South Carolinians will get a sense this week of what legislators want to pass next year.
Senators and representatives can prefile bills Tuesday for the 2014 session that starts Jan. 14.
Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, said he plans to introduce a universal 4K program.
The House started last week with legislation to push slowpokes out of the left lane and help ease some provisions of the federal healthcare act on businesses.
Senators have another chance to prefile bills next Tuesday.
State House meetings
(Note that meeting days, times and agendas are subject to change):
•The S.C. Education Oversight Committee
— The state’s education research and accountability arm will have its last meeting of the year Monday. Action items on the agenda include a seven-year review of proposed science standards, which likely will be sent back for more revision at the request of a panel overseeing the standards. Also up for approval is a five-year review of the state system for measuring the performance of schools and districts.
The committee also will get insight into a key part of a proposed Senate bill aimed at ensuring third-graders are reading on grade level. The bill proposes holding back struggling third-grade readers for a year of reading-focused instruction. Districts would be responsible for designing the instruction to help those students succeed. The Education Oversight Committee will hear results from a study evaluating ideas for appropriate reading interventions for struggling readers. (1 p.m. Monday, Blatt Room 433. Agenda)
•Energy Advisory Council of the State Regulation of Public Utilities Review Committee
-- Discuss draft of report on expected expansion of solar power.(9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Blatt Room 110. Agenda)
•House Ways and Means Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Subcommittee
-- Budget discussions for the State Law Enforcement Division, Department of Natural Resources, Commission on Indigent Defense, Administrative Law Court and Prosecution Coordination Commission(12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Blatt Room 305. Agenda)
•Joint Other Funds Oversight Committee
-- Requests for Interim Adjustments from the Commission on Higher Education for the SmartState program and State Auditor's Office for medicaid audits and court fines.(10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Gressette Room 308. Agenda)
•Special Senate Subcommittee to Review the Investment of State Retirement Funds
-- Presentations by Suzanne Bernard, a partner with Hewitt EnnisKnupp and Hershel Harper, chief investment officer with the Retirement System Investment Commission (2 p.m. Wednesday, Gressette Room 209.Agenda
Budget and Control Board meets
The agenda for the meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Brown Building, Room 252, includes:
• Three-year pilot program to pay sales incentives to S.C. Department of Commerce industry recruiters that does not exceed 10 percent of their salary. The pool is expected to range from $40,000-$60,000 this year.
• $13.3 million in bonds for the University of South Carolina to renovate the former health science building for the new home for the communications school.
• Secretary of State Mark Hammond spending not more than $30,000 on public-service ads for warnings on charity and telemarketing fraud. The money will come from fees and fines collected by his agency.
State Board of Education public hearing
Update from the state's Public Charter School District and public comments on several proposed amendments to education regulations, including a new proposed rules for the Palmetto Unified School District, which provides educational services to inmates. The state Board of Education currently has no regulation setting for expectations for that district, according to the proposal. (1 p.m. Wednesday, Rutledge Conference Center, 1429 Senate St. Agenda)
Gov. Nikki Haley's Monday schedule
• 3 p.m. (originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m.), Attend the University of South Carolina 33rd Annual Economic Outlook Conference
• 5:30-7:30 p.m., The First Family will host the Governor's Mansion Christmas Open House
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