Six Weeks Left
It is hard to believe that there are only six weeks left in the first session of the 125th South Carolina General Assembly. But it is looking like a promising first year for the Palmetto Freedom Agenda. Here are some highlights with links to a deeper dive:
- Not one, but two education freedom bills have passed the Senate
- Constitutional amendments increasing state rainy day funds were ratified.
- A Certificate of Need (CON) repeal bill has passed the Senate
- A Curriculum Transparency bill has passed the House
- An Open Enrollment (public school choice) bill has passed the House
- An ESG bill got traction this week in the House with a virtual appearance by noted ESG opponent Vivek Ramaswamy
- A conversation began this week on “full expensing,” and why this innovation is needed in our state tax code.
- Bills to require live streaming of school board meetings and to allow alternative paths to the classroom for teachers have passed the Senate.
- Other bills getting traction: parent rights, scope of practice reforms, occupational licensing reform, judicial selection process reform, tort reform, and splitting the Department of Health & Environmental Control into two agencies.
Stay tuned for a full tracking of Palmetto Freedom Agenda-friendly legislation.