Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
The House assembled at 10:00 A.M.
Deliberations were opened with prayer by the Chaplain of the House of Representatives, the Rev. Dr. Alton C. Clark as follows:
Make us ready, Lord God, for whatever this day may bring. Guide our thinking, control our actions that we may be dedicated to opportunities and the tasks that come our way. Give us the wisdom to choose our words wisely and discreetly, as we lean heavily upon You with confidence. Fortify our minds with the knowledge of Your teachings, giving us a strength greater than our own. Grant that the moments of this prayer may give us insight and ability for the work of this day.
To You, Lord, we give our praise and thanksgiving. Amen.
After corrections to the Journal of the proceedings of yesterday, the SPEAKER ordered it confirmed.
May 20, 1997
The Honorable David W. Wilkins
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Dear Mr. Speaker:
It is with pleasure that I submit to the General Assembly the 28th Annual Report of the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging, fulfilling the mandate of Section 2-51-10. I respectfully request that this report be printed in the House Journal.
Denny W. Neilson
To: Members of the General Assembly of South Carolina
The Joint Legislative Committee on Aging, created in 1969 by Concurrent Resolution H.1286 and in 1978 made a permanent committee by Act 402 (Section 2-51-10), is pleased to submit the Twenty-eighth Annual Report of the Committee.
Denny W. Neilson
Representative Denny W. Neilson
Representative Thomas N. Rhoad
Representative Elsie Rast Stuart
Senator Warren K. Giese, Vice-Chair
Senator Maggie Wallace Glover
Senator Addison G. "Joe" Wilson
Gloria H. Sholin
Thomas D. Stilwell (deceased 3/28/97)
Patrick B. Harris
Keller H. Barron, Research Director
Karen J. Sprayberry, Research Assistant
209 Blatt Building, PO Box 11867
Columbia, South Carolina 29211
Telephone: (803)734-2995 Fax: (803)734-2925
In 1959 the first Joint Legislative Committee "to study the needs and problems relating to the aged citizens in South Carolina" was created and continued work until 1963. By 1969 the need for a committee was again evident and was created by Concurrent Resolution No. 1286. It operated under continuing resolutions until 1978 when the General Assembly found "the Committee to Study Public and Private Services, Programs and Facilities of the Aging" fulfills a necessary and continuing legislative need and that the functions of the Committee can be more properly fulfilled by a permanent Committee," Act 402 (Code 2-51-10, 1978).
The Committee is made up of three members of the Senate appointed by the President, three members of the House appointed by the Speaker and three members appointed by the Governor. Chairing the Committee have been Rep. Martha Thomas Fitzgerald, 1959-1963; Senator Richard Riley, 1969-1976; Senator Hyman Rubin, 1977-1984 and Rep. Patrick Harris, 1984-1996. The current Chair is Rep. Denny Neilson, Dist. 56, elected February 25, 1997. Rep. Neilson has served as a member of the Committee since 1989.
Patrick B. Harris, Anderson, former chair of the Committee, was appointed in September 1996 by Gov. David Beasley to replace Robert W. Wasson, 1989-96 . In December 1996, Speaker David Wilkins reappointed Rep. Denny W. Neilson (Darlington-Chesterfield, District 56) and appointed Rep. Elsie Rast Stuart (Lexington-Orangeburg, Dist. 96) and Rep. Thomas N. Rhoad (Bamberg-Barnwell-Colleton , Dist. 90) to replace former Representatives Patrick B. Harris, 1969-96 and Dave Waldrop, 1983-1996. In February 1997, Lt. Governor Bob Peeler, President of the Senate, reappointed Senator Warren K Giese (Richland-Kershaw, Dist. 22) and Senator Maggie Glover (Florence-Marion-Dillon, Dist. 30) and appointed Senator Addison "Joe" Wilson (Lexington, Dist. 23) to replace Senator Ernie Passailaigue 1991-96.
