Obama Announces New Rule on Equal Pay

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Folks seven years ago, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair act was signed into law. Even though it’s now easier for women to find out if they’re being paid less than a man for doing the same job, the simple truth is that women are still being paid less than men for doing the same job.

You know the statistics: Women overall make 79 cents for every dollar a man ames, 60 cents for African American women, and 55 cents for Latinas.

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(CNN)President Barack Obama made his latest push to advance equal pay for women Friday, proposing a new rule that will require companies to report pay data by gender, race and ethnicity.

President Barack Obama made the official announcement at an event marking the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the first piece of legislation Obama signed as President.

The Lilly Ledbetter Act loosened the statute of limitations under which workers can sue employers for pay discrimination based on characteristics such as gender, race, age or disability.

“While we’ve got a lot to celebrate we knew that our work wasn’t done.” President Obama said at the White House Friday. “We knew we had a lot more to do to close the pay gap between men and women and ensure that no women would ever face the kind of discrimination that Lilly faced on the job.”

The new proposed rule announced Friday — which would apply to companies that have 100 or more employees — will require employers to include salary information on a form already submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that currently includes employees’ sex and age.

“The notion that somehow we would be keeping my daughters.. or any of your daughter’s out of opportunity, not allowing them to thrive in every field … it’s counterproductive,” Obama said. “That’s not how we’re gonna build a bright future for our country.”

The proposed rule expands on a previously published rule by the Department of Labor, which would have applied only to federal contractors.

EEOC Chair Jenny Yang told reporters Thursday that the rule should be completed by 2016, with the first reports due September 2017.

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Senators set Framework for Roads Deal-Optimism is in the Air

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Senator Mc Elveen-“Progress in the SC Senate when it comes to fixing our roads. We moved a restructuring bill from the Senate Transportation Committee to the Senate floor yesterday. While the proposal isn’t perfect, I am particularly pleased that it seems most Senators are interested in taking a more regional approach as it pertains to our Highway Commission – a step away from the current system (which does not work for all areas of the state) and in the right direction.”

Astronaut Ron McNair : A Brilliant Life Cut Short

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Ronald McNair was the second African-American in space. S.C. native died at age 35 in Challenger space shuttle explosion.

 

 

Road Funding Roundabout drags on in Statehouse- Will we ever get there ?

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Gavin Jackson Email Facebook @GavinJacksonPC

 

 

The Law, Technology & Law Enforcement -Can We Find the Balance ?

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Folks S.647 was introduced in the Senate on April 14th, 2015. The Bill currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary, came up for debate. This bill amends section 65-5-50 to provide the offense of hindering a law enforcement officer does not apply to a person who photographs or records a law enforcement officer performing official duties while the officer is in a public place or the person is in a place the person has the right to be. Let’s remember Walter Scott Video and the North Charleston Police Department. The Bill received a favorable report vote of 19-2 and will move on to a 2nd reading.
Session 121 – (2015-2016)
 S. 0647 General Bill, By Malloy, Kimpson, Johnson, Nicholson and Allen
Similar (S 0736)
Summary:
Hindering law enforcement
A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 16-5-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE CRIMINAL
OFFENSE OF HINDERING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT SUCH OFFENSE DOES NOT
APPLY TO A PERSON WHO PHOTOGRAPHS OR RECORDS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER PERFORMING THE
OFFICER’S OFFICIAL DUTIES WHILE THE OFFICER IS IN A PUBLIC PLACE OR THE PERSON IS IN A PLACE THE
PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO BE.
04/14/15
Senate
Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 7)
04/14/15
Senate
Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 7)
04/14/15
Senate
Referred to Subcommittee: Malloy (ch), Hembree, Shealy, Turner, Kimpson

State of City Address Tuesday is Mayor’s Roadmap to Recovery

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Folks we know our Mayors are on the frontline in our communities in our Cities. Mayor Steve has his finger on the City of Columbia’s pulse and serves with excellence. Forty Six Blue will be watching his State of City Address this evening.

JANUARY 24, 2016 8:21 PM

BY CLIF LEBLANC

 

 

Democratic Caucus Progressive Education Agenda

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Folks Representative David Mack (D) has prefiled H. 4483 A Joint Resolution to establish beginning school year 2016-2017 a Six Year Pilot Program in Nine Specific School Districts to Implement and Monitor continuous Primary Modules for use instead of Grades One through Three. Folks Primary Education is  the basic foundation for success in school. The Democratic Caucus continues to be the  leader in high standards in education.

