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A240, R321, S1070
Sponsors: Senator Grooms
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Introduced in the Senate on March 17, 2004
Introduced in the House on April 13, 2004
Passed by the General Assembly on May 7, 2004
Governor's Action: May 24, 2004, Signed
Summary: State Guard Week, first week of June
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3/17/2004 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-20 3/17/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on General SJ-20 3/24/2004 Senate Committee report: Favorable General SJ-13 3/25/2004 Scrivener's error corrected 4/6/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-28 4/7/2004 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-24 4/13/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-16 4/13/2004 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-16 5/5/2004 House Committee report: Favorable Judiciary HJ-3 5/6/2004 House Read second time HJ-87 5/6/2004 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day HJ-87 5/7/2004 House Read third time and enrolled HJ-1 5/19/2004 Ratified R 321 5/24/2004 Signed By Governor 5/27/2004 Copies available 5/27/2004 Effective date 05/24/04 6/10/2004 Act No. 240
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(A240, R321, S1070)
AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 53-3-165 SO AS TO DESIGNATE THE FIRST WEEK IN JUNE OF EACH YEAR AS SOUTH CAROLINA STATE GUARD WEEK IN SOUTH CAROLINA.
Whereas, the Military Department of the State of South Carolina is composed of four separate elements: the South Carolina Army National Guard; the South Carolina Air National Guard; the South Carolina State Guard; and the South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Division; and
Whereas, the origins of the South Carolina State Guard can be traced to the South Carolina Colonial Militia of Charles Towne Landing. First organized in 1670, the militia defended colonists from the Spanish and Native American Tribes; and
Whereas, the current mission of the state guard is to "organize, develop, train, and maintain a volunteer force within the military department to provide administrative, logistic, and environmental force multipliers for the military department"; and
Whereas, in a time of national emergency, should the national guard be called to service outside of the State, it is the responsibility of the state guard to assume the in-state duties and roles of the national guard which include assisting law enforcement in the preservation of law and order and providing security at vital installations; and
Whereas, in addition to providing emergency services, the state guard supports communities through the provision of color guards, military funerals, and assistance to law enforcement with traffic control at parades, festivals, and races; and
Whereas, given the vital role that the South Carolina State Guard has played and continues to play in meeting the security needs of the citizens of this State, it is fitting and proper for the members of the General Assembly to honor the men and women within its ranks by declaring the first week of June each year as South Carolina State Guard Week. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
State Guard Week
SECTION 1. Chapter 3, Title 53 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 53-3-165. The first week of June of each year is designated as South Carolina State Guard Week."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 19th day of May, 2004.
Approved the 24th day of May, 2004.
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