The Committee was saddened by the death March 28th of Thomas D. Stilwell, gubernatorial appointee, 1987-97. On motion of the Committee Chair, the House adjourned May 10, 1997 in his memory.
The Joint Legislative Committee on Aging was the only joint study committee to be funded in 1996-97. As passed by the House and Senate, the 1997-98 Appropriation Act, Part II, Section 30, amends Sec. 2-51-10 relating to the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging to require July 1, 1997 committee staff support be provided by the State Reorganization Commission and to delete authorization for mileage, subsistence, per diem and an annual appropriation. (Appendix B).
As of May 30 Keller H. Barron, Research Director 1979-97, will retire and Karen Jacobs Sprayberry, 1992-97, will no longer be Research Assistant. The Committee office will move from Suite 209 to Suite 228 Blatt Building.
The 34th Annual Public Hearing of the Committee on Aging was held in Columbia on September 18, 1996. Oral testimony was received from 39 persons and written statements from 7 persons, representing organizations, individual interests, state agencies, non-profit organizations and service delivery groups. Over 100 persons attended the hearing. Copies of the transcript were provided to the state library, the state archives and other appropriate state agencies and upon request to individuals and organizations and are on file in the Committee office.
A Public Hearing was held May 1 by the Consumer Options for Financing of Long Term Care Subcommittee. Transcript on file.
The Committee met on February 25, 1997 to elect officers, receive reports and review legislative activities. Rep. Denny Neilson was elected Chair and Senator Warren Giese was elected Vice-Chair. Patrick B. Harris, gubernatorial appointee, Rep. Elsie Rast Stuart and Rep. Thomas N. Rhoad, House appointees, and Senator Joe Wilson, Senate appointee, were welcomed. The Consumer Financing of Long Term Care Subcommittee was appointed: Senator Wilson, Chair, Rep. Elsie Rast Stuart and Pat Harris, members.
Minutes of the meeting are on file in the Committee office.
The Subcommittee met March 18. Dr. Helen I. Doerpinghaus, Associate Professor of Insurance College of Business Administration, Health Policy Fellow Center for Health Services and Policy Research, Institute of Public Affairs, USC, reviewed her "Occasional Paper in Health Policy: Options for Consumer Financing of Long Term Care." This paper fulfilled Act 480, 1996. The following action plan was adopted by the Subcommittee:
* An Executive Summary will be distributed to the members of the General Assembly, with copies of the report in its entirety available on request.
* By April 1, the "Options" paper will be distributed for comment to interested parties, i.e. government agencies, organizations, academia, citizens.
* A Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, May 1, Room 101 Blatt Building, 3:00pm to receive comment from the interested parties.
* Information will be gathered from other states and the literature by the Center for Health Services and Policy Research. *
The staff draft of recommendations will be reviewed for accuracy by key people.
The staff draft will be presented to the Subcommittee by September 15th for review/revision.
* Public comment will be solicited on the recommendations.
* Legislation will be drafted for introduction as recommended by the Subcommittee and approved by the Committee as a whole. *
The Public Hearing was held May 1. Eleven persons submitted testimony. A transcript of the Hearing is on file with the Committee.
Copies of Acts, Bills, and Bill Status may be obtained from Legislative Information in Columbia, 734-2060, or 1-800-922-1539.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR DIRECT CAREGIVERS IN NURSING HOMES/HOME HEALTH (S.132, H.3309)
A bill to require criminal record checks of direct caregivers employed by nursing homes and home health agencies. This information would also be provided to other facilities and agencies.
STATUS: S.132 _ Referred to Senate Medical Affairs subcmte.: Senate Rose, Chair; Senator Hutto, Senator Jackson
H.3309 _ Referred to House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs sbcmte.: Rep. Cave, Chair; Rep. Jordan, Rep. Pinckney
LOWER PATIENT-STAFF RATIO FOR NURSES AIDES IN NURSING HOMES (S.238)
A bill to require nursing homes to decrease the ratio of residents to direct care staff - from 11:1 on 7-3pm shift to 9 : 1, from 15 : 1 on 3pm -11pm shift to 13 to 1, 11pm to 7am shift remains same at 22:1
STATUS: Reported out favorable with amendments from Senate Medical Affairs Committee May 14.
