The South Carolina Legislative Council is offering access to the unannotated South Carolina Code of Laws on the Internet as a service to the public. The unannotated South Carolina Code on the General Assembly's website is now current through the 2010 session. The unannotated South Carolina Code, consisting only of Code text and numbering, may be copied from this website at the reader's expense and effort without need for permission.
The Legislative Council is unable to assist users of this service with legal questions. Also, legislative staff cannot respond to requests for legal advice or the application of the law to specific facts. Therefore, to understand and protect your legal rights, you should consult your own private lawyer regarding all legal questions.
While every effort was made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the unannotated South Carolina Code available on the South Carolina General Assembly's website, the unannotated South Carolina Code is not official, and the state agencies preparing this website and the General Assembly are not responsible for any errors or omissions which may occur in these files. Only the current published volumes of the South Carolina Code of Laws Annotated and any pertinent acts and joint resolutions contain the official version.
Please note that the Legislative Council is not able to respond to individual inquiries regarding research or the features, format, or use of this website. However, you may notify Legislative Printing, Information and Technology Systems at LPITS@scstatehouse.gov regarding any apparent errors or omissions in content of Code sections on this website, in which case LPITS will relay the information to appropriate staff members of the South Carolina Legislative Council for investigation.
Title 11 - Public Finance
The Comptroller General shall, before he enters upon the duties of his office, give bond for the faithful discharge of the duties thereof, with one or more sureties approved by the Governor, in the sum of thirty thousand dollars.
Salary; fees and perquisites.
The Comptroller General shall receive such annual salary as may be provided by the General Assembly. The fees and perquisites of the office shall be paid into the State Treasury.
The Comptroller General shall employ such assistance as the General Assembly may provide.
Record of General Assembly appropriations and contingent accounts.
The Comptroller General shall keep a book in which all appropriations by the General Assembly shall be entered, with all payments made under them; he shall also keep another book, properly indexed, in which he shall enter all contingent accounts allowed by the General Assembly and the time at which payment on such accounts shall be made.
Report of names of pensioners.
The Comptroller General shall make to the General Assembly an annual report of the names of the pensioners of the State.
Report as to unappropriated Treasury funds.
The Comptroller General shall report, annually, to the General Assembly his transactions in regard to unappropriated funds in the State Treasury.
Books of Treasurer; report to General Assembly.
The Comptroller General shall keep a set of books exhibiting the separate transactions of the State Treasury. Such set of books shall be a transcript of the books of the Treasury, constituting a complete check upon that office. And the Comptroller shall, in addition to the exhibits of cash transactions of the Treasury, annually report to the General Assembly a balance sheet of the books aforesaid, setting forth as well by whom debts are due to the State as the amounts of those debts.
Transfer of money and papers by Treasurer to successor.
The Comptroller General shall personally superintend, except in the event of his being sick and thereby rendered unable to attend, the transfer of money and papers from the office of the State Treasurer to his successor and report to the General Assembly thereon at their next session.
Comptroller General to inspect vouchers of State Treasurer.
The Comptroller General shall between the first and tenth day of each month examine the vouchers in the office of the State Treasurer for all payments made by the Treasurer during the preceding month.
Advance payment of airfares and registration fees for official travel.
The Comptroller General is authorized to honor vouchers in the current fiscal year for advance payment of airfares and registration fees for official travel to meetings and conferences in July and August of the next fiscal year if the advance payment results in a savings and funds are available in the requesting agency's current budget.
Payments by Treasurer to be on warrants drawn by Comptroller General, exceptions.
All payments by the State Treasurer, except for interest on the public debt and the pay of officers, members and attaches of the General Assembly, shall be made on warrants drawn by the Comptroller General, and the vouchers for the same must be filed in his office.
Procedure for paying state obligations after installation of electronic data processing system.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, the Comptroller General, after the installation of an electronic data processing system to serve the offices of Comptroller General and State Treasurer, shall present warrants for the payment of each State obligation directly to the State Treasurer, who shall then make payment of the obligation by check. The check form used by the State Treasurer for the payment of such obligation shall be so designated to indicate that payment is made upon authorization of a warrant of the Comptroller General.
