South Carolina's week of legislative action
Apr 22, 2011 10:21:00 AM - thestate.com
The 14th week of the legislative session:
SCHOOL CHOICE: A Senate committee on Wednesday defeated the latest proposal to help parents send their children to private school, but advocates say the bill is far from dead. The bill failed 6-10 in the Senate Education Committee without debate. The plan would give tax credits to parents who can afford to pay tuition upfront and would give scholarships to poor students. Businesses and people who donate toward those scholarships would get the tax credit. State budget advisers estimate the net loss to the state would be $133 million annually when fully implemented in 2023-24 and more than $800 million cumulatively over those 13 years. Supporters say the report underestimates the number of students who would transfer. An identical bill is up for debate in the House Education Committee.
VOTER ID: South Carolina voters will need to have photo identification to vote under a deal reached by a House and Senate conference committee Wednesday. The House and Senate will decide whether to accept the compromise and send it to the governor. Republicans say the bill is about voter integrity. Democrats say it suppresses turnout of voters who lack a license, and they argued educating people on the measure and supplying a free photo ID will be expensive. Democrats had been willing to go along in exchange for adding a new early voting process. But House Republicans insisted the bill be stripped down to requiring photo ID.
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