MORNING BUZZ: Sex-ed, cursive and 'Palcohol' on tap today, Columbia man gets congressional honor, and budget bill advances

Posted by JAMIE SELF on May 15, 2014 

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., left, presents a Congressional Gold Medal to William Ramseur, right on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. Ramseur, of Columbia, was a member of the Montford Point Marines who integrated the Marine Corps in the 1940s.

JEFFREY COLLINS -- AP

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— The S.C. Senate passed a budget agreement that expands 4-year-old kindergarten, but Democrats failed to rally support for expanding Medicaid under the federal healthcare law called the Affordable Care Act. The Senate's budget changes now return to the House where the process of reconciling differences between the two chambers' spending plans begins.

Today, a Senate education panel will consider a bill to update the state's 26-year-old sex education law, ask whether cursive is a must in S.C. classrooms, and another panel will consider a ban on powdered alcohol before it is even legal.

A look at other news:

A crackdown on drug-abusing parents wanting to get their kids back advances in the Senate.

A Columbia man was honored with a Congressional Gold Medal for desegregating the U.S. Marine Corps.

Conservationists say a state bill is pushing construction seaward and could erode a long-standing ban on seawalls.

Robert Ford fined $45,000 after second ethics probe again sent to S.C. Attorney General. (Associated Press)

Democratic state Sen. Brad Hutto picks up a labor endorsement.

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy's new gig investigating the Benghazi attacks on the U.S. consulate comes with a spotlight and risks. (Greenville News)

A bill that would curb pollution lawsuits advances in the Senate. (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

South Carolina is one step closer to having a state fossil, a bill to create a Charleston University is moving forward, and Sally Atwater picks up five endorsements in the race for state schools chief.

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney talks healthcare, immigration reform at Rock Hill town-hall meeting. (The Herald)

A former S.C. lieutenant governor says the collaboration that led to transformational policies has disappeared. (Greenville News)

President Bill Clinton disputes claims that his wife Hillary suffered brain damage after a fall in 2012. (McClatchy)

State House today

Senate meetings

Full body meets at 11 a.m.

• 9 a.m.: K-12 Education Subcommittee (Gressette Room 209 / Agenda)

• 9 a.m.: Corrections and Penology Committee on S.1243 (Gressette Room 207 / Agenda)

• 9:30 a.m.: Fish, Game and Forestry Committee (Gressette Room 406 / Agenda)

• 9:30 a.m.: Judiciary Subcommittee on S.1283, H.3539, H.3626 and H.4399 (Gressette Room 407 / Agenda)

• 9:30 a.m.: Medical Affairs Committee on H.3236, H.3827, H.3925, H.3983, H.4354, H.4550, H.4803 and H.4929 (Gressette Room 308 / Agenda)

• 10 a.m.: Judiciary Subcommittee on S.773 and S.788 (Gressette Room 207 / Agenda)

• Upon adjournment of the House: Conference Committee on H.3198 State House, 3rd Floor Conference Room / Agenda)

House meetings

Full body meets at 10 a.m.

• 9 a.m.: Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee on S.569, S.757, S.826, S.909, S.998, S.1026, S.1065, S.1099, S.1100, S.1189 and S.1233 (Blatt Room 403 / Agenda)

• Upon adjournment of the House: Conference Committee on H.3198 State House, 3rd Floor Conference Room / Agenda)

Who's schmoozing the General Assembly: IKids, Inc. S.C. State Board of Directors, breakfast for General Assembly and staff (8-10 a.m., Blatt Building Room 112)

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