STATE TAXABLE INCOME DEDUCTION UP TO $15,000 FOR INDIVIDUALS 65 YEARS AND OLDER (S.189)
A bill to provide a taxable income deduction not to exceed $15,000 for taxpayers at least sixty-five years of age.
STATUS: Referred to Senate Finance Committee Executive
sbcmte.: Senator Drummond, Chair.
STATE INCOME TAX CREDIT TO EMPLOYERS FOR EMPLOYEES' ADULT CARE PROGRAM (S.162, H.3307)
A bill to provide employers with the same tax credit when they provide adult care programs to their employees as when they provide child day care programs.
STATUS: S.162 _ Referred to Senate Finance Committee
sbcmte.: Senator V.Smith, Chair; Senators Leatherman, Giese, O'Dell, Matthews; H.3307 _ Referred to House Ways and Means Committee
STATE INCOME TAX CREDIT FOR LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE UP TO $300 (S.161, H.3306)
A bill to give individuals who paid for themselves or others the same credit(20% up to $300) for long term care insurance premium as presently given for nursing facilities or home/community services.
STATUS: S.161 _ Referred to Senate Finance Committee
sbcmte., Sen. V. Smith, Chair; Senators Leatherman, Giese, O'Dell, Matthews; H.3306 _ Referred to House Ways and Means Committee
STATE COVERED ENTITIES OPTIONAL LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE AMENDMENT (S.190)
A bill to delete the requirement that members pay all the premium for long term care insurance to take advantage of federal tax incentives.
STATUS: Referred to Senate Finance Committee
subcmte: Sen. V. Smith, Chair; Senators Leatherman, Giese, O'Dell, Matthews
INCREASE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR PERSONS 65+ FROM $20,000 TO $25,000 (S.159, H.3308)
A bill to increase the current homestead exemption for persons 65 years of age or older, totally and permanently disabled or legally blind, from $20,000 to $25,000.
STATUS: S.159 _ Referred to Senate Finance Committee
sbcmte: Senator John Drummond, Chair; H.3308 _ Referred to House Ways and Means Committee
ENFORCEMENT OF MANUFACTURED HOME PARK TENANCY ACT BY MANUFACTURED HOUSING BOARD (S.268)
A bill to authorize the Manufactured Housing Board to enforce the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act.
STATUS: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
DECLARATION FOR A DESIRE FOR A NATURAL DEATH, LIFE-SUSTAINING PROCEDURES TECHNICAL AMENDMENT (H.3153/R89, Act No. )
This Act changes the words "death-prolonging" procedures to "life-sustaining" procedures in the Declaration of a Desire for a Natural Death.
STATUS: Enrolled for ratification
JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON AGING TRANSFER (H.3400, Appropriation Act, Part II Permanent Provisos, Section 30)
To transfer statutory authority and responsibilities of Committee to State Reorganization Commission and delete funding, staff, members' mileage, subsistence, and per diem.
STATUS: Passed House/ Senate, pending Governor's approval
DIVISION ON AGING TRANSFERRED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, RENAMED (H.3400, Appropriation Act, Part 1 Temporary Provisos, Section 72.72)
A bill to transfer the Division on Aging, Office of the Governor, to the Department of Health and Human Services.
STATUS: Passed House, amended on Senate Floor to change name to Office on Aging and provide that the director of HHS must employ a deputy director as administrator. Pending Conference Committee report, Governor's approval
AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE (S.254)
Under the "Uninsured Motorist Fund," this bill would require that the Department of Insurance must provide an reduction in premium charges to those individuals who are fifty-five years old or older.
STATUS: Passed Senate _ House contested Calendar
EXEMPT FROM PROPERTY TAX INCREASES IN FAIR MARKET VALUE ABOVE INITIAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION (H.3203)
A bill to exempt from property tax that amount of fair market value of residential property qualifying for the homestead exemption which represents increases in the fair market value of the property occurring after the property first qualifies for the homestead exemption.
