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Session 119 (2011-2012) 

H 4610Next General Bill, By Merrill, Bingham, Quinn, Sellers, Clemmons, Herbkersman, 
G.R. Smith, Atwater, Erickson, Skelton, Daning, Crosby, Bedingfield, Southard, 
J.R. Smith, Crawford, Patrick, Ryan, Huggins, Limehouse, Bannister, Barfield, 
Battle, Edge, Harrison, Henderson, Hixon, Lowe, Nanney, Simrill, G.M. Smith, 
Stavrinakis, Stringer, Taylor, Willis and Young
 A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 68
 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL BUS PRIVATIZATION ACT OF
 2012", INCLUDING PROVISIONS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA SHALL
 NOT OWN, PURCHASE, OR ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL SCHOOL BUSES ON OR AFTER JULY 1,
 2015, AND ITS PRESENT FLEET OF SCHOOL BUSES SOLD OR DISPOSED OF ON A PHASED-IN
 BASIS BEGINNING IN 2012, TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING WITH THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL
 YEAR, SCHOOL DISTRICTS ON A PHASED-IN BASIS INDIVIDUALLY OR TOGETHER WITH
 OTHER DISTRICTS SHALL PROVIDE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES OR BY CONTRACT
 MAY ENGAGE A PRIVATE ENTITY TO PROVIDE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WITH THE
 PRIVATE ENTITY PROVIDING ALL SCHOOL BUSES, PERSONNEL TO OPERATE, AND AUXILIARY
 SERVICES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR TERMS, CONDITIONS, PROCEDURES, AND REQUIREMENTS
 APPLICABLE TO THE PROVISION OF THESE SERVICES, TO PROVIDE THAT STATE SCHOOL
 BUS MAINTENANCE FACILITIES, ON A PHASED-IN BASIS BEGINNING IN 2012, SHALL BE
 LEASED OR SOLD TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR PRIVATE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS
 OR IN THE ABSENCE OF A SALE OR LEASE CLOSED, TO ESTABLISH A "SCHOOL
 TRANSPORTATION REIMBURSEMENT FUND" CONSISTING OF SPECIFIED FUNDS WHICH MUST BE
 USED TO REIMBURSE SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR THE COST OF SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION
 SERVICES ON A FORMULA BASIS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE LIABILITY INSURANCE
 REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO PRIVATE ENTITIES PROVIDING SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION
 SERVICES AND FOR SCHOOL BUS, DRIVER, PASSENGER, AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS IN
 REGARD TO THESE SERVICES; TO AMEND SECTION 59-67-460, RELATING TO CONTRACTS BY
 SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WITH PRIVATE CONTRACTORS, SO AS
 TO PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR A GROUP OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS IS AUTHORIZED
 BY CONTRACT TO HAVE THEIR SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES PROVIDED BY A PRIVATE
 ENTITY WHICH FURNISHES ITS OWN BUSES, PERSONNEL, AND AUXILIARY SERVICES PRIOR
 TO THE REQUIRED IMPLEMENTATION DATE OF THE DISTRICT'S ASSUMPTION OF
 RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT AS
 REQUIRED BY CHAPTER 68, TITLE 59; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 59-67-460 EFFECTIVE ON
 JULY 1, 2015, WHEN THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION
 SERVICES IS TRANSFERRED FULLY TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF THIS STATE.

   01/17/12  House  Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 8)
   01/17/12  House  Referred to Committee on Ways and Means
                     (House Journal-page 8)
   01/18/12  House  Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Young
   04/19/12  House  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Ways
                     and Means (House Journal-page 6)
   04/24/12         Scrivener's error corrected
   04/25/12  House  Member(s) request name removed as sponsor: Murphy
   04/26/12  House  Member(s) request name removed as sponsor:
                     Brannon, Horne
   04/26/12  House  Requests for debate-Rep(s). Merrill, Murphy,
                     White, Stavrinakis, Sandifer, Whitmire,
                     Bedingfield, Weeks, King, Williams, Knight,
                     Bales, Herbkersman, Brantley, Ott, Brannon,
                     Pitts, Willis, Spires, Frye, Munnerlyn
                     (House Journal-page 56)
   04/26/12  House  Amended (House Journal-page 94)
   04/26/12  House  Read second time (House Journal-page 94)
   04/26/12  House  Roll call Yeas-103  Nays-2 (House Journal-page 106)
   04/27/12         Scrivener's error corrected
   05/01/12  House  Read third time and sent to Senate
                     (House Journal-page 70)
   05/02/12  Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 10)
   05/02/12  Senate Referred to Committee on Education
                     (Senate Journal-page 10)





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AMENDED

April 26, 2012

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Introduced by Reps. Merrill, Bingham, Quinn, Sellers, Clemmons, Herbkersman, G.R. Smith, Atwater, Erickson, Skelton, Daning, Crosby, Bedingfield, Southard, J.R. Smith, Crawford, Patrick, Ryan, Huggins, Limehouse, Bannister, Barfield, Battle, Edge, Harrison, Henderson, Hixon, Lowe, Nanney, Simrill, G.M. Smith, Stavrinakis, Stringer, Taylor, Willis and Young

S. Printed 4/26/12--H.    [SEC 4/27/12 2:03 PM]

Read the first time January 17, 2012.

