S.C. senators and representatives can prefile bills Tuesday for the 2014 session that starts Jan. 14.
Eyes will be on Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Kershaw Democrat running for governor against Republican incumbent Nikki Haley.
Sheheen already said he plans to introduce a universal 4K program to go atop the pilot program started in some of the state's poorest school districts.
Also look to see what Haley allies -- including GOP Sens. Katrina Shealy of Lexington and Larry Martin of Pickens -- sponsor. The governor has promised to push her long-awaited education reform plans next year.
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The bills are expected to get posted in the late afternoon.
Budget and Control Board meets Tuesday
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.
Retirement System Investment Commission
The Retirement System Investment Commission compensation committee meets at 11 a.m. today to elect a chairman.(1201 Main St., Suite 1510.Agenda
State House meetings
(Note that meeting days, times and agendas are subject to change):
No meetings are scheduled for Tuesday.
Four meetings are scheduled for Wednesday.
•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)
•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)
•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)
•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)
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 Tuesday schedule
• Budget and Control Board meeting at 10 a.m.
• Attorney General Alan Wilson is reviewing a State Law Enforcement Division report into allegations that S.C. House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, may have violated ethics laws.Full story
• The S.C. Education Oversight Committee wants state lawmakers to spend $30 million next year on technology to improve wireless access in school buildings across the state.Full story
• South Carolina’s economic picture will continue to improve in 2014 – with more jobs and increased incomes – but it may not feel that way to everybody, economists said. Gov. Nikki Haley spoke at the conference.Full story
• The Tin Roof, a Vista restaurant and nightclub located across Assembly Street from the State House, is making plans to renovate a warehouse into a concert hall and beer garden in a partnership with The Music Farm, a Charleston concert hall and event management company.Full story
• Former S.C. first lady Jenny Sanford was selected to be state Sen. Chip Campsen's designee appointee on Charleston County's Aviation Authority.Full story
• A committee will discuss foreign shipments of uranium potentially coming to the Savannah River Site. The highly enriched uranium – or HEU – would come from Canada and Germany as part of separate, international agreements.Full story
Best of The Buzz
• State Rep. Andy Patrick told The Buzz on Monday that he's "exploring the idea" of running for state Superintendent of Education.Full story
• Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who will get a visit from S.C. pastors later this week, led a pool of 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls among Palmetto State Republican voters, according to new poll. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham enjoys a comfortable lead over his 2014 opponents the same poll found.Full story
• U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will enroll in the Affordable Care Act's health care exchange, foregoing a taxpayer subsidy available to members of Congress.Full story
Former S.C. Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer is not ruling out a third-party run for governor next year. Full story
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