 

H. 4483

STATUS INFORMATION

Joint Resolution

Sponsors: Reps. Mack, Hosey and Robinson‑Simpson

Document Path: l:\council\bills\agm\18818ab16.docx

Introduced in the House on January 12, 2016

Currently residing in the House Committee on Education and Public Works

Summary: Continuous Primary Module Pilot Program

 

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

      Date       Body   Action Description with journal page number           

12/3/2015  House   Prefiled

12/3/2015  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works

1/12/2016  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal‑page 77)

1/12/2016  House   Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal‑page 77)

 

A JOINT RESOLUTION

 

TO ESTABLISH BEGINNING WITH THE 2016‑2017 SCHOOL YEAR A SIX‑YEAR PILOT PROGRAM IN NINE SPECIFIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO IMPLEMENT AND MONITOR CONTINUOUS PRIMARY MODULES FOR USE INSTEAD OF GRADES ONE THROUGH THREE, TO REQUIRE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP A CONTINUOUS PRIMARY MODULE, TO PROVIDE ELEMENTS OF A CONTINUOUS PRIMARY MODULE, TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT SHALL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING STATEWIDE EXPANSION OF THE PROGRAM BASED ON THE OUTCOMES ACHIEVED BY THE SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE PILOT PROGRAM, TO PROVIDE SCHOOLS USING A CONTINUOUS PRIMARY MODULE IN THE PILOT PROGRAM MAY CONTINUE USE OF THE MODULE FOR ONE ACADEMIC YEAR AFTER THE SIX‑YEAR PILOT PERIOD ENDS, TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT MAY MODIFY AND WAIVE PROVISIONS OF THE READ TO SUCCEED ACT TO ACCOMMODATE THE STRUCTURE OF CONTINUOUS PRIMARY MODULES IN SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE PILOT PROGRAM, AND TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CREATE POLICIES TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS JOINT RESOLUTION.

 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

 

SECTION   1. (A)  Effective beginning with the 2016‑2017 school year, the State Department of Education shall establish a six‑year pilot program to be known as the Continuous Primary Module Pilot Program, which must develop, implement, and monitor continuous primary modules for pilot‑testing in the following nine school districts:

(1)   Allendale;

(2)   Charleston;

(3)   Hampton 2;

(4)   Marion;

(5)   Marlboro;

(6)   McCormick;

(7)   Richland 2;

(8)   Saluda; and

(9)   Union.

(B)  A continuous primary module provides an alternate to the traditional first grade, second grade, and third grade model by combining the three grades into one seamless module in which students engage in a three‑year course of study allowing the student to achieve academic benchmarks at their own pace during this three‑year period, culminating in advancement to fourth grade. Although the course of study is designed to be completed in three years, an academically gifted student may complete the program in less time in exceptional circumstances while some students may need additional time to complete the course of study. Typically, a student who meets all prescribed benchmarks before three academic years have lapsed will receive advanced or elective studies designed to broaden and enrich the student’s learning experience while sustaining the level of proficiency required to achieve all prescribed benchmarks, rather than advance to the fourth grade, even if the child meets all prescribed benchmarks in two academic years. A gifted student who completed all benchmarks in two years may advance to the fourth grade and forgo the third year of the three‑year module, but only at the recommendation of the student’s teacher and principal, with consent from the parent or guardian of the child. The maturity level of a child should be considered when determining readiness for fourth grade, notwithstanding academic performance.

(C)  Based on the outcomes achieved by the schools participating in the pilot program, the department shall make recommendations regarding statewide expansion of the program to the General Assembly before January 1, 2022. A school participating in a pilot program at the end of the six‑year period may continue to elect to use the continuous primary module for one academic year following the conclusion of this six‑year pilot program on July 1, 2022.

(D)  The Department of Education may modify provisions of the Read to Succeed Program to accommodate the structure of the continuous primary module in schools participating in this pilot program during the pilot period and for one additional year for schools that elect to continue use of the module for one year after the pilot period ends.

(E)   The State Department of Education shall create policies to implement the provisions of this joint resolution.

