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State could quit paying for football security

Feb 16, 2011 7:21:00 AM - thestate.com
A draft House budget would require the University of South Carolina — and other institutions — to pay state agencies to provide traffic control and security at special events, including football games.

The proposal, which would save the state Department of Public Safety an estimated $647,700 a year, was one of dozens of budget rules approved by a House budget subcommittee Tuesday.

The rules, known as provisos, direct state agencies how they should spend money that lawmakers appropriate. In some cases, provisos forbid certain spending; in other cases, they can require certain spending — such as the one that now requires Public Safety to pay for crowd and traffic control at football games.

The full House Ways and Means Committee will debate the rules when it takes up the budget next week. The spending plan then would head to the full House for a vote, likely next month.

Many of the rule changes are intended to give agencies more flexibility to decide how best to spend their budgets, likely to be cut as lawmakers seek to close a $700 million budget shortfall. The rule stripping the requirements that Department of Public Safety pay for traffic control and security at football games is an example of that additional flexibility.

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