STATUS: Referred to House Ways and Means Committee
FREE USE OF STATE PARK FACILITIES, AGE REDUCED FROM 65 TO 60 (H.3398)
A bill to reduce the age of persons entitled to free use of state park facilities from sixty-five to sixty.
STATUS: Referred to House Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee
HUNTING/FISHING LICENSES (H.3290, S.266)
A bill to require persons age 65 to 72 years of age to receive a hunting/fishing license for $9; to provide a person 73 years of age or older a free lifetime license.
STATUS: H.3290 _ Referred to House Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee; S.266 _ Referred to Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee
INCREASE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR PERSONS 65+ TO $25,000 (S.212)
A bill to raise the current homestead exemption for persons 65 years of age or older, totally and permanently disabled or legally blind, from $20,000 to $25,000.
STATUS: S.212 _ Referred to Senate Finance Committee
sbcmte: Senator John Drummond, Chair
INCREASE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR PERSONS 65+ TO $40,000 (S.147)
A bill to raise the current homestead exemption for persons 65 years of age or older, totally and permanently disabled or legally blind, from $20,000 to $40,000.
STATUS: S.159 _ Referred to Senate Finance Committee
sbcmte: Senator John Drummond, Chair
INCREASE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION TO $150,000 FOR PERSONS 70+ (H.3081)
A bill to raise the current homestead exemption from $20,000 to $150,000 of fair market value of the homestead for an owner age 70+.
STATUS: H.3081 _ House Ways and Means Committee
LONG TERM HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATORS AMENDMENTS (S.359)
A bill to conform the Long Term Care Administrators Board to the statutory, organizational and administrative framework established for professional and occupational licensing boards.
STATUS: Passed the Senate, favorable from House 3M Committee, debate adjourned.
MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE RATES REDUCTION (H.3536)
A bill to provide a premium reduction for an automobile insurance policy when the principal operator of the insured automobile is 55 years of age or older and has successfully completed a motor vehicle accident prevention course.
STATUS: Referred to House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee
STATE PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FUND (H.3400 - Appropriation Act, Part II, Section 15)
A proviso that would move the State Property Tax Relief Fund as well as Homestead Exemption into a trust fund. This amount would be deducted from state general fund revenues and transferred to a separate trust fund that would not be available for appropriation.
STATUS: Passed the House and Senate. Pending Conference Committee report and Governor's approval.
* Long Term Care Insurance Home/Community Care Optional Benefit Study
Office of the Governor, Division on Aging, in cooperation with the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging and the Department of Insurance (Act 165, Sec.3,1991). First evaluation reported to the General Assembly by the Commission on Aging September 1995. Second evaluation by aging Committee staff forwarded to Division on Aging, April 1997.
*Consumer Options for Financing Long Term Care
Joint Legislative Committee on Aging in conjunction with the Center for Health Policy, Institute of Public Affairs, USC, to evaluate and study options for consumer financing of long-term care and to submit a report to the General Assembly (Act 480, R340,1996) . Report submitted the Subcommittee, Sen. Joe Wilson, Chair, March 25; Executive Summary submitted to General Assembly, March 27.Action plan, see Report of Subcommittee.
* Nursing Home Staffing
An initial analysis of nursing home staffing data from DHEC was made in collaboration with the Center for Health Services and Policy Research in order to identify how many facilities would be affected by an increase in the minimum staffing standards and the extent of those effects. This information was useful to the Department of Health and Human Services in determining the fiscal impact to the state for Medicaid reimbursement under S.238.
The status of legislation introduced by the Committee and other selected legislation related to aging interests was summarized periodically during the session in the "Legislative Update"
and distributed upon request.
The "Summary of Legislation Related to Aging Interests,"(up-dated through 1996 session) was distributed to House and Senate Research, State Library, the aging network, other state libraries and organizations and individuals upon request.
