South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014

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A146, R154, S405

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senator L. Martin
Document Path: l:\council\bills\dka\3083sd13.docx

Introduced in the Senate on February 20, 2013
Introduced in the House on April 9, 2013
Last Amended on February 27, 2014
Passed by the General Assembly on March 20, 2014
Governor's Action: April 7, 2014, Signed

Summary: Administrative Law Judges

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   2/20/2013  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 18)
   2/20/2013  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 18)
   2/22/2013  Senate  Referred to Subcommittee: Rankin (ch), Malloy, S.Martin
   3/20/2013  Senate  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 14)
   3/21/2013  Senate  Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 39)
   3/21/2013  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 39)
   3/21/2013  Senate  Roll call Ayes-38  Nays-3 (Senate Journal-page 39)
    4/9/2013  Senate  Read third time and sent to House 
                        (Senate Journal-page 17)
    4/9/2013  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 55)
    4/9/2013  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 55)
   5/30/2013  House   Committee report: Favorable Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 8)
    6/4/2013  House   Requests for debate-Rep(s). Sellers, JE Smith, 
                        Rutherford, Neal, King, McEachern, Sabb, Gambrell, 
                        Thayer, Gagnon, Bannister, RL Brown, Anderson, Douglas 
                        (House Journal-page 17)
   1/15/2014  House   Debate adjourned until Tues., 1-21-14 
                        (House Journal-page 54)
    2/6/2014  House   Debate adjourned until Wed., 2-19-14 
                        (House Journal-page 32)
   2/19/2014  House   Amended (House Journal-page 22)
   2/19/2014  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 22)
   2/19/2014  House   Roll call Yeas-108  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 24)
   2/20/2014  House   Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments 
                        (House Journal-page 60)
   2/25/2014  Senate  Recommitted to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 42)
   2/26/2014  Senate  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 13)
   2/27/2014  Senate  House amendment amended (Senate Journal-page 40)
   2/27/2014  Senate  Returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 40)
   3/19/2014  House   Debate adjourned until Thur., 3-20-14 
                        (House Journal-page 18)
   3/20/2014  House   Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled 
                        (House Journal-page 28)
   3/20/2014  House   Roll call Yeas-72  Nays-27 (House Journal-page 29)
    4/3/2014          Ratified R 154
    4/7/2014          Signed By Governor
    4/9/2014          Effective date 04/07/14
   4/14/2014          Act No. 146

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

2/20/2013
3/20/2013
3/21/2013
5/30/2013
2/19/2014
2/26/2014
2/27/2014

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NOTE: THIS COPY IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL PUBLISHED IN THE ADVANCE SHEETS TO THE ACTS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS. WHEN THIS DOCUMENT IS PUBLISHED IN THE ADVANCE SHEET, THIS NOTE WILL BE REMOVED.

(A146, R154, S405)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 1-23-560, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE APPLICATION OF THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT TO ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES AND THE ENFORCEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF THESE RULES BY THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION, SO AS TO PROVIDE INSTEAD THAT THE COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT, UNDER AUTHORITY OF THE SUPREME COURT, SHALL HANDLE COMPLAINTS AGAINST ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES FOR POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT IN THE SAME MANNER AS COMPLAINTS AGAINST OTHER JUDGES.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Complaints against administrative law judges

SECTION    1.    Section 1-23-560 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 334 of 2008, is further amended to read:

"Section 1-23-560.    Administrative law judges are bound by the Code of Judicial Conduct, as contained in Rule 501 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules. The sole grounds for discipline and sanctions for administrative law judges are those contained in the Code of Judicial Conduct in Rule 502, Rule 7 of the South Carolina Appellate Court Rules. The Commission on Judicial Conduct, under the authority of the Supreme Court, shall handle complaints against administrative law judges for possible violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct in the same manner as complaints against other judges. Notwithstanding another provision of law, an administrative law judge and the judge's spouse or guest may accept an invitation to attend a judicial-related or bar-related function, or an activity devoted to the improvement of the law, legal system, or the administration of justice."

Time effective

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 3rd day of April, 2014.

Approved the 7th day of April, 2014.

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