            

STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT

ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT ON GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES:

See Below

ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT ON FEDERAL & OTHER FUND EXPENDITURES:

$0 (No additional expenditures or savings are expected)

EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:

The Governor's Office, Senate, and the House of Representatives

The Legislature and Governor's Office indicates there will be an additional cost for the proposed bill. The committee will consist of 11 non-legislators. The cost per non-legislator per one-day meeting is $190. The total cost will be $2,090 per one-day meeting from approved accounts of the appointing authority.

South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)

The SCDE indicates this bill will have no impact on agency expenditures.

Approved By:

Brenda Hart

Office of State Budget

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 68 TO TITLE 59 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL BUS PRIVATIZATION ACT OF 2012", INCLUDING PROVISIONS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA SHALL NOT OWN, PURCHASE, OR ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL SCHOOL BUSES ON OR AFTER JULY 1, 2015, AND ITS PRESENT FLEET OF SCHOOL BUSES SOLD OR DISPOSED OF ON A PHASED-IN BASIS BEGINNING IN 2012, TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING WITH THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR, SCHOOL DISTRICTS ON A PHASED-IN BASIS INDIVIDUALLY OR TOGETHER WITH OTHER DISTRICTS SHALL PROVIDE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES OR BY CONTRACT MAY ENGAGE A PRIVATE ENTITY TO PROVIDE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WITH THE PRIVATE ENTITY PROVIDING ALL SCHOOL BUSES, PERSONNEL TO OPERATE, AND AUXILIARY SERVICES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR TERMS, CONDITIONS, PROCEDURES, AND REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO THE PROVISION OF THESE SERVICES, TO PROVIDE THAT STATE SCHOOL BUS MAINTENANCE FACILITIES, ON A PHASED-IN BASIS BEGINNING IN 2012, SHALL BE LEASED OR SOLD TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR PRIVATE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS OR IN THE ABSENCE OF A SALE OR LEASE CLOSED, TO ESTABLISH A "SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION REIMBURSEMENT FUND" CONSISTING OF SPECIFIED FUNDS WHICH MUST BE USED TO REIMBURSE SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR THE COST OF SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES ON A FORMULA BASIS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE LIABILITY INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO PRIVATE ENTITIES PROVIDING SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AND FOR SCHOOL BUS, DRIVER, PASSENGER, AND EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS IN REGARD TO THESE SERVICES; TO AMEND SECTION 59-67-460, RELATING TO CONTRACTS BY SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WITH PRIVATE CONTRACTORS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR A GROUP OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS IS AUTHORIZED BY CONTRACT TO HAVE THEIR SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES PROVIDED BY A PRIVATE ENTITY WHICH FURNISHES ITS OWN BUSES, PERSONNEL, AND AUXILIARY SERVICES PRIOR TO THE REQUIRED IMPLEMENTATION DATE OF THE DISTRICT'S ASSUMPTION OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT AS REQUIRED BY CHAPTER 68, TITLE 59; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 59-67-460 EFFECTIVE ON JULY 1, 2015, WHEN THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IS TRANSFERRED FULLY TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF THIS STATE.

Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    (A)    A committee of eleven members is hereby created to study the decentralization of the provision of school transportation services in this State either by the public sector, private sector, or combination of both. The study of the committee shall include, but is not limited to, the most cost-effective, efficient, and safe way to provide school transportation services to students in grades K-12 utilizing to the best extent possible available state and local resources and funding. The committee shall consist of eleven members, four members to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom must be a school finance officer, four members to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, one of whom must be a school finance officer, and three members to be appointed by the Governor. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner of original appointment. The members at their first meeting shall elect a chairman, vice-chairman, and such other officers as they deem necessary. The committee shall meet upon the call of the chairman or a majority of its members.

(B)    The members of the committee shall receive such mileage, subsistence, and per diem in the performance of their duties as is provided by law to members of state boards, commissions, and committees to be paid from the approved accounts of the member's appointing authority. The staff of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Governor's Office shall supply such assistance as may be needed by the committee in the performance of its duties. The committee shall render its report to each house of the General Assembly and the Governor no later than January 1, 2013, at which time the committee shall be abolished.

SECTION    2.    Chapter 67, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-67-25.    A school district may not require or charge a fee to a parent or guardian of a child for access to school bus transportation to and from school."

SECTION    3.    This act takes effect upon the approval by the Governor.

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