The Committee also distributed the following pamphlets: 1) "Joint Legislative Committee on Aging" provides brief history, members and legislative priorities; 2) "Aging Resources" lists state organizations, agencies and legislative committees interested in aging issues; 3) "Programs and Services for the Aged" lists age-related benefits; 4) "Living Wills" and "Health Care Power of Attorney"; 5) "State of South Carolina Homestead Tax Exemption Program" compiled by Comptroller General's office; 6) "South Carolina Services Information System" brochure for seniors and all people with disabilities (1-800-922-1107).
Agnes Scott College
Michelle Frost joined the Committee as a Legislative Intern, with the Alumnae Intern program of the Career Planning and Counseling Department of Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia, January 13-17.
College of Social Work, University of South Carolina
Melissa Mellen, MSW candidate, interned two days a week with the Committee from August 1996 to May 1997. Her work includes the "Special Care Unit Disclosure Act" pamphlet, resident-nursing aide ratio research and the "Report on Long Term Care Insurance Home Care Option."
Members of the Committee and/or staff worked cooperatively throughout the year with the Standing Committees of the House and Senate, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Governor's Office-Division on Aging, Comptroller General's Office, Department of Health and Human Services, State Library, American Association of Retired Persons, Alzheimer's Association, SC Federation of Older Americans, Seniors Legislative Coalition, Area Agencies on Aging, Councils on Aging, SC Nonprofit Homes for the Aging Association, SC Health Care Association, SC Gerontology Society, SC Gerontology Center, Capital Senior Center, Alzheimer's Resource Center Advisory Council.
Keller H. Barron, Director of Research, served on the Advance Directives Task Force of the Division on Aging and as Committee designee to the Adult Protection Coordination Council.
The following publications were available 1996-97 from the Committee office and distributed upon request. Remaining copies have been sent to the State Library, Division on Aging, Office of the Governor and the State Archives.
* Annual Report, Advisory Committee on Adult Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of the Long Term Care Council; 1992
* Alzheimer's or Dementia Specific Care Units: Should They Be Regulated?, 1995
* Annual Reports 1970-1996
* Aging Resources, 1996
* Aging in South Carolina: Focus on Caregiving, 1993
* Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Registry, Annual Report, School of Public Health, 1996
* Declaration of a Desire for a Natural Death form
* Directory of Housing for Seniors in SC, 1994
* GRAY PLAGUE OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease, Their Families and Caregivers, Alzheimer's Task Force, November 1993
* Health Care Power of Attorney form
* Homestead Tax Exemption Program; Comptroller General, 1996
* Legislative History of the "Living Will" and Health Care Power of Attorney, 1977-1993
* Medicare Supplement Insurance Standardization Comparison of Annual Premium Rates in SC, Dept. of Insurance, 1996-97
* Discovering SC, 1996
* State Plan on Aging, Div. on Aging, Office of the Gov.1997-2000
* Summary of Legislation Related to Aging Interests Enacted Through 1996
* Volunteers and the Law in South Carolina, Young Lawyers Division of the SC Bar, 1993
X. APPENDIX A ACT 402 to Create a Permanent Committee (R420, H.3247)(Code 2-51-10)
An Act to create a Permanent Committee to conduct continuing Studies of Public and Private Services, Programs and Facilities for the Aging.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Section 1. The General Assembly finds that the Committee to Study Public and Private Services, Programs and Facilities for the Aging, originally created H.1286 of 1969 and continued by concurrent resolution through 1977, fulfills a necessary and continuing legislative need and the functions of the committee can be more properly fulfilled by a permanent committee.
Section 2. There is created a permanent committee to conduct continuing studies of public and private services, programs and facilities for the aging in South Carolina and report its findings and recommendations annually to the General Assembly. Three members shall be appointed from the Senate by the President thereof, three members shall be appointed from the House of Representative by the Speaker and three member shall be appointed by the Governor. Terms of legislative members shall be coterminous with their terms as members of the General Assembly and terms of members appointed by the Governor shall be coterminous with the term of the appointing Governor.
