warnings of sceis years ago

SCEIS, South Carolina Enterprise Information System, is a computer information SYSTEM boondoggle costing the SC taxpayer hundreds of millions of dollars. One of the darlings of the SC Budget and Control Board, it’s JUST recently been a target of criticism by elected officials. However, Sen. Greg Ryberg (R-Aiken) has been railing against it for years.

In October of 2008, the General Assembly had to return to Columbia to deal with budget cuts necessitated by the ’08 recession. Ryberg offered an amendment that would have stripped SCEIS of nearly $25 million and restored a cut ($22 million) to EFA (classroom) and PPP, Child protection, & sex offender monitoring.

Here’s the journal entry from October 2008: Senator RYBERG proposed the following Amendment No. 3 (5300R006.WGR), which was laid on the table: Amend the bill, as and if amended, SECTION 2, page 59, by adding after line 39: / SECTION 80A-F03-BUDGET AND CONTROL BOARD

80A.__. (BCB: Carry Forward) From the Budget and Control Board’s carried forward funds, the Board shall transfer: $1,459,403 to the Department of Social Services for Child Protective Services, $696,939 to the Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole for the Sex Offender Monitoring Program, $350,000 to the Department of Juvenile Justice for Sex Offender Monitoring, and $22,000,000 to the State Department of Education for Aid to School Districts – Education Finance Act. /

Unfortunately, the only argument to table was “the House has already left, we can’t amend this bill”, so the tabling motion only got 6 nays.

AYES: Alexander, Anderson, Campbell, Campsen, Ceips, Cleary, Courson, Cromer, Drummond, Elliott, Fair, Ford, Hawkins, Hayes, Hutto, Jackson, Knotts, Land, Leatherman, Leventis, Lourie, Malloy, Martin (L), Matthews, McConnell, McGill, O’Dell, Patterson, Peeler, Pinckney, Rankin, Reese, Ritchie, Scott, Setzler, Sheheen, Thomas, Vaughn, Williams, Total–39

NAYS: Bryant, Gregory, Grooms, Massey, Ryberg, Short, Total—6