South Carolina Legislature


Rule 43.

Suspending and Amending Rules

      Any Rule of the Senate or severable portion of a rule of the Senate may be suspended by unanimous consent of the Senate. Without unanimous consent one day's previous notice shall be given of a motion to suspend any of the rules or severable portion thereof. A motion to suspend shall require a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the membership of the Senate.

     At the convening of the 2019 legislative session, any permanent amendment of the Senate rules directly related to the implementation of Article III, Section 37 of the S.C. Constitution may be made by adoption of a Senate Resolution that has been referred to and has received a favorable report from the Rules Committee within the first two weeks from the convening of the 2019 legislative session and upon such report the Resolution shall be placed in a masthead position on the calendar.

      Any permanent amendment, rescission, or repeal of any of the Senate rules shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the total membership of the Senate. However, at the convening of the 2018 legislative session, any permanent amendment of the Senate rules may be made by adoption of a Senate Resolution, by three fifths (3/5) of the Senators present and voting, that has been referred to and has received a favorable report from the Rules Committee within the first two weeks from the convening of the 2018 legislative session and upon such report the Resolution shall be placed in a masthead position on the calendar.

      The Clerk of the Senate shall have these rules recorded in a permanent book which shall be kept at all times in the Senate Chamber. All permanent changes in the rules after they have been adopted shall be recorded in a Permanent Rule Book and certified by the Clerk of the Senate. These rules shall remain in full force and effect until the conclusion of the terms for Senators or until the Rules are amended, suspended, or repealed by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the membership of the Senate prior thereto.

Last Updated: 12/6/2016 at 8:00 PM



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