A contentious battle over what should and shouldn’t be labeled anti-Semitic is moving from the S.C. House to the Senate.
This morning, a Senate subcommittee on higher education will hold a hearing on H.3643, a bill that would mandate S.C. colleges and universities that would define anti-Semitism for the purposes of evaluating on-campus conduct.
The bill was attacked by free speech advocates and pro-Palestinian student groups when it was proposed in the House. Opponents argue the intent of the bill is to limit discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on campus by labeling critics of Israel as anti-Semites.
But backers of the bill dismiss those concerns, saying the bill is necessary to counter a rising tide of anti-Jewish acts. The House approved the bill by an overwhelming margin last month, by a vote of 103-3.
Elsewhere at the State House:
▪ (Immediately following adjournment of the Agricultural Subcommittee) Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, Gressette Room 207
▪ 9 a.m. Senate Corrections and Penology Committee, Gressette Room 209
▪ 9 a.m. House Education Subcommittee of the Regulations and Administrative Procedures Subcommittee, Blatt Room 108
▪ 9 a.m. House Healthcare and Regulatory Subcommittee of the Legislative Oversight Committee, Blatt Room 321
▪ 10 a.m. Senate Labor, Commerce and Industry Labor and Employment Subcommittee on H.3927, Gressette Room 407
▪ 10 a.m. Senate Medical Affairs Committee, Gressette Room 308
▪ (At the call of the Chair) House Legislative Ethics Committee, Blatt Room 511
▪ 2 p.m. Legislative Group (Rep. James Smith), Blatt Room 305
Who’s Schmoozing Who:
▪ 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Legislative Breakfast: South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance, Blatt Room 112