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S.C. State House roundup: Bill to let college athletes make money heads to governor

Clemson's Tee Higgins (5) celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of the NCAA...
Clemson's Tee Higgins (5) celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (KY3)
Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 2:40 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2021 at 5:40 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill allowing college athletes in South Carolina to make money or other benefits from their names and images is on its way to the governor’s desk.

The House passed the bill 103-15 on Wednesday.

Supporters say it is critical to get it out as quickly as possible because Florida’s law allowing athletes to cash in goes into effect this summer and surrounding states with teams that compete with Clemson and South Carolina are also close to passing similar proposals.

The bill allows athletes to be paid from outside organizations for autograph sessions, guest appearances, sponsorships or other events that use their name, image or likeness.

Lawmakers again reject transgender athlete ban

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A committee in the South Carolina House has again rejected a proposal that would have prevented transgender students from playing on girls’ sports teams in middle and high school.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 13-11 against the bill on Tuesday. The same committee tabled a similar proposal March 16, leading supporters to change some introductory language but leave the essence of the bill untouched.

South Carolina was one of more than 20 states considering restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for transgender minors this year.

Opponents say South Carolina would have lost business and sports events and hurt some of its most vulnerable teens by passing the bill.

South Carolina introducing state workforce development funding

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce has more than $1 million to distribute to South Carolina employers for Incumbent Worker Training.

The funding allows employers to retain their employees by providing things like new technology training, updating certifications, or helping them promote employees from entry-level to higher roles.

Businesses will get to choose their training providers and tell the Department of Employment and Workforce which types of training they prefer.

SC Works Business Service Manager Gene Borzendowski says based on business size, employers will be given either 90%, 75% or 50% re-imbursement of the training program of their choice.

“Companies are hiring more people, probably less experienced, just with how tight the hiring market is right now,” Borzendowski said. “So, this is ideal for companies to get some of their entry-level individuals upscaled and into new positions so they can continue to bring in new people to back fill those roles and things like that.”

To qualify, businesses must have at least one full-time employee, be a non-profit or for-profit, and prove they are up-to-date on their state tax obligations.

“We encourage everyone to apply,” Borzendowski said. “It doesn’t matter how big or small your company is.”

More resources can also be found on SC Works website.

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