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Sponsors: Reps. Huggins, J.E. Smith, McKnight, Jefferson, Hosey, Atwater, Toole, Burns, Herbkersman, Ridgeway, Simrill, Kennedy, Ballentine and Henegan
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Introduced in the House on March 17, 2015
Introduced in the Senate on March 16, 2016
Last Amended on May 11, 2016
Passed by the General Assembly on May 18, 2016
Governor's Action: May 26, 2016, Signed
Summary: SC Founding Principles Act
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3/17/2015 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 29) 3/17/2015 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 29) 3/19/2015 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Kennedy 3/24/2015 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Ballentine 3/10/2016 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 3) 3/14/2016 Scrivener's error corrected 3/15/2016 House Amended (House Journal-page 29) 3/15/2016 House Read second time (House Journal-page 29) 3/15/2016 House Roll call Yeas-99 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 30) 3/16/2016 House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 8) 3/16/2016 Scrivener's error corrected 3/16/2016 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 6) 3/16/2016 Senate Referred to Committee on Education (Senate Journal-page 6) 4/14/2016 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education (Senate Journal-page 8) 5/11/2016 Senate Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 29) 5/11/2016 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 29) 5/11/2016 Senate Roll call Ayes-42 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 29) 5/12/2016 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments (Senate Journal-page 11) 5/18/2016 House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled (House Journal-page 74) 5/18/2016 House Roll call Yeas-112 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 74) 5/24/2016 Ratified R 199 5/26/2016 Signed By Governor
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NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA FOUNDING PRINCIPLES ACT" BY ADDING SECTION 59-29-155 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND EDUCATION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE SHALL INCORPORATE INSTRUCTION ON CERTAIN FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED STATES INTO REQUIRED STUDIES OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS, TO SPECIFY CERTAIN MINIMUM CONTENT REQUIREMENTS, TO PROVIDE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BIENNIALLY SHALL REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS ACT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT SHALL OFFER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES REGARDING FOUNDING PRINCIPLES INSTRUCTION TO TEACHERS.
Whereas, the United States of America is currently celebrating the 239th year of its independence and the 228th year of its people living free under the United States Constitution, the greatest governing principles ever written; and
Whereas, it is the obligation and responsibility of every United States citizen to understand the importance of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and other documents that set forth and explain the principles of federalism, a governing system whereby the states and the federal government share responsibility for governing, and understand the rights of the people to private property, due process, and other inalienable rights; and
Whereas, the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "[t]he powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the State respectively, or to the people"; and
Whereas, the preservation of our great nation depends on strict adherence to the Tenth Amendment and other principles that protect the states and the people from overzealous acts of all branches of the federal government; and
Whereas, many preeminent legal scholars and jurists, including Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, have observed that "Congress will nibble away at state sovereignty, bit by bit, until someday essentially nothing is left but a gutted shell"; and
Whereas, understanding the proper role and the limitations of government have been a recurring issue for our courts throughout the history of our nation; and
Whereas, every state has constitutional requirements for the education of the children of the state; and
Whereas, many states recognize the importance of complying with its constitutional mandate of education by enacting laws that require graduating students to have a working knowledge of this country's Founding Principles; and
Whereas, as stated by Patrick Henry, "No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people [but] by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles"; and
Whereas, educating our children on the Founding Principles of our nation is crucial to the continuance of our free Republic. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. This act is known and may be cited as the "South Carolina Founding Principles Act".
Founding principles instruction required, reporting requirements, professional development
SECTION 2. Article 1, Chapter 29, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-29-155. (A) The State Board of Education and Education Oversight Committee shall incorporate instruction on the founding principles that shaped the United States into the required study of the United States Constitution as provided in Section 59-29-120, and the South Carolina Social Studies Standards upon the next cyclical review. The board and committee shall include, at a minimum, the Federalist Papers and instruction on the structure of government and the role of the separation of powers and the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution.
(B) The State Department of Education biennially shall submit a report by October fifteenth of each odd-numbered year, commencing in 2017, to the Senate Education Committee and the House Education and Public Works Committee documenting the implementation of this section.
(C) The State Department of Education shall make available professional development opportunities to teachers regarding subsection (A) by physical or electronic means."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 24th day of May, 2016.
President of the Senate
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Approved the ____________ day of _____________________2016.
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