COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - South Carolina senators are pre-filing proposals for the legislative session that resumes in January.
Tuesday is the last day for senators to potentially give their ideas a head start for 2014.
House members' last pre-filing deadline was a week ago. Their 82 pre-filed bills include a proposal by Democratic Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter of Orangeburg to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour.
Republican Rep. Jenny Horne of Summerville offered a bill overhauling the way the state funds public schools. Legislators for years have touted the need to revamp the decades-old funding formulas but made no progress. Gov. Nikki Haley has pledged to offer her own plan in January.
Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden introduced a bill to make 4-year-old kindergarten available for all children in the state.
State Senator Katrina Shealy (R-Lexington) pre-filed a bill that
would eliminate the state income tax over a five-year period without increasing any other taxes.
Clarendon's Kevin Johnson filed a bill to make the mammoth the official state fossil.
Charleston's Rep. Chip Limehouse filed a bill suggesting a "Report-a-Bully in School" website for each school district where acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a student at school can be anonymously reported. School districts will be given direction on how to respond to the reports based on guidelines set by the Department of Education.
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