Current Status Bill Number:
82Type of Legislation: Joint Resolution JRIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19970114Primary Sponsor: RoseAll Sponsors: Rose and GieseDrafted Document Number: s-resResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJSubject: Secretary of State, office abolished; constitutional amendment
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19970114 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE VI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO OFFICES, BY ADDING SECTION 7A SO AS TO ABOLISH THE OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF STATE AND PROVIDE FOR ITS FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES TO BE DEVOLVED UPON THE GOVERNOR OR HIS DESIGNEE UNTIL THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY DIRECTS OTHERWISE BY LAW.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. It is proposed that Article VI of the Constitution of South Carolina, 1895, be amended by adding:
"Section 7A. Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 6 and 7 of this article and Section 12 of Article IV or any other provision of this Constitution, the office of Secretary of State is abolished six months after the date of ratification of this section. The functions and duties of the Secretary of State must be devolved upon the Governor or his designee until the General Assembly directs otherwise by general law."
SECTION 2. The proposed amendment 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 ballots:
"Must Article VI of the Constitution of this State be amended by adding Section 7A so as to abolish the office of Secretary of State within six months of ratification of this amendment and provide that the functions and duties of the office must be devolved upon the Governor or his designee until the General Assembly directs otherwise by law?
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'."