South Carolina General Assembly
117th Session, 2007-2008
Journal of the Senate

Thursday, February 22, 2007
(Statewide Session)

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

The Senate assembled at 11:00 A.M., the hour to which it stood adjourned, and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

A quorum being present, the proceedings were opened with a devotion by the Chaplain as follows:

Isaiah wrote about the redemption of his people, Israel:

"Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you... do not fear, for I am with you."   (Isaiah 43:4a, 5a)

Friends, let us pray:

Lord, in one of his personal prayers President George Washington once wrote: "Holy and eternal Lord God, who art the King of heaven. I will call on thee as long as I live, from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same; let thy name be praised." Indeed, O God, may these leaders-as did Washington-ever trust in your holy presence. Empower them to follow you, to honor you, to serve you-always. We pray this in your name, Lord.
Amen.

The PRESIDENT called for Petitions, Memorials, Presentments of Grand Juries and such like papers.

Doctor of the Day

Senator CROMER introduced Dr. Robert Livingston III of Newberry, S.C., Doctor of the Day.

Leave of Absence

On motion of Senator LOURIE, at 11:05 A.M., Senator SHEHEEN was granted a leave of absence for today.

S. 431 (Word version) -- Senators McConnell, Moore, Drummond, Setzler, Matthews, Thomas, O'Dell, Gregory, Jackson, Mescher, Rankin, Alexander, Anderson, Grooms, Scott, Williams, Cromer, Vaughn and Ritchie: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 33 OF TITLE 58, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING ARTICLE 4 SO AS TO ENHANCE THE CERTAINTY OF INVESTMENTS IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF ELECTRIC UTILITIES SERVING CONSUMERS IN THIS STATE AND TO PROVIDE FOR REGULATORY OVERSIGHT OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION OF BASE LOAD GENERATING PLANTS; TO AMEND SECTION 58-27-610, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS, SO AS TO DEFINE THE TERM "CORRIDOR RIGHTS"; TO AMEND SECTION 58-27-620, RELATING TO SERVICE RIGHTS OF AND RESTRICTIONS ON ELECTRIC SUPPLIERS, SO AS TO PROVIDE PARAMETERS TO DETERMINE WHICH SUPPLIER MAY SERVE PREMISES THAT CONSIST OF MULTIPLE BUILDINGS, STRUCTURES, OR FACILITIES; TO AMEND SECTION 58-27-660, RELATING TO SERVICE RIGHTS OF AND RESTRICTIONS ON ELECTRIC SUPPLIERS, SO AS TO RECOGNIZE THE AUTHORITY OF THE COMMISSION TO ACT WHEN IT FINDS THAT AN ELECTRIC SUPPLIER IS NOT PROVIDING ADEQUATE AND DEPENDABLE SERVICE; TO AMEND SECTION 58-27-865, RELATING TO FUEL COST RECOVERY, SO AS TO INCLUDE IN THE DEFINITION OF "FUEL COST" CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS AND EMISSIONS ALLOWANCE COSTS INCURRED IN THE PRODUCTION OF ELECTRIC POWER AND TO ALLOW THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION BY ORDER TO ALLOW ADDITIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE DEFINITION; AND TO AMEND SECTION 58-27-1210, RELATING TO EXTENSIONS OF SERVICE BY ELECTRIC UTILITIES, DISTRIBUTION ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES AND CONSOLIDATED POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, TO DEFINE THOSE SITUATIONS IN WHICH SUCH ENTITIES MUST SEEK COMMISSION APPROVAL BEFORE CONSTRUCTION OF FACILITIES.

