subcommittee H.3333, a bill concerning WHEN A VEHICLE MUST STOP FOR A SCHOOL BUS and regarding SCHOOL BUS ROUTES THAT REQUIRE PASSENGERS TO BE OFFLOADED ALONG A MULTI-LANE HIGHWAY. The Committee reported favorable on H.3410, a bill regarding the DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY, WHICH ELIMINATES THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD FROM THE RECORDS RETENTION SCHEDULE APPROVAL PROCESS and which eliminates the requirement that the general schedules for records series common to agencies and subdivisions be developed as state regulations. The Committee reported favorable on H.3050, a bill which ESTABLISHES SPECIAL CRITERIA FOR AWARDING PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2003 AND THEREAFTER WHO ATTEND "MAGNET" SCHOOLS, as those schools are defined in the bill. The bill provides that students in magnet schools who meet all criteria for applying for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship except for rank in class, may use the rank in class from the high school he or she would have attended had there been no magnet school, so long as the application does not cause the regular high school to exceed the five percent limitation from its sophomore or junior class for these scholarships. The bill requires and provides for official documentation from the regular high school that the magnet school student is within the top five percent of either the sophomore or junior class. The Committee recommended referring H.3607 to the Anderson delegation. This joint resolution provides that CERTAIN SCHOOL DAYS MISSED BY STUDENTS IN SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 OF ANDERSON COUNTY WHEN THE SCHOOL WAS CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXEMPT FROM THE STATE MAKE-UP REQUIREMENT for days missed.
The bill creates within the Department of Education (the Department), the Education and Economic Development Project Office to oversee implementation of the bill's provisions, a procedure which the bill requires to be complete by July 1, 2008, at which time the Office is abolished.
The bill provides for pilot projects to be conducted by the Department during school year 2003-2004, implementing the clusters of study system in selected school districts and schools, and implementing the Career Guidance Model of the Comprehensive Developmental Guidance and counseling Program Model in schools in which a pilot project for the clusters of study model is being conducted.
The bill requires that before July 1, 2004: the Department shall develop state models and prototypes for individual graduation plans and the curriculum framework for career clusters of study; and school districts shall organize high school curricula around clusters of study and cluster majors and shall promote increased awareness and career counseling by providing access to the South Carolina Occupational Information System for all schools or another occupational information system.
The bill requires and provides for the Department to implement, beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, a specified career development plan for educational professionals in career guidance that provides awareness, training, release time, and preparatory instruction.
The bill specifies relevant activities and programs regarding guidance models, counseling and programs on clusters of study, individual graduation plans, which must be implemented in schools and in districts on a phased-in basis. The bill requires that by the 2006-2007 school year, the ratio of students to guidance personnel in middle and high schools must be three hundred to one, and the bill specifies certain counseling which must be provided during the 2006-2007 year to assist students in fulfilling their individual graduation plans.
The bill requires each high school to implement the "High Schools That Work" program by 2007-2008, and requires the Department to revise high school graduation requirements to fit the career cluster system by July 1, 2008.
The bill includes requirements which an individual graduation plan must provide and/or include. The bill includes requirements for districts regarding students who are at risk for achieving the next level of study or for dropping out of school, and also provides for parental participation as an integral component of the clusters of study system.
The bill creates and provides for the Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council (the Council) to oversee and facilitate the provisions and requirements of the bill. The bill requires the Council to designate regional education service centers to coordinate and facilitate the delivery of information, resources, and services to students educators, employers, and the community. The bill delineates responsibilities and requirements for these center.
The bill provides requirements for the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, in collaboration with the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education and the Commission on Higher Education, to assist the Department in planning and promoting the career and employment programs provided for in the bill.
The bill provides items relevant to the purposes of the bill for colleges of education to include as degree requirements beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year, and the bill requires the Department to develop performance standards in these areas and include them as criteria for certification of teachers, counselors, and school administrators.
The bill requires and provides for school districts, two-year colleges, and four-year colleges and universities to enter into articulation agreements before July 1, 2004.
The bill provides additional traits which must be incorporated into character education programs and provides additional school reporting requirements under the provisions of the Education Accountability Act.
H.3733 PROHIBITION AGAINST MOVING BECK ACADEMY Rep. F.N. Smith
This bill prohibits the Greenville School Board from moving the location of Beck Academy until approval by the General Assembly. H.3738 TRANSFER OF CERTAIN TWO-YEAR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS Rep. Stille
Effective July 1, 2003, this bill establishes the State Board for Community Colleges and Technical and Comprehensive Education (the Board), currently known as the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, and transfers to it the two-year campuses of USC-Lancaster, USC-Salkehatchie, USC-Union, and USC-Sumter. The bill creates and provides for a nine member area commission for each of these two-year campuses, to be appointed by the Governor.
The bill requires the Board to file plans before June 30, 2003, broadening the curricula in these two-year campuses to include technical education as well as the current college parallel curricula. The Board is also empowered to revise education program offerings by two-year institutions under its jurisdiction and located in the same community, to avoid duplication and excessive costs.
H.3739 REQUIREMENTS FOR DRIVERS STOPPED BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER Rep. Ceips
This bill requires the operator of a vehicle to activate the vehicle's interior lights when stopped by a law enforcement officer. The bill provides that violation of this provision is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of twenty-five dollars. The twenty-five dollar fines must be transferred to the law enforcement agency that employs the arresting officer and must be used to purchase law enforcement equipment.
The bill also strikes the provision in this section which requires that, in order to be included in the definition of "immediate family," a grandchild must reside with the employee and the employee is the primary caretaker of the grandchild.
H.3734 AMENDMENT TO SOUTH CAROLINA MINING ACT Rep. Cooper
This bill provides that any revenue attributable to increased or additional fees imposed after July 1, 2003 pursuant to the South Carolina Mining Act, must be appropriated by the General Assembly in the general appropriations act for the Department of Health and Environmental Control's mining and reclamation program. The bill specifies that the funds must be used to provide additional staff for this program and to provide educational and training assistance to South Carolina's mining industry. H.3736 DEFINITIONS IN MUNICIPAL IMPROVEMENTS ACT AND S.C. DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEE ACT Rep. Limehouse
This bill includes public education facilities for grades K-12 in the definition of "improvements" under the Municipal Improvements Act and in the definition of "public facilities" under the South Carolina Development Impact Fee Act. H.3741 EXEMPTIONS FROM STATE EMPLOYEES GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE ACT Rep. W.D. Smith
This bill exempts from the State Employees Grievance Procedure Act employees in a chief of staff or equivalent position, those employees within two managerial levels of the agency head or chief of staff or equivalent position, and any employees earning in excess of eighty thousand dollars a year, excluding academic employees as specified in the bill. The bill also requires that in 2006 and every four years thereafter, the eighty thousand dollar salary figure must be adjusted to reflect increases in the consumer price index, as provided in the bill.
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