Members of the Committee shall receive mileage, per diem and subsistence as provided by law for members of boards, committees and commissions. Expenses of the committee shall be provided by an annual appropriation in the general appropriation act.
The Legislative Council shall provide such legal services as the Committee may require in the performance of its duties.
Section 3. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 14th day of February 1978.
X. APPENDIX B: H.3400, APPROPRIATION BILL, PART II, SECTION 30, PROVISO ON JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON AGING
TO AMEND SECTION 2-51-10 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE STUDY COMMITTEE ON AGING, SO AS TO REQUIRE COMMITTEE STAFF SUPPORT TO BE PROVIDED BY THE STATE REORGANIZATION COMMISSION AND TO DELETE THE AUTHORIZATION FOR MILEAGE, SUBSISTENCE, AND PER DIEM FOR MEMBERS AND THE REFERENCE TO THE COMMITTEE'S ANNUAL APPROPRIATION.
A. Section 2-51-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 2-51-10. There is created a permanent committee to conduct continuing studies of public and private services, programs, and facilities for the Aging in South Carolina and report its findings and recommendations annually to the General Assembly. Three members must be appointed from the Senate by the President thereof, three members must be appointed from the House of Representatives by the Speaker and three members must be appointed by the Governor. Terms of legislative members are coterminous with the term of the appointing Governor. The Legislative Council shall provide such legal services as the committee may require in the performance of its duties. From funds appropriated to the State Reorganization Commission in the General Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1997-98 and subsequent years, the commission shall provide all other staff support for the committee."
B. This section takes effect July 1, 1997.
X. APPENDIX C: COUNTY/MUNICIPALITIES HOMESTEAD TAX EXEMPTION REIMBURSEMENTS TAX YEAR 1995
COUNTY NUMBER TOTAL AMOUNT
Abbeville 3,475 460,413.12
Aiken 13,683 1,296,185.64
Allendale 1,451 205,590.16
Anderson 16,622 2,228,391.38
Bamberg 2,003 311,125.13
Barnwell 2,445 267,891.62
Beaufort 9,875 1,150,016.38
Berkeley 6,320 789,560.89
Calhoun 1,333 176,634.82
Charleston 25,677 3,397,678.97
Cherokee 4,946 680,885.93
Chester 3,864 663,033.78
Chesterfield 4,296 452,476.80
Clarendon 2,862 451,376.18
Colleton 3,612 555,132.91
Darlington 6,483 800,223.92
Dillon 2,712 291,948.35
Dorchester 5,431 733,904.71
Edgefield 1,951 310,587.29
Fairfield 2,038 325,738.13
Florence 10,715 1,183,916.09
Georgetown 5,249 775,895.77
Greenville 28,905 4,437,518.27
Greenwood 7,355 932,972.53
Hampton 2,559 453,711.66
Horry 16,590 2,002,415.64
Jasper 1,420 242,831.40
Kershaw 4,687 598,308.02
Lancaster 5,161 822,762.98
Laurens 6,162 715,535.47
Lee 1,921 326,872.55
Lexington 14,272 2,317,853.60
McCormick 922 124,595.38
Marion 3,581 478,438.13
Marlboro 3,396 362,346.50
Newberry 4,940 800,516.64
Oconee 6,721 820,030.39
Orangeburg 8,047 1,333,803.61
Pickens 10,277 1,130,855.64
