Current Status Bill Number:
1245Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19960313Primary Sponsor: DrummondAll Sponsors: Drummond, Leventis, Peeler, Patterson and WashingtonDrafted Document Number: jic\5369ac.96Companion Bill Number: 4737Residing Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Finance Committee 06 SFSubject: Information technology equipment and services
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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 1-11-425 SO AS TO REQUIRE APPROVAL BY THE STATE BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD FOR REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES, TO PROVIDE CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL, AND TO ESTABLISH THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COUNCIL TO ASSIST THE BOARD; TO ADD SECTION 59-7-70 SO AS TO REQUIRE THE TRANSFER OF TRANSMISSION AND RECEPTION EQUIPMENT PURCHASED BY SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION FOR SCHOOLS TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS; TO ADD SECTION 59-7-80 SO AS TO PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS THAT THE SOUTH CAROLINA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION COMMISSION MUST SATISFY TO COMPLY WITH SUNSET REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-7-10, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE SCETV COMMISSION, SO AS TO FURTHER DELINEATE CRITERIA FOR MEMBERS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 59-7-20, RELATING TO ADVISORY COMMITTEES OF THE SCETV COMMISSION, SO AS TO REVISE THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE STRUCTURE, TO DIRECT THE SCETV COMMISSION, WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, TO CONDUCT A STUDY TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF INSTRUCTIONAL TELEVISION, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE SCETV COMMISSION IS REAUTHORIZED UNDER SECTION 1-20-60.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 1-11-425. The State Budget and Control Board shall approve all requests for information technology equipment and services for state government as defined by the State Procurement Code with exemptions as defined by the board through regulation. In considering requests, the board shall ensure that requests are justified, that duplication among state agencies does not exist, that systems procured provide the most efficient means for providing services and are cost-effective, and that new technologies are compatible with existing technology to the greatest extent practicable. To assist the board, an Information Technology Advisory Council is created. The membership shall include a representative from the Office of Information Resources, the Office of Research and Statistics, the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, the State Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education, institutions of higher education, and other entities the board considers appropriate."
SECTION 2. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 59-7-70. Ownership of transmission and reception equipment purchased in the past or in the future on behalf of schools by South Carolina Educational Television, as directed by the General Assembly, must be transferred to the school districts. In return, the school districts shall establish and maintain a separate account for these items. All items valued at one hundred dollars or more are subject to audit during the districts' annual audits. Annually, the districts shall report on their respective inventories to the SCETV Commission.
Section 59-7-80. The South Carolina Educational Television Commission shall:
(1) develop and implement a plan to increase revenue generated at each of the regional stations. A report of the regional stations' progress must be submitted to the State Reorganization Commission, Senate Finance Committee, and House Ways and Means Committee no later than January 1, 1998;
(2) annually develop a written plan to maximize the return on its investment in the Satellite Educational Resources Consortium. The plan shall include objective criteria that establish, for each course produced, a threshold level for cost recovery, below which point course production will be discontinued. The plan must be submitted to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee;
(3) in conjunction with the State Department of Education, formulate and implement a marketing plan to increase awareness of the Satellite Educational Resources Consortium programs. A copy of the completed plan must be forwarded to the State Reorganization Commission upon its completion. A progress report must be submitted to the State Reorganization Commission, Senate Finance Committee, and House Ways and Means Committee no later than January 1, 1998;
(4) amend the enrollment policy of its daycare facility to open enrollment to the general public and, no later than August 1, 1996, secure a private contractor for the operation of its daycare facility in accordance with the National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation standards. If a contractor cannot be secured, SCETV shall establish, in August of each year, tuition rates that, at a minimum, are comparable to those charged by private daycare facilities in the local community. SCETV shall submit a report to the State Reorganization Commission, Senate Finance Committee, and House Ways and Means Committee by March 1, 1997, that includes the actions taken and their effects on its daycare facility revenues and enrollment, a detailed expenditure report for daycare facility operations in calendar year 1996, and an operational budget for daycare facility operations in calendar year 1997."
SECTION 3. Section 59-7-10 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Section 6 of Act 248 of 1991, is further amended to read:
"Section 59-7-10. There is hereby created the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, which shall be composed of the Superintendent of Education, who shall be a member of the Commission, serves ex officio, and in addition the Commission shall be composed of seven members to be appointed by the Governor as follows:. One member shall must be appointed from each of the six congressional districts, and one member shall must be appointed from the State at large, who shall must be named by the Governor as chairman of the Commission. The term of the member who serves ex officio shall be coterminous with the term of the office to which he was elected, and Of the members appointed, one must have experience in public education, one must have experience in higher education, and one must have experience in broadcasting. In making the appointments, race, gender, and other demographic factors must be considered to ensure nondiscrimination, inclusion, and representation, to the greatest extent possible, of all segments of the population of the State. The terms of the members appointed by the Governor shall be are for six years, except that of those first appointed two shall serve for terms of two years, two shall serve for terms of four years and three shall serve for terms of six years, after which the terms of all members shall be for six years."
SECTION 4. Section 59-7-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-7-20. The commission shall appoint an advisory committee committees of educators and an advisory committee of technical experts, as it considers necessary to assist in fulfilling its mission, each of which shall consist of such numbers members as the commission may deem considers advisable, and the terms of the members of the committee committees of educators and committee of technical experts shall be are for such length and under such conditions as the commission may decide."
SECTION 5. As vacancies occur on the South Carolina Educational Television Commission, as provided for in Section 59-7-10 of the 1976 Code as amended by Section 3 of this act, members who satisfy the requirements added by these amendments must be appointed to fill these vacancies.
SECTION 6. The South Carolina Educational Television Commission, in conjunction with the State Department of Education, shall conduct a joint, comprehensive study to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional television. This study shall include recommendations as to the appropriate placement of instructional television. The study must be submitted to the State Reorganization Commission, Senate Finance Committee, and House Ways and Means Committee no later than January 1, 1997.
SECTION 7. In accordance with Section 1-20-60 of the 1976 Code, the existence of the South Carolina Educational Television Commission is reauthorized.
SECTION 8. Except as otherwise specifically provided, this act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.