COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - A South Carolina budget-writing panel agreed to require college professors to teach at least nine credit hours each semester.
Panel chairman and state Rep. Murrell Smith of Sumter said Tuesday professors need to be in the classroom and not on sabbatical with state money short for colleges.
The committee adopts temporary law changes that would be part of the state's $5.2 billion budget. The full Ways and Means Committee will vote on those next week.
The panel also approved measures that would require the state opt out of the national health care law. And it also moved to muzzle the State Ethics Commission. It adopted a law change that would bar the commission's staff from discussing investigations until the full commission renders a decision.