South Carolina General Assembly
111th Session, 1995-1996

Bill 4581

                    Current Status

Bill Number:                    4581
Ratification Number:            289
Act Number:                     505
Type of Legislation:            General Bill GB
Introducing Body:               House
Introduced Date:                19960208
Primary Sponsor:                J. Harris
All Sponsors:                   J. Harris, Baxley and Jennings
Drafted Document Number:        gjk\22304sd.96
Date Bill Passed both Bodies:   19960228
Governor's Action:              U  Became law without signature of
Date of Governor's Action:      19960402
Subject:                        Chesterfield County Education


Body    Date      Action Description                       Com     Leg Involved
______  ________  _______________________________________  _______ ____________

------  19960829  Act No. A505
------  19960402  Unsigned, became law without
                  signature of Governor
------  19960326  Ratified R289
Senate  19960228  Read third time, enrolled for
Senate  19960227  Read second time, unanimous consent
                  for third reading on Wednesday,
Senate  19960215  Introduced, read first time,
                  placed on local and uncontested
                  Calendar without reference
House   19960214  Read third time, sent to Senate
House   19960213  Read second time
House   19960208  Introduced, read first time,
                  placed on Calendar without reference

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(A505, R289, H4581)


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

Manner of filling vacancies revised

SECTION 1. Section 1 of Act 205 of 1993 is amended to read:

"Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the District Board of Education of the Chesterfield County School District consists of nine members who must be elected in nonpartisan elections to be held at the same time as the general election in even-numbered years beginning in 1994 and also at a special election to be held on March 30, 1993, in the manner hereinafter provided. One member of the board must be a resident of and elected from each of the nine defined single-member election districts established in Section 2 of this act. Members of the board must be elected as follows:

(a) In 1993, a member of the board from District 1 must be elected for a one-year term and members of the board from Districts 2 and 9 must be elected for five-year terms.

(b) In 1994, members of the board from Districts 1 and 3 must be elected for four-year terms.

(c) In 1996, members of the board from Districts 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 must be elected for four-year terms.

(d) In 1998, members of the board from Districts 1, 2, 3, and 9 must be elected for four-year terms.

(e) After 1998, members of the board must be elected in nonpartisan elections held every two or four years thereafter as appropriate for four-year terms. All members shall serve until their successors are elected and qualify.

(f) The present members of the district board of education shall continue to serve until successors from the election districts in which the present members reside are elected in the manner provided by this act at which time the terms of office of these present members shall expire.

In the event of a vacancy on the board occurring for any reason other than expiration of a term, the board shall fill the vacancy by appointment by majority vote of its members until the next regular trustee election at which time the vacancy must be filled by election for the remainder of the unexpired term or for a full term as appropriate.

Each member of the board must be elected by the qualified electors of the respective district from which the candidate seeks election. All persons desiring to qualify as a candidate shall file written notice of candidacy with the county election commission, or with the clerk of court on forms furnished by the commission which forms must be transmitted to the commission by the clerk of court. This notice of candidacy must be a sworn statement and must include the candidate's name, age, residence address, voting precinct, period of residence in the election district from which election is sought, and other information as the county election commission requires. The filing period opens on the first Tuesday in September at noon to run for two weeks, except that for the 1993 election, the filing period opens on the first Tuesday in February at noon to run for two weeks.

The county commissioners of election shall conduct and supervise the elections for members of the board in the manner governed by the election laws of this State, mutatis mutandis. The commissioners shall prepare the necessary ballots, appoint managers for the voting precincts, and do all things necessary to carry out the elections, including the counting of ballots and declaring the results. The commission shall publish notices of the time, polling places, and purpose of the election in a newspaper of general circulation within the district once a week for at least two successive weeks before the election. The results of the elections must be determined by the nonpartisan election and runoff method as contained in Section 5-15-62 of the 1976 Code.

The members of the board elected in these nonpartisan elections shall take office one week following certification of their election as provided in Section 59-19-315 of the 1976 Code."

Time effective

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

Became law without the signature of the Governor -- 4/2/96.