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Session 119 (2011-2012) 

H*3152Next(Rat #0204, Act #0289 of 2012)  Joint Resolution, By Young, Daning, 
Harrison, Allison, G.R. Smith, Stringer, Taylor, Forrester, Hamilton, Murphy, 
G.M. Smith, Bingham, Long, Patrick, Viers, Funderburk, Horne, Willis, Weeks, 
Pope, Simrill, Clemmons, Harrell, Bedingfield and Edge

Similar(S 16, S 24, S 147, S 169) A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 8, ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE ELECTION, QUALIFICATIONS, AND TERM OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MUST BE ELECTED JOINTLY WITH THE GOVERNOR IN A MANNER PRESCRIBED BY LAW; BY ADDING SECTION 37 TO ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE SENATE SHALL ELECT FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS A PRESIDENT TO PRESIDE OVER THE SENATE AND TO PERFORM OTHER DUTIES AS PROVIDED BY LAW; TO DELETE SECTIONS 9 AND 10 OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE, RELATING TO THE SERVICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AS PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND, WHILE PRESIDING IN THE SENATE, HAVING NO VOTE, UNLESS THE SENATE IS EQUALLY DIVIDED, SO AS TO DELETE INCONSISTENT PROVISIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 11 OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE, RELATING TO THE DEATH, RESIGNATION, OR REMOVAL OF THE GOVERNOR UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, SO AS TO INCLUDE THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IN THE PURVIEW OF THE SECTION; TO AMEND SECTION 12 OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE, RELATING TO THE DISABILITY OF THE GOVERNOR, SO AS TO CONFORM APPROPRIATE REFERENCES; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE BECOME EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2018 GENERAL ELECTION. - ratified title 12/07/10 House Prefiled 12/07/10 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 01/11/11 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 65) 01/11/11 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 65) 01/12/11 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Long 01/19/11 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Patrick, Viers 02/08/11 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Funderburk 02/16/11 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Horne 02/16/11 House Committee report: Favorable Judiciary (House Journal-page 4) 02/17/11 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Willis, Weeks 02/17/11 Scrivener's error corrected 02/22/11 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Pope, Simrill, Clemmons 02/22/11 House Debate adjourned until Tuesday, March 1, 2011 (House Journal-page 33) 02/24/11 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Harrell 03/01/11 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Bedingfield 03/02/11 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Edge 03/02/11 House Requests for debate-Rep(s). Young, Ott, Delleney, Hixon, JR Smith, Taylor, Weeks, Hearn, Hosey, and Allison (House Journal-page 36) 03/02/11 House Read second time (House Journal-page 114) 03/02/11 House Roll call Yeas-106 Nays-6 (House Journal-page 114) 03/03/11 House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 31) 03/03/11 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 15) 03/03/11 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 15) 03/14/11 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: L.Martin (ch), Ford, Hutto, Campsen, Campbell, S.Martin, Scott 04/20/11 Senate Committee report: Majority favorable with amend., minority unfavorable Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 11) 04/21/11 Scrivener's error corrected 04/26/11 Senate Minority Report Removed (Senate Journal-page 36) 03/29/12 Senate Special order, set for March 29, 2012 (Senate Journal-page 46) 03/29/12 Senate Roll call Ayes-35 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 46) 04/18/12 Senate Debate interrupted (Senate Journal-page 55) 04/19/12 Senate Debate interrupted (Senate Journal-page 66) 04/25/12 Senate Debate interrupted (Senate Journal-page 36) 04/26/12 Senate Committee Amendment Amended and Adopted (Senate Journal-page 95) 04/26/12 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 95) 04/26/12 Senate Roll call Ayes-34 Nays-1 (Senate Journal-page 95) 04/27/12 Scrivener's error corrected 05/02/12 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments (Senate Journal-page 34) 05/08/12 House Debate adjourned until Wed., 05-09-12 (House Journal-page 27) 05/09/12 House Debate adjourned until Tues., 05-15-12 (House Journal-page 29) 05/15/12 House Debate adjourned until Wed., 05-16-12 (House Journal-page 24) 05/16/12 House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled (House Journal-page 21) 05/16/12 House Roll call Yeas-97 Nays-16 (House Journal-page 22) 05/23/12 Ratified R 204 05/23/12 No signature required 05/31/12 Effective date 05/23/12 09/05/12 Act No. 289




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(A289, R204, H3152)

A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 8, ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE ELECTION, QUALIFICATIONS, AND TERM OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MUST BE ELECTED JOINTLY WITH THE GOVERNOR IN A MANNER PRESCRIBED BY LAW; BY ADDING SECTION 37 TO ARTICLE III OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE SENATE SHALL ELECT FROM AMONG ITS MEMBERS A PRESIDENT TO PRESIDE OVER THE SENATE AND TO PERFORM OTHER DUTIES AS PROVIDED BY LAW; TO DELETE SECTIONS 9 AND 10 OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE, RELATING TO THE SERVICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AS PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE AND, WHILE PRESIDING IN THE SENATE, HAVING NO VOTE, UNLESS THE SENATE IS EQUALLY DIVIDED, SO AS TO DELETE INCONSISTENT PROVISIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 11 OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE, RELATING TO THE DEATH, RESIGNATION, OR REMOVAL OF THE GOVERNOR UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, SO AS TO INCLUDE THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR IN THE PURVIEW OF THE SECTION; TO AMEND SECTION 12 OF ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE, RELATING TO THE DISABILITY OF THE GOVERNOR, SO AS TO CONFORM APPROPRIATE REFERENCES; AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE IV OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS STATE BECOME EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2018 GENERAL ELECTION.