Richland 20,977 3,365,162.62
Saluda 1,912 310,513.73
Spartanburg 22,264 3,673,898.68
Sumter 7,776 1,154,730.69
Union 4,317 733,603.69
Williamsburg 3,299 512,093.09
York 11,655 1,542,453.09
STATE TOTALS 336,159 $46,702,431.97
X. APPENDIX D: 1990 S. C. PERCENT OF AGE 60+ POPULATION TO TOTAL POPULATION
COUNTY 60+ POPULATION PERCENT
Abbeville 4,669 23,862 20%
Aiken 19,296 120,940 16%
Allendale 1,911 11,722 16%
Anderson 26,503 145,196 18%
Bamberg 2,860 16,902 17%
Barnwell 3,334 20,293 16%
Beaufort 14,638 86,425 17%
Berkeley 10,977 128,776 9%
Calhoun 2,326 12,753 18%
Charleston 41,107 295,039 14%
Cherokee 7,843 44,506 18%
Chester 5,693 32,170 18%
Chesterfield 6,643 38,577 17%
Clarendon 5,103 28,450 18%
Colleton 5,915 34,377 17%
Darlington 10,012 61,851 16%
Dillon 4,807 29,114 17%
Dorchester 8,567 83,060 10%
Edgefield 3,001 18,375 16%
Fairfield 4,000 22,295 18%
Florence 17,311 114,344 16%
Georgetown 8,153 46,302 19%
Greenville 51,733 320,167 16%
Greenwood 11,059 59,567 18%
Hampton 2,971 18,191 17%
Horry 25,911 144,053 17%
Jasper 2,592 15,487 17%
Kershaw 7,279 43,599 17%
Lancaster 9,080 54,516 17%
Laurens 10,485 58,092 18%
Lee 3,008 18,437 16%
Lexington 21,056 167,611 13%
McCormick 1,566 8,868 18%
Marion 5,687 33,899 17%
Marlboro 5,019 29,361 17%
Newberry 6,636 33,172 20%
Oconee 10,842 57,494 19%
Orangeburg 14,115 84,803 17%
Pickens 14,067 93,894 15%
Richland 37,097 285,720 13%
Saluda 3,162 16,357 19%
Spartanburg 38,690 226,800 17%
Sumter 13,030 102,637 13%
Union 5,996 30,337 20%
Williamsburg 5,955 36,815 16%
York 19,250 131,497 15%
TOTAL 287,328 3,486,703 16%
X. APPENDIX E: SC ELECTION STATISTICS VOTER
ACTIVITY 65 AND OVER BY COUNTY, 1996
COUNTY TOTAL TOTAL %
_________________ REGISTERED VOTED VOTED
Abbeville 2,739 1,860 67.90
Aiken 11,977 8,973 74.91
Allendale 1,179 802 68.02
Anderson 13,525 9,908 73.25
Bamberg 1,795 1,258 70.08
Barnwell 2,068 1,589 76.83
Beaufort 12,968 10,290 79.34
Berkeley 6,951 5,094 73.28
Calhoun 1,473 1,177 79.90
Charleston 26,050 19,838 76.15
Cherokee 4,359 3,040 69.74
Chester 3,183 2,205 69.27
Chesterfield 3,479 2,464 70.82
Clarendon 3,341 2,391 71.56
Colleton 3,272 2,397 73.25
Darlington 5,481 3,947 72.01
Dillon 2,555 1,554 60.82
Dorchester 5,963 4,275 71.69
Edgefield 1,996 1,481 74.19
Fairfield 2,153 1,559 72.41
Florence 9,975 7,071 70.88
Georgetown 5,788 4,312 74.49
Greenville 28,816 22,250 77.21
Greenwood 5,755 4,086 70.99
Hampton 2,144 1,556 72.57
Horry 20,279 15,480 75.94
Jasper 1,763 1,363 77.31
Kershaw 4,606 3,602 78.20
Lancaster 5,148 3,892 75.60
Laurens 5,605 3,980 71.00
Lee 2,010 1,391 69.20
Lexington 13,818 9,969 72.14
McCormick 1,140 857 75.17
Marion 3,395 2,208 65.05
Marlboro 2,742 1,688 61.56
Newberry 4,066 2,760 67.87
Oconee 6,721 5,189 77.20
Orangeburg 9,058 6,829 75.39
Pickens 7,343 5,243 71.40
Richland 22,775 16,507 72.47
Saluda 1,956 1,420 72.59
Spartanburg 19,572 13,462 68.78
Sumter 7,845 5,487 69.94
Union 3,660 2,613 71.39
Williamsburg 3,936 2,749 69.84
York 10,913 8,161 74.78
TOTALS 327,336 240,147 73.36%
The following Bills and Joint Resolutions were taken up, read the third time, and ordered sent to the Senate.