Writing off warrants; reissue.
All warrants issued by the Comptroller General for the payment of claims, if not presented for payment within two years from the date thereof, shall be written off of the books of the Comptroller General. But any warrant may be reissued upon satisfactory proof of nonpayment and loss.
Lost warrants; duplicates.
In case any warrant issued by the Comptroller General shall be lost and fails to reach the person to whom it has been mailed, the Comptroller General shall, upon satisfactory proof to him of the fact of such loss and upon receiving a bond in an amount double the sum for which the warrant was drawn, issue to such person a duplicate warrant for the sum for which the original warrant was drawn. The duplicate warrant shall state upon its face that it is a duplicate and payable only in case the original warrant is unpaid. Such duplicate warrant, duly endorsed, shall be sufficient for payment by the State Treasurer.
Payments from State Treasury.
After the approval of the annual appropriation act by the Governor, monies may be obtained from the State Treasury only by drawing vouchers upon the Comptroller General. All vouchers, except for appropriated salaries, shall be accompanied by a classified and itemized statement of expenditures showing in each case the name of the payee and a list of articles purchased or services rendered, together with a certified statement that such articles or services were purchased or rendered exclusively for the purpose or activity for which the appropriation was made. These statements of expenditures shall be prepared on printed forms prescribed by the Comptroller General and they shall be prepared in duplicate, the copy to be retained for the purpose of assisting in the annual audit and as a permanent office record.
Consolidation of accounts in connection with lump sum agencies.
The Office of the Comptroller General shall implement appropriate accounting procedures to consolidate accounts, in connection with lump sum agencies, as necessary for proper accounting and for facilitation of financial reporting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
Warrant requisitions for expenditure of money appropriated by General Assembly; requisition of funds in favor of state institution treasurer.
The expenditure of money appropriated by the General Assembly is by warrant requisitions directed to the Comptroller General. Upon receipt of the requisition, accompanied by invoices or other satisfactory evidence of the propriety of the payment, and itemized according to standard budget classifications, the Comptroller General shall issue a warrant on the State Treasurer to the payee designated in the requisition. Requisitions for warrants may not be processed for amounts less than one dollar. Upon approval and designation by the State Budget and Control Board, state institutions may requisition funds in favor of their own treasurer, itemized only to the extent of the purpose of the appropriation as expressed in the act or joint resolution appropriating the funds, and may deposit these funds in the name of the institution in the bank or banking institutions designated by the State Treasurer, and disburse these funds by check in order to meet the purposes of the appropriation. Strict account must be kept of all these expenditures according to standard budget classifications. Money may be drawn only when actually owing and due. The Comptroller General shall establish rules and regulations for the uniform reimbursement, remittance, and transfers of funds to the general fund of the State as required by law.
Accounts of all persons distributing public money.
The Comptroller General shall enter in books, kept for that purpose, such statements of the accounts of persons having the distribution of public money, directed by law to be rendered to him, as will enable him, at any time, to show how such accounts stand between the parties, respectively.
Special comptroller general accounts for Professional and Occupational Licensing Agencies.
Professional and Occupational Licensing Agencies (POLA'S) as specified in Section 11-5-210 may establish special comptroller general accounts for crediting testing fees received in excess of amounts appropriated to these agencies for test expenses. Funds credited to these accounts may be used only to pay test expenses. Any account balance at the close of the fiscal year must be remitted to the general fund of the State. These accounts must be designated "earmarked other fund accounts" and funds credited to these accounts must be expended according to the JARC process. These accounts may not be used to defer revenue.
Expenses of printing tax forms and supplies; manner of payment.
Of the amount appropriated in the annual general appropriations act for and to counties for the expense of printing tax forms and supplies, four cents per capita, based on the official United States Census for 1990, must be remitted by the Comptroller General to the several counties of the State and must be applied by the counties only for the expense of printing tax forms and supplies for county auditors, treasurers, and tax collectors. Payment must be made to each county treasurer in one annual payment which must be made as soon after the beginning of the fiscal year as practical.