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PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 1 OF ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE COURTS OF THIS STATE TO UPHOLD AND ADHERE TO THE LAW AS PROVIDED IN FEDERAL AND STATE CONSTITUTIONS OF CERTAIN LAWS, RULES, AND REGULATIONS; AND TO PROHIBIT CONSIDERATION OF CERTAIN LAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS, DECISIONS, CONVENTIONS, AND TREATIES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. It is proposed that Section 1, Article V of the Constitution of this State be amended to read:
"Section 1. (A) The judicial power
shall be is vested in a unified judicial system, which shall include includes a Supreme Court, a Court of Appeals, a Circuit Court, and such other courts of uniform jurisdiction as may be provided for by general law.
(B) The courts provided for in subsection (A), when exercising their judicial authority, shall uphold and adhere to the law as provided in the United States Constitution, the South Carolina Constitution, the United States Code and federal regulations promulgated pursuant to it, and the South Carolina statutes and rules adopted and regulations promulgated pursuant to it, and in doing so, shall rely only on those sources, and if necessary for the determination of a particular case, the laws, rules, regulations, and cases of another state of the United States, in making judicial decisions. The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider Sharia Law, international law, the constitutions, laws, rules, regulations, and decisions of courts or tribunals of other nations, or conventions or treaties, whether or not the United States is a party. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to all cases before the respective courts including, but not limited to, cases of first impression."
SECTION 2. The proposed amendment in Section 1 of this joint resolution must be submitted to the qualified electors at the next general election for representatives. Ballots must be provided at the various voting precincts with the following words printed or written on the ballot:
"Must Section 1, Article V of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to require the courts of this State to uphold and adhere to the law as provided in federal and state constitutions of certain laws, rules, and regulations; and to prohibit consideration of certain laws, rules, regulations, decisions, conventions, and treaties?
Those voting in favor of the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word 'Yes', and those voting against the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word 'No'."
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