 

SECTION   2. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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Car Dealer Bill Over Closing Fees Moves to the SC Senate

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Senator Brad Hutto (D) Orangeburg will file minority report opposing  S. 911
Folks S. 911 was prefiled by Senator Larry Martin (Majority Party). This bill is a hot potato that has been passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee last Tuesday. Senator Brad Hutto (D) Orangeburg County will file a minority report opposing the bill. The bill more than likely will need more than the supermajority of 30 or 31 senators to get to the floor for debate and a vote.
Democrats here’s why you need to be concerned about this bill.  Car dealers all over the state have been hit with class action lawsuits over closing fees they have charged customers. Up until this point the lawsuits have been on hold. The lawsuits allege the fees are illegal and consumers should get a refund.  Although most of the state’s 281 auto dealers charge a closing fee, some charge none at all. Closing fees typically range from $99 to $600 or more. Until the wave of class action lawsuits hit, car dealers believed state law didn’t require them to peg closing fees to specific costs. Forty Six Blue will continue to follow S. 911 and bring you updates.
S 0911 General Bill, By L. Martin, Campsen, Massey, Hayes, Alexander, Bennett, Bright, Bryant, Campbell, Corbin,
Gregory, Hembree, S. Martin, O’Dell, Peeler, Shealy, Turner, Johnson, Grooms, Williams, Davis, Verdin, Fair, Reese,
Nicholson, Cleary and Lourie
Summary:
Closing fees on motor vehicle sales contracts
A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO CLOSING FEES ON MOTOR
VEHICLE SALES CONTRACTS, SO AS TO ESTABLISH A DEFINITION OF A CLOSING FEE THAT A MOTOR VEHICLE
DEALER MAY CHARGE BY AMENDING SECTION 37-2-307 OF THE CODE AND TO PROVIDE AN AFFIRMATIVE
DEFENSE FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE DEALER WHO COMPLIES WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CODE IS IN
COMPLIANCE WITH STATE LAW; RELATING TO THE DEALERS’ ACT TO CLARIFY THE PROCEDURAL PROCESS FOR
BRINGING A CLAIM SO AS TO REPEAL SECTION 56-15-110(2) AND TO AMEND THE PROCEDURAL PROCESS FOR A
PERSON TO BRING A CLAIM IN AN INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY UNDER THE DEALER’S ACT IN SECTION 56-15-110(1); AND
TO CLARIFY THE CURRENT PROCEDURAL PROCESS IN STATE LAW FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE TO BRING ACTION OR
CLAIM FOR DAMAGE AND HARM TO ITS BUSINESS OR PROPERTY BY THE MANUFACTURER, DISTRIBUTOR, OR
OTHER PERSON BY AMENDING SECTION 56-15-30.
12/02/15
Senate
Prefiled
12/02/15
Senate
Referred to Committee on Judiciary
12/03/15
Senate
Referred to Subcommittee: L.Martin (ch), Hutto, Massey
01/13/16
Senate
Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 28)
01/13/16
Senate
Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 28)
01/20/16
Senate
Committee report: Majority favorable, minority unfavorable Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 10)
01/21/16
Scrivener’s error corrected

 

 

The Charleston Airport Greeted 3.4 Million Passengers in 2015

 

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Warren L. Wise Email @warrenlancewise

Gun Reform-14 Day Waiting Period

Folks Representative Beth Bernstein has prefiled H 4388 to support the Democratic Caucus’s Gun Reform Progressive Agenda. Thank you to all who took part in Forty Six Blue & Associates Gun Reform Forum at Brookland Baptist Conference Center last year in September. Our Policy discussion has moved to action……..thanks to Representative Bernstien.

H 4388 General Bill, By Beth Bernstein, M.S. McLeod and Henegan

Summary: Firearms Criminal Background Checks

South Carolinan State House REPRESENTATIVE (4) (2)
A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 2 TO CHAPTER 31,
TITLE 23 ENTITLED “FIREARMS CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS” SO AS TO REQUIRE A FOURTEEN-DAY WAITING
PERIOD FOR PURCHASERS OR TRANSFEREES OF FIREARMS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS.
12/03/15 House Prefiled
12/03/15 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary
01/12/16 House Introduced and read first time
01/12/16 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary

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