On motion of Senator VERDIN, with unanimous consent, the name of Senator VERDIN was added as a co-sponsor of S. 431.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

The following were introduced:

S. 480 (Word version) -- Senators Anderson and Fair: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 13, TITLE 24 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO PRISONERS, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS MAY AWARD GOOD CONDUCT CREDITS TO AN INMATE WHO PERFORMS A PARTICULARLY MERITORIOUS OR HUMANITARIAN ACT; AND TO AMEND SECTION 16-3-1530, TO PROVIDE FOR VICTIM NOTIFICATION IF THE OFFENDER RECEIVES GOOD TIME CREDITS FOR PERFORMING A PARTICULARLY MERITORIOUS OR HUMANITARIAN ACT.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

S. 481 (Word version) -- Senators Anderson and Fair: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 1, TITLE 24 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, TO ESTABLISH AN ORGAN AND TISSUE DONOR PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT, TO PROVIDE WHO AND IN WHAT MANNER DONATIONS MAY BE MADE, TO PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION REGARDING BONE MARROW DONATIONS MUST BE PROVIDED TO PRISONERS, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH TESTS OR PROCEDURES REQUIRED TO MAKE AN ORGAN DONATION, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH TRANSPORTATION OF A DONOR AND OPERATIONAL SECURITY, TO PROVIDE THAT PRISONERS MUST BE PROVIDED WITH DONOR FORMS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE ANATOMICAL GIFT ACT, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH APPROPRIATE MEDICAL AUTHORITIES, MUST PROMULGATE REGULATIONS AND ESTABLISH PROCEDURES TO FACILITATE PRISONER DONATIONS OF ORGANS, TISSUE, OR BONE MARROW, AND TO PROVIDE THAT ALL ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATIONS MADE PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION MUST BE ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Corrections and Penology.

S. 482 (Word version) -- Senators Vaughn, Knotts, Mescher, Thomas, Ryberg, Cromer and Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 20-7-1830 SO AS TO ESTABLISH THE ADOPTIONS PROCEDURE STUDY COMMITTEE, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP AND ITS SCOPE OF STUDY, AND TO REQUIRE THE COMMITTEE ANNUALLY TO REPORT ITS FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 483 (Word version) -- Senator Anderson: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO CONGRATULATE AND HONOR THE REVEREND O.T. HILL UPON THE OCCASION OF HIS TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY AS PASTOR OF BEAVERDAM BAPTIST CHURCH OF ENOREE IN LAURENS COUNTY.
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S. 484 (Word version) -- Senators Fair and Jackson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 59-113-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF INDEPENDENT INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING FOR PURPOSES OF PROVIDING TUITION GRANTS, SO AS TO INCLUDE IN THE DEFINITION AN INDEPENDENT BACHELOR'S LEVEL INSTITUTION CHARTERED BEFORE 1962 WHOSE MAJOR CAMPUS AND HEADQUARTERS ARE LOCATED WITHIN SOUTH CAROLINA.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Education.

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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 486 (Word version) -- Senator Hayes: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SUBARTICLE 9 TO ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 7, TITLE 20 SO AS TO ENACT THE "UNIFORM CHILD ABDUCTION PREVENTION ACT" TO PROVIDE A LEGAL MECHANISM TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM CREDIBLE RISKS OF ABDUCTION RELATED TO A LEGAL CUSTODY OR VISITATION.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 487 (Word version) -- Senator Malloy: A SENATE RESOLUTION HONORING MRS. PATTI AUSTIN FOR ALL OF HER CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MUSIC WORLD, THANKING HER FOR ALL THAT SHE HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE VARIOUS COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD, AND WISHING HER MUCH SUCCESS IN ALL OF HER FUTURE ENDEAVORS.
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H. 3561 (Word version) -- Reps. Brantley, Bowers, Breeland, Davenport, Hamilton, Harvin, Mitchell, Scarborough, Simrill, J. R. Smith and Stavrinakis: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO EXPRESS THE PROFOUND SORROW OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY UPON THE DEATH OF MR. RALPH TUTEN, MAYOR OF RIDGELAND, AND TO EXTEND THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS.

The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered returned to the House.

H. 3577 (Word version) -- Rep. Harvin: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO HONOR AND COMMEND THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE CLARENDON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ON THEIR MANY IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEIR COMMUNITY AND TO THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, AND TO RECOGNIZE THE OCCASION OF THE CLARENDON COUNTY CHAMBER'S VISIT TO COLUMBIA ON FEBRUARY 28, 2007 AS CLARENDON COUNTY CHAMBER AT THE CAPITOL DAY.

