South Carolina General Assembly
124th Session, 2021-2022

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H. 3006

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Brawley, Robinson, Cobb-Hunter, Haddon, Henegan, Hosey, J.L. Johnson, Govan, King, Gilliard, Murray, McDaniel, Henderson-Myers and Garvin
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Introduced in the House on January 12, 2021
Introduced in the Senate on May 4, 2021
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Education

Summary: School lunch, debt

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   12/9/2020  House   Prefiled
   12/9/2020  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works
   1/12/2021  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 33)
   1/12/2021  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works 
                        (House Journal-page 33)
   1/14/2021  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Henegan, 
                        J.L.Johnson
   4/22/2021  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Henderson-Myers
   4/22/2021  House   Committee report: Favorable Education and Public Works 
                        (House Journal-page 25)
   4/28/2021  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Govan, King, 
                        Gilliard, Murray, McDaniel
   4/28/2021  House   Debate adjourned (House Journal-page 36)
   4/29/2021  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Garvin
   4/29/2021  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 20)
   4/29/2021  House   Roll call Yeas-108  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 20)
   4/29/2021  House   Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative 
                        day (House Journal-page 22)
   4/30/2021  House   Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 2)
    5/4/2021  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 5)
    5/4/2021  Senate  Referred to Committee on Education 
                        (Senate Journal-page 5)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/9/2020
4/22/2021

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COMMITTEE REPORT

April 22, 2021

H. 3006

Introduced by Reps. Brawley, Robinson, Cobb-Hunter, Haddon, Henegan, Hosey, J.L. Johnson and Henderson-Myers

S. Printed 4/22/21--H.

Read the first time January 12, 2021.

            

THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND PUBLIC WORKS

To whom was referred a Bill (H. 3006) to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Section 59-63-785 so as to provide public schools and public school districts may not use, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:

MERITA A. ALLISON for Committee.

            

STATEMENT OF ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT

Explanation of Fiscal Impact

State Expenditure

This bill prohibits a public school or public school district from using a debt collection service to collect debts on student school lunch or breakfast accounts. Additionally, a public school or public school district may not assess or collect any interest, fees, or other monetary penalties for outstanding debts on student school lunch and breakfast accounts. The provisions of the bill apply to debts on student lunch and breakfast accounts outstanding on the effective date of the bill and incurred after the effective date of the bill.

The Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, and the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School indicate that they do not use debt collection services or assess any interest, fees, or other monetary penalties for outstanding debts on school lunch and breakfast accounts. The School for the Deaf and Blind indicates that the agency does not charge students for meals. We anticipate a similar response from the Governor's School for Agriculture at John da la Howe. Therefore, we do not expect that this bill will have an expenditure impact on the state agency schools.

Local Expenditure

This bill prohibits a public school or public school district from using a debt collection service to collect debts on student school lunch or breakfast accounts. Additionally, a public school or public school district may not assess or collect any interest, fees, or other monetary penalties for outstanding debts on student school lunch and breakfast accounts. The provisions of the bill apply to debts on student lunch and breakfast accounts outstanding on the effective date of the bill and incurred after the effective date of the bill.

SDE indicates that this bill will have an undetermined expenditure impact on local school districts since some districts do use a debt collection agency to collect on student meal accounts. The impact will vary annually by district and will depend upon the amount of delinquent student meal debt.

Frank A. Rainwater, Executive Director

Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-63-785 SO AS TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAY NOT USE DEBT COLLECTION AGENCIES TO COLLECT OR ATTEMPT TO COLLECT OUTSTANDING DEBTS ON STUDENT SCHOOL LUNCH OR BREAKFAST ACCOUNTS, TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAY NOT ASSESS OR COLLECT ANY INTEREST, FEES, OR OTHER SUCH MONETARY PENALTIES FOR OUTSTANDING DEBTS FOR STUDENT SCHOOL LUNCH OR BREAKFAST ACCOUNTS, AND TO PROVIDE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT APPLY TO DEBTS ON STUDENT LUNCH AND BREAKFAST ACCOUNTS OUTSTANDING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ACT AND INCURRED AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ACT.

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

SECTION    1.    Article 7, Chapter 63, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 59-63-785.    (A)    A public school or public school district may not:

(1)    use a debt collection service to collect or attempt to collect, directly or indirectly, debts due or assessed to be owed for outstanding debts on a school lunch or breakfast account of a student; or

(2)    assess or collect any interest, fees, or other such monetary penalties for outstanding debts on student school lunch or breakfast accounts.

(B)    For purposes of this section, 'debt collection agency' means, as used in the South Carolina Consumer Protection Code, any person who collects or attempts to collect, directly or indirectly, debts due or asserted to be owed or due another. The term also includes a creditor who collects or attempts to collect, directly or indirectly, his own debts."

SECTION    2.    The provisions of this act apply to debts on student lunch and breakfast accounts outstanding on the effective date of this act and incurred after the effective date of this act.

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

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