Current Status Bill Number:
865Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19980114Primary Sponsor: McConnellAll Sponsors: McConnell, Reese and MescherDrafted Document Number: jud9015.gfmResiding Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 25 HJDate of Last Amendment: 19980212Subject: Family court judges, election of; former member of General Assembly not allowed to be elected as
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19980217 Introduced, read first time, 25 HJ referred to Committee Senate 19980212 Amended, read third time, sent to House Senate 19980205 Read second time, notice of general amendments Senate 19980204 Committee report: Favorable 11 SJ Senate 19980114 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee Senate 19971215 Prefiled, referred to Committee 11 SJView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
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AS PASSED BY THE SENATE
February 12, 1998
S. Printed 2/12/98--S.
Read the first time January 14, 1998.
TO AMEND SECTION 20-7-1370, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO QUALIFICATIONS OF FAMILY COURT JUDGES, SO AS TO DELETE A PROVISION ALLOWING A FORMER MEMBER OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO BE ELECTED TO A FAMILY COURT JUDGESHIP NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The first paragraph of Section 20-7-1370(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Part III, Section 3 of Act No. 391 of 1996, is further amended to read:
"A. No person shall be eligible to the office of family court judge who is not at the time of his assuming the duties of such the office a citizen of the United States and of this State, and has not attained the age of thirty-two years, has not been a licensed attorney at law for at least eight years, and has not been a resident of this State for five years next preceding his election, and is not a resident of the circuit wherein the family court of which he is a judge is located. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any former member of the General Assembly may be elected to the office of family court judge."
SECTION 2. Section 20-7-420 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act No. 71, Section 39 of 1997, is further amended by adding a new subitem at the end to read:
"( ) to order sibling visitation where the court finds it is in the best interest of the children."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.