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Sponsors: Reps. McDaniel, S. Williams, Moore, Brawley and Gilliard
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Introduced in the House on January 8, 2019
Introduced in the Senate on January 24, 2019
Adopted by the General Assembly on May 7, 2019
Summary: Schools and school districts; should utilize the education rate program of the Federal Communications Commission (E-Rate)
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/18/2018 House Prefiled 12/18/2018 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works 1/8/2019 House Introduced (House Journal-page 52) 1/8/2019 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 52) 1/17/2019 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Moore, Brawley 1/22/2019 House Recalled from Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 41) 1/23/2019 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Gilliard 1/23/2019 House Adopted, sent to Senate (House Journal-page 21) 1/24/2019 Senate Introduced (Senate Journal-page 18) 1/24/2019 Senate Referred to Committee on Education (Senate Journal-page 18) 5/2/2019 Senate Recalled from Committee on Education (Senate Journal-page 5) 5/7/2019 Senate Adopted, returned to House with concurrence (Senate Journal-page 177)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
May 2, 2019
Introduced by Reps. McDaniel, S. Williams, Moore, Brawley and Gilliard
S. Printed 5/2/19--S.
Read the first time January 24, 2019.
TO EXPRESS THE BELIEF OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT THE SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF THIS STATE SHOULD UTILIZE THE EDUCATION RATE PROGRAM OF THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (E-RATE) ESTABLISHED BY THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1996 WHICH PROVIDES DISCOUNTS ON INTERNET ACCESS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES FOR SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITH HIGHER POVERTY LEVELS IN THEIR STUDENT POPULATION THAT WOULD BE OF GREAT BENEFIT TO THESE STUDENTS.
Whereas, the Education Rate program, more commonly known as E-Rate, was established by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and began monetary distribution in 1998; and
Whereas, E-Rate is overseen by the Federal Communications Commission and is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administration Company; and
Whereas, The E-Rate program was established to aid schools and libraries in obtaining affordable telecommunication and internet services by offering discounts on these services; and
Whereas, funding may be requested in two separate categories of service: category 1, telecommunications and internet access and category 2, internet connections and basic maintenance of internal connections; and
Whereas, the discount percentage for the applicant is based on poverty and location of the population served by the school or library; and
Whereas, the E-Rate program, if utilized by our schools and school districts, would be a great benefit to the student population of South Carolina. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly express their belief that the schools and school districts of this State should utilize the Education Rate Program of the Federal Communications Commission (E-Rate) established by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which provides discounts on internet access and telecommunications services for schools and school districts with higher poverty levels in their student population that would be of great benefit to these students.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the South Carolina School Boards Association for Dissemination for its members.
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