Haley to name new Cabinet director
Gov. Nikki Haley is expected announce her pick to lead the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation at a 9:30 a.m. press conference today at the State House.
If confirmed by the state Senate, the new director who succeed Catherine Templeton.
Templeton, the current LLR director, was confirmed by the Senate this week for her new job as director of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. She starts in that post March 15.
S.C. seeks waiver from ‘No Child Left Behind’ law
State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais has submitted a request to the federal Department of Education to allow South Carolina to opt out of some provisions of the Bush-era “No Child Left Behind” education reform law.
“This opportunity to request flexibility from parts of No Child Left Behind is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform education in South Carolina,” Zais said in a statement.
In September, the Education Department announced a process allowing states to request flexibility on some of the federal education law’s requirements.
Senate panel advances inmate sex surgery bill
A bill that would prohibit state money from being used for sex-change surgeries for prison inmates is one step closer to becoming law.
The Senate Corrections and Penology Committee on Thursday approved the bill that now goes to the Senate.
Under current policy, the S.C. Department of Corrections is obligated to pay for hormonal treatment and surgery for inmates who come into the prison system during the sex-change process.
The proposed bill would not change that policy for hormonal treatment but would prohibit sex- change surgeries from being paid for by the state.
Prison officials say no inmates have had the surgery while in prison. Only one asked for it but changed his mind.
Opponents say they will sue if the bill, which they say is unconstitutional, becomes law.