SC committee on children releases recommendations

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Testing students' readiness for first grade and requiring prescriptions for meth-making medicines are among the recommendations of a committee that advocates for South Carolina's children.

The joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children released on Thursday its priorities for 2013. Its wide array of recommendations focus on reducing childhood obesity, injuries and trauma, as well as improving school readiness and increasing immunization coverage.

They range from requiring lifeguards at summer camps to anti-sexting legislation that would create a tiered penalty for children under 18 who electronically share sexually explicit photos.

The committee was created to research children's issues. It consists of 3 senators, three House members, three residents appointed by the governor, and the heads of agencies that deal with children.

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