Charleston university bill revived in House

      By ANDREW COFFMAN SMITHAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina House has resurrected an attempt to create a comprehensive research university in Charleston.

      The House on Thursday attached an amendment to establish the University of Charleston onto a regulatory relief bill that allows colleges to bypass multiple layers of state approvals for certain construction projects. The amended bill passed 82-13 and returns to the Senate.

      The move is an attempt to establish a comprehensive research university at the College of Charleston before the session ends next week. That separate bill appeared to die Wednesday when Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler and Senate President Pro Tem John Courson placed procedural holds on it.

      Courson said he opposed it getting a vote on the floor without it first being vetted in the Education Committee he chairs.

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