Current Status Bill Number:
3055Ratification Number: 418Act Number: 344Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950110Primary Sponsor: KirshAll Sponsors: Kirsh, Simrill, Allison, Baxley, Lloyd, S. WhipperDrafted Document Number: GJK\21173SD.95Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960515Date of Last Amendment: 19960507Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19960529Subject: American Sign Language
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19960606 Act No. A344 ------ 19960529 Signed by Governor ------ 19960523 Ratified R418 House 19960515 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 19960509 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19960507 Amended, read second time, ordered to third reading with notice of general amendments Senate 19960423 Committee report: Favorable with 04 SED amendment Senate 19950207 Introduced, read first time, 04 SED referred to Committee House 19950203 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19950202 Unanimous consent for third reading on the next Legislative day House 19950202 Amended, read second time House 19950201 Committee report: Favorable with 21 HEPW amendment House 19950110 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to Committee House 19941214 Prefiled, referred to Committee 21 HEPWView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A344, R418, H3055)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-17-120 SO AS TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO GRANT CREDIT AS AN ELECTIVE FOR A COURSE IN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SHALL ESTABLISH CERTAIN GUIDELINES IN REGARD TO THIS COURSE, AND SHALL ALSO ESTABLISH A TASK FORCE FOR THIS PURPOSE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
American Sign Language course
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-17-120. (A) The board of trustees of a school district may grant credit as an elective to a pupil who satisfactorily has completed a high school course in American Sign Language.
(B) The State Board of Education shall establish guidelines on the qualifications needed for those teaching an American Sign Language course and on a recommended course of study to be followed.
(C) The State Board of Education shall establish a task force to assist in the development of the guidelines pursuant to this section. The task force shall consist of nine members as follows:
(1) The President of the South Carolina Association of the Deaf, or his designee;
(2) A parent of a deaf child in a mainstreamed program;
(3) A parent of a deaf child in a residential program who is currently enrolled at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind;
(4) A representative from the foreign language department of a college or university in South Carolina;
(5) The Director of the Interpreter Training Program of Spartanburg Technical College, or his designee;
(6) A representative from the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind;
(7) Two instructors of American Sign Language, one of whom must be deaf;
(8) A representative from the State Department of Education.
The task force shall be established within three months of the effective date of this act and shall terminate upon completion of the guidelines. The State Department of Education shall provide the necessary administrative and research support for the task force. Members of the task force shall serve without compensation."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 29th day of May, 1996.