The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered returned to the House.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEE
Invitations Accepted

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the ALEC to attend a reception at the Clarion Town House on Tuesday, February 27, 2007, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC Governor's School for Math and Science Foundation to attend the 15th Annual Townes Award Dinner at the Columbia Convention Center on Tuesday, February 27, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC Association of Technical College Commissioners to attend a breakfast in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 A.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the Department of Archives and History to attend a luncheon at the top of the Meridian Building, 1320 Main Street, on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, from 12:00 until 2:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the Municipal Association of SC to attend a reception in the Carolina Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the College of Charleston to attend a reception honoring Dr. George Benson-President of the College of Charleston, at the Clarion Town House on Wednesday, February 28, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Association to attend a breakfast in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Thursday, March 1, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the Young Bankers to attend a reception at the Sterling Garden Center on Tuesday, March 6, 2007, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC Self Insurers Association to attend a breakfast in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 A.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the The ETV Endowment of SC to attend a catfish lunch at Murray Studios at ETV on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, from 12:00 until 2:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from South Carolina State University to attend a reception at the Clarion on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

Senator KNOTTS from the Committee on Invitations submitted a favorable report on:

An invitation from the SC Adult Education Directors to attend a breakfast - "Adult Education Day at The Capitol" in Room 221 Blatt Bldg. on Thursday, March 8, 2007, from 8:00 until 10:00 A.M.

Poll of the Invitations Committee
Polled 11; Ayes 11; Nays 0; Not Voting 0

AYES

Knotts                    Alexander                 Patterson
McGill                    Reese                     O'Dell
Elliott                   Ford                      Grooms
Verdin                    Campsen

Total--11

NAYS

Total--0

THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO A CALL OF THE UNCONTESTED LOCAL AND STATEWIDE CALENDAR.

The following Bills were read the third time and ordered sent to the House of Representatives:

S. 322 (Word version) -- Senators Hayes, Hawkins, Vaughn, Peeler, Leatherman, Leventis, O'Dell, McConnell, Cromer, Patterson, Knotts, Land, Mescher, Martin and Alexander: A BILL TO AMEND CHAPTER 114, TITLE 59, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD TUITION ASSISTANCE ACT, SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD COLLEGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ACT", TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS, TO PROVIDE FOR COLLEGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM GRANTS TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION, TO PROVIDE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO QUALIFY FOR THE GRANTS, TO PROVIDE FOR FUNDING TO BE APPROPRIATED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION SHALL PROMULGATE REGULATIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 59-111-75, RELATING TO THE LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM FOR MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD SERVING IN AREAS OF CRITICAL NEED, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM MAY NOT ACCEPT NEW PARTICIPANTS AND PROVIDE THAT MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD WHO HAVE RECEIVED LOANS BEFORE THE 2007-08 ACADEMIC YEAR MAY CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THEIR LOANS AND HAVE THEIR LOANS FORGIVEN PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS UNDER WHICH THE LOAN PROGRAM BEGAN; AND TO REPEAL ARTICLE 6, CHAPTER 111, TITLE 59, RELATING TO ONE-HALF TUITION FOR MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD.

The following Bills, having been read the second time, were ordered placed on the Third Reading Calendar:

S. 75 (Word version) -- Senators Ryberg, Bryant and Verdin: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 59-4-110 TO PROVIDE THAT THE SOUTH CAROLINA TUITION PREPAYMENT PROGRAM MAY NOT ACCEPT NEW PARTICIPANTS AND THE PROGRAM SHALL REMAIN IN OPERATION FOR EXISTING PARTICIPANTS.

S. 268 (Word version) -- Senators Alexander and Martin: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 33-56-30 AND 33-56-50, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO REGISTRATION AND ORGANIZATIONS EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION PURSUANT TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA SOLICITATION OF CHARITABLE FUNDS ACT, SO AS TO ALLOW CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS TO FILE THEIR ANNUAL REGISTRATION ON THE SAME DATE THAT FINANCIAL REPORTS PURSUANT TO THE ACT MUST BE FILED AND TO EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION PURSUANT TO THE ACT CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO NOT INTEND TO SOLICIT OR RECEIVE IN EXCESS OF SEVEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS DURING A CALENDAR YEAR WHETHER OR NOT THE FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES ARE CONDUCTED BY PROFESSIONAL SOLICITORS, PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISING COUNSEL, OR COMMERCIAL CO-VENTURERS.

