Columbia, SC (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers say the current school disturbance law is too broad and continues to negatively impact the records of students.
A House subcommittee voted unanimously Thursday to change the law so it would only apply to former students who harm or threaten to harm other students or teachers in a school or college.
The current law has been used against current students who disrupt school.
The new version would increase the punishment for violators to up to a $2000 fine and a year in prison.
Supporters say the bill would correct the existing law that they say does not distinguish normal adolescent behavior from those behaviors that require law enforcement.
Columbia Sen. Mia McLeod says she's encouraged since the legislation previously rejected by the same committee.