Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 1220Primary Sponsor: StilwellCommittee Number: 11Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Sheriffs, election ofResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: JudiciaryComputer Document Number: JIC/5914.HCIntroduced Date: Jan 23, 1992Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: Jan 23, 1992Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: Stilwell Williams Nell W. Smith Bryan McConnell Robert W. Hayes Jr. Hinds Macaulay J. Verne Smith Matthews Pope Rose Moore Washington Helmly Drummond MitchellType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN ---- ------ ------------ ------------------------------ --- 1220 Senate Jan 23, 1992 Introduced, read first time, 11 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND SECTION 23-11-10, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE TIME OF THE ELECTION OF SHERIFFS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT SHERIFFS MUST BE ELECTED IN NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS HELD AT THE TIME OF THE GENERAL ELECTION; TO REQUIRE A SPECIAL ELECTION TO FILL A VACANCY FOR SHERIFF TO BE A NONPARTISAN ELECTION; TO PROVIDE FOR NOMINATION BY PETITIONS AND THE METHOD OF DECLARING THE RESULT; TO PROHIBIT CERTAIN POLITICAL ACTIVITY BY CANDIDATES FOR SHERIFF; AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR VIOLATIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 23-11-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 23-11-10. (A) There shall be an election for sheriff held in each county at the general election in each presidential election year. County sheriffs must be elected in nonpartisan elections held at the time of the general election. When a vacancy in the office of sheriff must be filled in a special election, this special election must be a nonpartisan election as provided in this section. Nomination for the office of sheriff is by petition as provided in Section 7-11-70. The results of elections for sheriff must be determined by the nonpartisan election and runoff election method prescribed in Section 5-15-62, mutatis mutandis.
(B) A candidate for election or re-election as sheriff may not:
(1) campaign as a member of a political party;
(2) publicly represent or advertise himself as a member of a political party;
(3) accept contributions from a political party;
(4) solicit contributions from a political party;
(5) accept or retain a place on a political party committee;
(6) make a contribution to a person, group, or organization for its endorsement;
(7) agree to pay all or a part of an advertisement sponsored by a person, group, or organization in which the candidate may be endorsed by the person, group, or organization.
(C) A person who violates the provisions of subsection (B) is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished as provided in Section 8-13-1520."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and applies with respect to elections and special elections for sheriff scheduled after 1992.