H. 3063 (Word version) -- Reps. Delleney, Harrison, Simrill, Taylor, Davenport, Sandifer, Barfield, Owens, E.H. Pitts, Rice, Walker, Toole, Viers, M.A. Pitts, Vick, Littlejohn, Mahaffey, Haskins, Young, G.R. Smith, Shoopman, Witherspoon, Umphlett, Bedingfield, Cotty, Bingham, Mulvaney and Ballentine: A BILL TO RATIFY AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XVII OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS, BY ADDING SECTION 15 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT MARRIAGE BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN IS THE ONLY LAWFUL DOMESTIC UNION THAT IS VALID OR RECOGNIZED IN THIS STATE AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE OR ITS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS MAY NOT CREATE ANY OTHER DOMESTIC UNION AND MAY NOT RECOGNIZE A DOMESTIC UNION CREATED BY ANOTHER JURISDICTION.

S. 235 (Word version) -- Senators Hayes and Thomas: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 34-26-110, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA CREDIT UNION ACT, SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITIONS OF "DEPOSIT ACCOUNT" AND "SHARE ACCOUNT"; 34-26-350, RELATING TO THE PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS OF A CREDIT UNION, SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT THE CREDIT UNION MAY ESTABLISH AND CLOSE BRANCHES WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE BOARD OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS; 34-26-420, RELATING TO POWERS INCIDENTAL TO THE PURPOSE OF CREDIT UNIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE POWERS GRANTED BY STATE LAW OR REGULATION TO A STATE-CHARTERED CREDIT UNION NOT EXCEEDING THOSE FOR A FEDERALLY-INSURED FINANCIAL INSTITUTION; 34-26-500, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF MEMBERSHIP OF A CREDIT UNION, SO AS TO DELETE THE PROVISION THAT A CREDIT UNION PRESENTLY DOES NOT HAVE A CREDIT UNION SERVICE AVAILABLE, AND PROVIDE THAT THE BOARD APPROVAL IS NOT NECESSARY TO ADD GROUPS WITH NOT MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY POTENTIAL MEMBERS INSTEAD OF ONE HUNDRED; 34-26-605, RELATING TO THE BOARD OF A CREDIT UNION, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE BYLAWS MAY OFFER THE OPTION OF USING LOAN OFFICERS INSTEAD OF A CREDIT COMMITTEE; 34-26-750, RELATING TO THE OWNERSHIP INTERESTS IN SHARE ACCOUNTS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT CREDIT UNION BYLAWS MUST ESTABLISH MEMBERSHIP AND MEMBER'S RIGHT TO VOTE, OBTAIN LOANS, OR HOLD OFFICE; AND 34-26-860, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE LIMITATION ON THE SIZE OF LOAN SECURED BY REAL ESTATE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT LOAN TERMS FOR RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS MAY NOT EXCEED FORTY INSTEAD OF THIRTY YEARS, AND TO PROVIDE THAT LOANS FOR CERTIFIED APPRAISALS MUST BE THE SAME AS FOR STATE-CHARTERED BANKS.

THE CALL OF THE UNCONTESTED CALENDAR HAVING BEEN COMPLETED, THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO THE MOTION PERIOD.

Expression of Personal Interest

Senator McCONNELL rose for an Expression of Personal Interest.

Sense of the Senate Motion Adopted

Senator MARTIN moved that it be the Sense of the Senate that the President Pro Tempore and members of the Judiciary Committee, in conjunction with legal counsel, determine if it is proper that the Senate intervene with a Friend of the Court brief regarding the recent opinion awarding attorneys' fees in the case of Layman, et al, v. The State of South Carolina and the South Carolina Retirement System.

The Sense of the Senate motion was adopted.

On motion of Senator MARTIN, the Senate agreed to dispense with the Motion Period.