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