H. 4189 -- Reps. T. Brown and Miller: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-7-270, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF VOTING PRECINCTS IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SO AS TO REVISE CERTAIN OF THESE PRECINCTS.
H. 4101 -- Reps. Edge, Kelley, Keegan, Witherspoon and Barfield: A BILL TO AMEND ACT 287 OF 1989, RELATING TO THE HORRY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING IN 1998, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD SHALL CONSTITUTE A TWELFTH SEPARATE SEAT ON THE BOARD, AND THE CHAIRMAN SHALL BE ELECTED BY THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF THE COUNTY AT LARGE.
H. 4190 -- Education and Public Works Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, RELATING TO DEFINED PROGRAM K-5, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 2123, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
H. 4191 -- Education and Public Works Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, RELATING TO DEFINED PROGRAM 6-8 (AMENDED TITLE), DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 2126, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
The following Bills were taken up, read the third time, and ordered returned to the Senate with amendments.
S. 624 -- Senators Setzler, Ryberg, Lander, Wilson and Drummond: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 6-25-100, AS AMENDED, 6-25-110, AND 6-25-111, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE POWERS OF JOINT MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEMS AND THE AUTHORITY OF SUCH SYSTEMS TO INCUR DEBT, SO AS TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT FOR UNANIMOUS APPROVAL BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF EACH MEMBER OF THE SYSTEM TO INCUR DEBT AND INSTEAD REQUIRE APPROVAL BY AT LEAST TWO-THIRDS OF THE GOVERNING BODIES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SYSTEM.
S. 458 -- Banking and Insurance Committee: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 38-71-920, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS USED IN CONNECTION WITH SMALL GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE, SO AS TO REVISE CERTAIN DEFINITIONS AND ADD NEW DEFINITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 38-71-940, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PREMIUM RATES AND RATING FACTORS FOR HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS AND THE PROHIBITION OF INVOLUNTARY BUSINESS CLASS TRANSFER, SO AS TO USE AN INDEX RATE VERSUS AN ACTUARIAL BASE RATE AS A MEASURE OF THE "AVERAGE RATE", TO STRENGTHEN ACTUARIAL CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS, TO ALLOW RATE VARIATION FROM THE INDEX RATE, TO LIMIT THE INDEX RATE VARIATION FOR A CLASS OF BUSINESS, TO CHANGE THE PROVISIONS FOR PREMIUM RATE INCREASES TO ALLOW AN ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT DUE TO CLAIM EXPERIENCE, HEALTH STATUS, OR DURATION OF COVERAGE, TO ADD GROUP SIZE AS A CASE CHARACTERISTIC AND DELETE IT AS MEANS OF CREATING A CLASS OF NEW BUSINESS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 38-71-960, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DISCLOSURE TO SMALL EMPLOYERS IN SOLICITATION AND SALES MATERIAL FOR HEALTH INSURANCE, SO AS TO EXPAND INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BE DISCLOSED.
The following Bill was read the third time, passed and, having received three readings in both Houses, it was ordered that the title be changed to that of an Act, and that it be enrolled for ratification.
S. 761 -- Senator Reese: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 10 TO CHAPTER 19, TITLE 50, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES THE AUTHORITY TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS TO MANAGE AND PROTECT FISHERIES IN LAKE WILLIAM C. BOWEN, LAKE BLALOCK, AND SPARTANBURG MUNICIPAL RESERVOIR #1 IN SPARTANBURG COUNTY.
At 10:20 A.M. the House in accordance with the ruling of the SPEAKER adjourned to meet at 12:00 Noon, Tuesday, May 27.
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