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Grooms files CofC-MUSC merger bill in SC Senate

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) – State Sen. Larry Grooms has filed a companion bill in the Senate calling for the merger of College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina.

Grooms said he filed the bill Tuesday.

Grooms said he planned all along to file a companion bill along with the House bill filed by Reps. Leon Stavrinakis and Jim Merrill, but the winter storm delayed his plans. Tuesday was his first opportunity to file the bill.

He went on to say that companion bills are typical and the bills have to have hearings in both housings. He said the only different between his bill and the Stavrinakis bill is that his would just be called Charleston University.

The bill was assigned Tuesday afternoon to be heard in the Senate Education Committee, and now a subcommittee will begin studying the bill.

Meanwhile, the MUSC Board of Trustees voted unanimously last week to reject the proposed merger. And on Tuesday night, CofC's faculty senate called for the merger to fail.

Instead, both bodies called for a different sort of collaboration between the schools that would accomplish the goals outlined in Stavrinakis' bill.

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