SC S0038 | 2021-2022 | 124th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 10-0)
Status: Passed on April 30 2021 - 100% progression
Action: 2021-04-30 - Act No. 26
Text: Latest bill text (Amended) [HTML]


Amend The Code Of Laws Of South Carolina, 1976, So As To Enact The "reinforcing College Education On America's Constitutional Heritage Act" Or The "reach Act"; To Amend Section 59-29-120, Relating To The Study Of The United States Constitution Required For Graduation, So As To Provide Public High Schools Shall Provide Instruction Concerning The United States Constitution, The Declaration Of Independence, The Emancipation Proclamation, And The Federalist Papers To Each Student For At Least One Year; To Amend Section 59-29-130, Relating To The Duration Of Instruction In The Essentials Of The United States Constitution, So As To Provide Public Institutions Of Higher Learning Shall Require Students To Complete At Least Three Credit Hours Of Instruction That Provides A Comprehensive Overview Of The Major Events And Turning Points Of American History And Government, To Include Specific Requirements For Such Instruction, To Provide Public Institutions Of Higher Learning May Not Grant Certificates Of Graduation For Baccalaureate Degree Programs To Students Who Fail To Successfully Complete This Instruction Requirement, To Provide Exemptions, To Provide Related Implementation Requirements Of The Governing Boards Of Public Institutions Of Higher Learning, To Provide Related Oversight And Compliance Reporting Requirements Of The Commission Of Higher Education, And To Specify The Students To Which These Provisions Apply; To Repeal Section 59-29-140 Relating To The Enforcement Of The Program Of Study Of The United States Constitution By The State Superintendent Of Education; And To Make The Provisions Of This Act Effective Beginning With The 2021-2022 School Year. - Ratified Title

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Reinforcing College Education on America's Constitutional Heritage Act (REACH Act)


Roll Calls

2021-04-22 - Senate - Senate: To Concur (Y: 41 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2021-04-15 - House - House: Passage Of Bill (Y: 91 N: 12 NV: 11 Abs: 10) [PASS]
2021-03-02 - Senate - Senate: 2nd Reading (Y: 45 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2021-04-30 Act No. 26
2021-04-30 Effective date See Act for Effective Date
2021-04-28 Signed By Governor
2021-04-28 Ratified R 38
2021-04-22SenateRoll call Ayes-41 Nays-0
2021-04-22SenateConcurred in House amendment and enrolled
2021-04-20HouseRead third time and returned to Senate with amendments
2021-04-15HouseRoll call Yeas-91 Nays-12
2021-04-15HouseRead second time
2021-04-14HouseDebate adjourned until Thur., 4-15-21
2021-04-13HouseDebate adjourned until Wed., 4-14-21
2021-04-07HouseCommittee report: Favorable Education and Public Works
2021-03-04HouseReferred to Committee on Education and Public Works
2021-03-04HouseIntroduced and read first time
2021-03-03SenateRead third time and sent to House
2021-03-02SenateRoll call Ayes-45 Nays-0
2021-03-02SenateRead second time
2021-03-02SenateCommittee Amendment Adopted
2021-02-25 Scrivener's error corrected
2021-02-24SenateCommittee report: Favorable with amendment Education
2021-01-12SenateReferred to Committee on Education
2021-01-12SenateIntroduced and read first time
2020-12-09SenateReferred to Committee on Education

Same As/Similar To

H3338 (Similar To) 2021-04-29 - Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Magnuson

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
5929120(n/a)See Bill Text
5929130(n/a)See Bill Text
5929140(n/a)See Bill Text

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