- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The lawmaker leading an education reform bill through the South Carolina Senate says he doesn’t expect the proposal to pass this year.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Greg Hembree gave a briefing on the bill to his colleagues Wednesday.

Hembree says a Senate subcommittee removed several items from the bill passed by the House, including a Student Bill of Rights and a Zero to Twenty Committee that would oversee education.

The Republican says the subcommittee held 15 meetings including four public hearings across the state that helped them trim the massive legislation.

Hembree said he hopes to get the bill out of committee and on the Senate calendar, but does not expect a vote because senators are debating the future of Santee Cooper and other items.

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