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This week, a handful of important bills are getting their first committee hearing, while other bills that have passed the committee process will be deliberated on the floor.

Tonight, there will be a public hearing for the Senate’s version of the education omnibus bill, which would create a new committee to monitor students from K-12, and beyond. The Senate bill also amends teacher pay, the Read to Succeed program, and school district consolidation, among other things. The hearing will be held at 6pm tonight at the McCormick Middle School gym (agenda here).

The House’s version of the education omnibus bill is now on the House floor calendar, and lawmakers may discuss it this week as a full body for the first time. In the Senate, a bill (S.298) that would give colleges and universities the ability to create powerful – and unaccountable – mini-governments called “enterprise divisions” is scheduled for debate. This proposal is also being pushed via a standalone bill, which is scheduled for subcommittee on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, a bill (S.110) that would authorize a new charge on SCANA customers is getting its first subcommittee hearing. This new revenue stream would be used to refinance the V.C. Summer debt, but there is no guarantee in the bill’s language that the V.C. Summer charges currently on customers’ bills would be lifted or reduced. Moreover, the charge would be backed by a legislative guarantee – much like the Base Load Review Act that authorized the debt to begin with.

Finally, the Senate committee to study the sale of Santee Cooper (separate from the joint evaluation and recommendation committee) is having its first meeting on Tuesday.

House floor session

Senate floor session

 

Monday – 3/4/19

Public hearing in McCormick, SC (agenda here)

 

Tuesday – 3/5/19

House committee meetings

Judiciary subcommittee

Education Committee

Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs subcommittee

Senate committee meetings

Select Committee on Santee Cooper

Transportation subcommittee

 

Wednesday – 3/6/19

House committee meetings

LCI subcommittee

Ways and Means subcommittee

Judiciary subcommittee

Ways and Means Committee

Senate committee meetings

Education subcommittee

Judiciary subcommittee

LCI subcommittee

Education subcommittee

Banking & Insurance subcommittee

Judiciary subcommittee

Thursday – 3/7/19

House committee meetings

Ways and Means Committee

Judiciary subcommittee

Tax Review Committee

Senate committee meetings

Family & Veterans’ Services subcommittee

Corrections & Penology Committee

Medical Affairs subcommittee

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