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House passes $9 billion state budget after 15 hours of debate

Will hold 3rd reading before sending to Senate

The SC House has passed a 2nd reading of the $9 billion 2019-2020 state budget proposal.

Representatives voted 112-1 to pass the budget bill after debating for more than 15 hours Tuesday evening. 

Lawmakers tackled operational funding, various education-based reforms, and funding for Planned Parenthood, WLTX reported.

Representative John King (D-York) introduced an amendment to require South Carolina schools to teach a cultural sensitivity course. 

The House tabled 2 amendments that would have addressed mandated class sizes in South Carolina.

The failed amendments addressed:
⦁    Eliminating a state proviso to enable a teacher-to-student ratio for classrooms.
⦁    Limiting class size in under-performing schools' Kindergarten - 3rd grade classrooms.

Amendments giving state employees who make less than $50,000 a year a 2% raise was also tabled.

An amendment to prevent using state funding for Planned Parenthood abortions or abortion-related services passed.

Lawmakers will return to the State House Wednesday for a 3rd reading reading of the budget before it's sent to the Senate.

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