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.