I very much appreciate the support you have shown me during my first term in office. I worked extremely hard to live up to the promises made on the campaign trail. Now that session is over, I look forward to spending more time with my family,practicing law, and increasing my visibility at events and meetings in the district as that often times conflicted with the Senate schedule. I have included a brief summary of significant legislationpassed and signed into law duringthe last few months of session.
AT THE STATE HOUSE
THE ADMINISTRATION OF GOVERNMENT
Act 162, R174, S.764-Vulnerable Adult Guardian Ad Litem Program
This legislation creates the vulnerable adult guardian ad litem program in the office on aging within the Lieutenant Governor’s Office to serve as a statewide system to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to serve as court appointed guardians ad litem for vulnerable adults in abuse, neglect, and exploitation proceedings within family court.
R317, H3102-Jaidon’s Law
This legislation revises the manner in which the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the courts address the removal of children from the custody of their parents or guardians to provide enhanced authority for removing children from abusive and dangerous homes. The legislation requires the Legislative Audit Council to conduct a management performance audit of a program of the South Carolina Department of Social Services every three years.
COURTS/CRIMINAL JUSTICE/LAW ENFORCEMENT
Act 158, R166, S137-Emma’s Law
The legislation enacts provisions, designated as “Emma’s Law”, to combat drunk driving through a more expansive use of ignition interlock devices installed on the vehicles of DUI offenders that are designed to prevent a vehicle from being started and operated by someone who has consumed alcohol. Also, the legislation revises current requirements for ignition interlock devices to be installed on the vehicles of repeat DUI offenders and establishes a new requirement for installing an ignition interlock device on the vehicle of someone convicted of a first offense DUI violation who had a breath test that registered an alcohol concentration of 0.15 or higher.
R270, S459-Texting While Driving
The legislation provides that it is unlawful for a person to use a wireless electronic communication device to compose, send, or read a text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle on the public streets and highways of this state. This prohibition does not apply to someone who is: (1) lawfully parked or stopped; (2) using a hands-free wireless electronic communication device; (3) summoning emergency assistance; (4) transmitting or receiving data as part of a digital dispatch system; (5) a public safety official while in the performance of their official duties; or (6) using a global positioning system device or an internal global positioning system feature or function of a wireless electronic communication device for the purpose of navigation or obtaining related traffic and road condition information.
Act 155, R170, H3919-Exit Exam Requirement To Graduate High School
This legislation provides for the elimination of the high school exit exam as a requirement for graduation and establishes college and career readiness assessments. The legislation discontinues the administration of the Highs School Assessment Program (HSAP) tests and eliminates the provisions that require a public high school student to pass these exit examinations in order to graduate and be awarded a high school diploma. The legislation establishes a window of opportunity, through 2015, during which time those who previously failed to receive a high school diploma or were denied graduation solely for failing to pass the high school exit exams may petition their local school boards to receive a high school diploma.
Act 200, R252, H3893-Adoption of Statewide Education Standards & Assessments
The legislation addresses issues relating to national Common Core academic standards that have become with federal programs and waivers offered through the U.S. Department of Education. This legislation makes revisions relating to the process for adopting education standards and assessments to as to require approval from the General Assembly if a standard is developed by an entity other than the State Department of Education.
R313, S516-Read To Succeed
The legislation establishes a comprehensive K-12 initiative for promoting reading proficiency in the state’s public schools with an emphasis on early intervention to assist students who are not demonstrating an ability to read at grade level. The legislation creates a South Carolina Read to Succeed Office within the State Department of Education to coordinate the initiative, requires implementation of comprehensive reading proficiency plans for prekindergarten through twelfth grade, requires school districts to engage the families of students as partners in promoting reading and writing habits and skills, and encourages districts to create family-school-community partnerships that focus on increasing the volume of reading. Early grade students who are not demonstrating proficiency in reading must be provided intensive in-class and supplemental reading intervention. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a student must be retained in the third grade if the student fails substantially to demonstrate grade-level reading proficiency.
Act 216, R223, S839 – Industrial Hemp
This legislation provides authorization for industrial hemp to be grown in South Carolina. The legislation distinguishes hemp grown for scientific, economic, and environmental uses from the narcotic marijuana, a genetically different cultivar of the same plant species, and provides authorization for cultivating industrial hemp in this State to be used for any lawful purpose. Industrial hemp is excluded from the state’s statutory definition of marijuana. Criminal penalties are established to address the cultivation of industrial hemp as a means of disguising marijuana production or distribution operations. A violation is a misdemeanor that carries a term of imprisonment for up to three years and/or a fine of up to three thousand dollars.
Act 210, R264, H4922 – Veterans
This legislation relates to hiring preferences for veterans. The legislation provides that it is not an unlawful employment practice for a private employer to give preference in employment to a veteran. This preference is also extended to the veteran’s spouse if the veteran has a service-connected permanent and total disability. The legislation provides that these hiring preferences are not violations of the South Carolina Human Affairs Law provisions that address discriminatory employment practices.
SEN. KIMPSON FIGHTING FOR DISTRICT 42
IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS
|May 23 – During Memorial Day weekend, members of Burke and ICS Class of 1962 gathered in the Holy City to collectively celebrate their 70th birthday. I welcomed the attendees to the City of Charleston and extended best personal wishes to the 56 members of the Class of 1962 for attaining yet another milestone birthday .|
|May 17 – I visited Principal Anthony Dixon at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School. During the visit, I sat in student testing, early childhood classes, a mental health session, drama rehearsal and spent time with the statewide award-winning math team. Mr. Dixon is focused and improving student scores at Sanders-Clyde. Congratulations to the teachers students and faculty and staff for all the hard work.|
|May 17 – I had the pleasure of spending some time at Liberty Hill Academy in North Charleston. I presented the award for Charleston County Teacher of the Year to Ms. Jamie Cunningham, Rookie Principal of the Year to Ms. Sarah Jammae, and Rookie Teacher of the Year to Ms. Elizabeth Gunther. I’m so proud of the work of all the staff and faculty and students of a Liberty Academy!|