COLUMBIA - A measure that would establish the Lowcountry's first comprehensive research university was attached to a different higher education-related bill on Thursday and will likely be reconsidered by the S.C. Senate next week.
The Clemson Enterprise Act, S. 535, which allows universities with good bond ratings regulatory relief for capital projects, has little to do with a measure that would allow for a newly expanded University of Charleston that would offer post-graduate programs tied to business needs. Rep. Brian White, R-Anderson, and Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, attached the U of C initiative to the Clemson bill. It was approved 82-13.
Charleston-area leaders have said they would fight to see the bill through this year. The bill has faced opposition in the Senate, where two of the chamber's most powerful members have said they oppose the bill. The new House bill could offer a way for another vote on the issue next week in the Senate. The measure has already passed the S.C. House.
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