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AS PASSED BY THE SENATE
May 11, 2000
S. Printed 5/11/00--S.
Read the first time April 27, 1999.
TO AMEND CHAPTER 1 OF TITLE 2, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, BY ADDING SECTION 2-1-250, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT ANY ACTION BY A LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION OR A SINGLE BRANCH DELEGATION, CONCERNING STATEWIDE, REGIONAL, COUNTY, AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT MATTERS, WHICH IS NOT PROVIDED FOR IN THE STATE CONSTITUTION AND WHICH BY STATUTE OR RESOLUTION REQUIRES A VOTE OR DECISION, MUST UTILIZE WEIGHTED VOTING.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 1, Title 2 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 2-1-250. (A) For purposes of this section:
(1) 'delegation area' means the geographic area over which a legislative delegation or single branch delegation exercises authority. 'Delegation area' includes, but is not limited to, a county, a multi-county area, a judicial circuit, a United States Congressional district, or a statewide area;
(2) 'legislative delegation' means every member of the Senate and the House of Representatives whose district includes any portion of the delegation area;
(3) 'population' means the total number of people for a given geographic area as enumerated in the latest official United States Decennial Census used to establish the districts for the Senate and the House of Representatives;
(4) 'single branch delegation' means every member of a distinct branch of the General Assembly, as defined in Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution of South Carolina, as either the Senate or the House of Representatives, whose district includes any portion of the delegation area.
(B) Any action by any legislative delegation or single branch delegation which:
(1) is not provided for in the Constitution of South Carolina;
(2) is not related to the advice and consent authority of the respective body of each branch of the General Assembly; and
(3) by statute or resolution requires a vote or decision;
must utilize the weighted voting formula in subsection (C).
(C) The following calculations must be used to determine the weight of each vote of a delegation member:
(1) the number of residents in the delegation area which are represented by a member of the Senate must be divided by twice the total population of the delegation area;
(2) the number of residents in the delegation area represented by a member of the House of Representatives must be divided by twice the total population of the delegation area;
(3) the calculations in items (1) and (2) must be made to the fourth decimal place;
(4) to determine the weight of the vote for each member of the Senate and the House of Representatives, when voting as a legislative delegation, each calculation to the fourth decimal place in items (1) and (2) must be multiplied by one hundred;
(5) to determine the weight of the vote for each member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, when voting as a single branch delegation, each calculation to the fourth decimal place in either item (1) or (2) must be multiplied by two hundred;
(6) the numbers resulting from the calculations required by this subsection must not be rounded up or down."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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