A House committee has gutted a bill that would turn over South Carolina’s state-run school bus system to local districts, and instead created a study panel.

The Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday replaced the measure transferring full responsibility of the state fleet. Districts could decide to run the buses themselves, hire a private firm, or collaborate with area districts.

South Carolina is the only state to own and maintain a school bus fleet, although local property taxes foot most of the operating costs.

A bill requiring school districts to offer educational choices and allow students to cross attendance lines is heading to the Senate floor.

The Senate Education Committee approved the measure Wednesday that requires school districts by 2014-15 to offer students at all grade levels at least one additional choice beyond the school they are zoned to attend. Options could include single-gender and Montessori programs, and magnet and charter schools.

It also would allow students to attend any school regardless of attendance lines.