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61Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20010110Primary Sponsor: FordAll Sponsors: FordDrafted Document Number: l:\s-res\rf\021ball.jh.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJSubject: County, municipal ballot initiatives; to be requested by certain percent of voters; Elections, Political SubdivisionsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20010110 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee Versions of This Bill
TO AMEND SECTIONS 4-9-1210 AND 5-17-10 OF THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL BALLOT INITIATIVES, SO AS TO REQUIRE THAT A BALLOT INITIATIVE MUST BE REQUESTED BY AT LEAST FIVE PERCENT OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF A COUNTY AND AT LEAST TEN PERCENT OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS OF A MUNICIPALITY.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 4-9-1210 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 4-9-1210. The qualified electors of any county may propose any ordinance, except an ordinance appropriating money or authorizing the levy of taxes, and adopt or reject such ordinance at the polls. Any initiated ordinance may be submitted to the council by a petition signed by qualified electors of the county equal in number to at least
fifteen five percent of the qualified electors of the county."
SECTION 2. Section 5-17-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 5-17-10. The electors of a municipality may propose any ordinance, except an ordinance appropriating money or authorizing the levy of taxes. Any initiated ordinance may be submitted to the council by a petition signed by qualified electors of the municipality equal in number to at least
fifteen ten percent of the registered voters at the last regular municipal election and certified by the municipal election commission as being in accordance with the provisions of this section."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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