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

Constitutional amendment proposed, Lieutenant Governor

SECTION    1.    A.        It is proposed that Section 8, Article IV of the Constitution of this State be amended to read:

"Section    8.    (A)    A Lieutenant Governor must be chosen at the same time, in the same manner, continue in office for the same period, and be possessed of the same qualifications as the Governor.

(B)    Beginning with the general election of 2018, a person seeking the office of Governor in any manner that a person's name may appear on the ballot as a candidate for that office, and before that person's name is certified to appear on the ballot for the general election, shall select a qualified elector to serve as Lieutenant Governor.

(C)    All candidates for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor must be elected jointly in a manner prescribed by law so that each voter casts a single vote to elect a candidate for the office of Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

(D)    The General Assembly shall provide by law the manner in which a candidate for Lieutenant Governor is selected."

B.        It is proposed that Article III of the Constitution of this State be amended by adding:

"Section    37.    The Senate shall, as soon as practicable after the convening of the General Assembly in 2019 and every four years thereafter, elect from among the members thereof a President to preside over the Senate and to perform other duties as provided by law."

C.        It is proposed that Article IV of the Constitution of this State be amended by deleting Section 9 which reads:

"Section    9.    The Senate shall as soon as practicable after the convening of the General Assembly choose a President Pro Tempore to act in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor. A member of the Senate acting as Lieutenant Governor shall thereupon vacate his seat and another person shall be elected in his stead."

D.        It is proposed that Article IV of the Constitution of this State be amended by deleting Section 10, which reads:

"Section    10.    The Lieutenant Governor shall be President of the Senate, ex officio, and while presiding in the Senate, shall have no vote, unless the Senate be equally divided."

E.        It is proposed that Section 11, Article IV of the Constitution of this State be amended to read:

"Section    11.    In the case of the removal of the Governor from office by impeachment, death, resignation, disqualification, disability, or removal from the State, the Lieutenant Governor shall be Governor. In case the Governor be impeached, the Lieutenant Governor shall act in his stead and have his powers until judgment in the case shall have been pronounced. In the case of the temporary disability of the Governor and in the event of the temporary absence of the Governor from the State, the Lieutenant Governor shall have full authority to act in an emergency. In the case of the removal of the Lieutenant Governor from office by impeachment, death, resignation, disqualification, disability, or removal from the State, the Governor shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the Senate, a successor to fulfill the unexpired term."

F.        It is proposed that Section 12, Article IV of the Constitution of this State be amended to read:

"Section    12.    (1)    Whenever the Governor transmits to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Lieutenant Governor as acting Governor.

(2)    Whenever a majority of the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Comptroller General, and the State Treasurer, or of such other body as the General Assembly may provide, transmits to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives a written declaration that the Governor is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Lieutenant Governor shall forthwith assume the powers and duties of the office as acting Governor.

Thereafter, if the Governor transmits to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no such inability exists, he shall forthwith resume the powers and duties of his office unless a majority of the above members or of such other body, whichever the case may be, transmits within four days to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the Governor is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon, the General Assembly shall forthwith consider and decide the issue, and if not in session, it shall assemble within forty-eight hours for the sole purpose of deciding such issue. If the General Assembly, within twenty-one days, excluding Sundays, after the first day it meets to decide the issue, determines by two-thirds vote of each House that the Governor is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Lieutenant Governor shall continue to discharge the same as acting Governor; otherwise, the Governor shall resume the powers and duties of his office."

G.        It is proposed that the amendments proposed to Article IV of the Constitution of this State become effective for the general election of 2018 and the organization of the Senate to take place following the general election of 2018.

Question

SECTION    2.    The proposed amendments in SECTION 1 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:

"Beginning with the general election of 2018, must Section 8 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State be amended to provide that the Lieutenant Governor must be elected jointly with the Governor in a manner prescribed by law; and upon the joint election to add Section 37 to Article III of the Constitution of this State to provide that the Senate shall elect from among the members thereof a President to preside over the Senate and to perform other duties as provided by law; to delete Sections 9 and 10 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State containing inconsistent provisions providing that the Lieutenant Governor is President of the Senate, ex officio, and while presiding in the Senate, has no vote, unless the Senate is equally divided; to amend Section 11 to provide that the Governor shall fill a vacancy in the Office of Lieutenant Governor by appointing a successor with the advice and consent of the Senate; and to amend Section 12 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State to conform appropriate references?

Yes    []

No    []

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'."

Ratified the 23rd day of May, 2012.

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