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A262, R261, H4319
Sponsors: Reps. Harrell, Clark, Bailey, Hinson, Altman, Vaughn, Battle, Cotty, Whipper, Taylor, Kirsh, Coates, Toole, Ballentine, Vick, Littlejohn, Sandifer, Mahaffey, Hardwick, Walker, R. Brown, Haley, McLeod, Ceips and Weeks
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 951, 3910
Introduced in the House on January 10, 2006
Introduced in the Senate on February 7, 2006
Last Amended on February 2, 2006
Passed by the General Assembly on March 21, 2006
Governor's Action: March 29, 2006, Signed
Summary: Flags flown at half-staff
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11/16/2005 House Prefiled 11/16/2005 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/10/2006 House Introduced and read first time HJ-29 1/10/2006 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-29 1/11/2006 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Walker 1/12/2006 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: R.Brown 1/17/2006 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Haley 1/24/2006 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: McLeod 1/31/2006 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Ceips 2/1/2006 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary HJ-8 2/2/2006 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Weeks 2/2/2006 House Amended HJ-24 2/2/2006 House Read second time HJ-26 2/2/2006 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day HJ-26 2/3/2006 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-2 2/6/2006 Scrivener's error corrected 2/7/2006 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-11 2/7/2006 Senate Referred to Committee on Finance SJ-11 3/15/2006 Senate Committee report: Favorable Finance SJ-19 3/16/2006 Senate Read second time SJ-11 3/21/2006 Senate Read third time and enrolled SJ-14 3/23/2006 Ratified R 261 3/29/2006 Signed By Governor 3/31/2006 Copies available 3/31/2006 Effective date 03/29/06 5/9/2006 Act No. 262
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(A262, R261, H4319)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 10-1-161, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF ON THE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING, SO AS TO PROVIDE WHEN FLAGS ATOP THE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING MUST BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF, PROVIDE THAT THE GOVERNOR MAY ORDER FLAGS FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF WHEN AN ACT OF CONGRESS OR A PRESIDENTIAL ORDER IS ISSUED ORDERING FLAGS ON FEDERAL BUILDINGS BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF, AND PROVIDE HOW THE FLAGS MUST BE RAISED AND LOWERED WHEN FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Flags flown at half-staff, condition, manner
SECTION 1. Section 10-1-161 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 207 of 2004, is further amended to read:
"Section 10-1-161. (A) On Memorial Day the flags, which are flown atop the State Capitol Building, must be displayed at half-staff until noon, then raised to the top of the staff.
(B) To honor and pay tribute to the following public officials the flags which are flown atop the State Capitol Building must be lowered to half-staff on the day on which funeral services are conducted for these public officials:
(1) current and past members of the United States Congress from the State of South Carolina;
(2) current constitutional officers of the State of South Carolina;
(3) former Governors and Lieutenant Governors of the State of South Carolina;
(4) current members of the South Carolina General Assembly;
(5) current members of the South Carolina Supreme Court; and
(6) current and former Presidents of the United States.
(C) As contained in this section, 'half-staff' means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff.
(D) In addition to the public officials enumerated in subsection (B), flags atop the State Capitol Building must be lowered to half-staff on the day when funeral services are conducted for members of the United States military services who were residents of South Carolina and who lost their lives in the line of duty while in combat.
(E) The flags atop the State Capitol Building must be flown at half-staff for a period of thirty days from the date of death of the President or a former President; for a period of ten days from the date of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice, or a retired Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, or the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives; and from the date of death through the date of interment of an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, or a secretary of a federal executive or military department, or a former Vice President.
(F) Upon the occurrence of an extraordinary event resulting in death or upon the death of a person of extraordinary stature, the Governor may order that the flags atop the State Capitol Building be lowered to half-staff at a designated time or for a designated period of time.
(G) The Governor may order the flags atop the State Capitol Building to be lowered to half-staff for the same designated time when an act of the United States Congress or a presidential order is issued to lower flags to half-staff over federal buildings.
(H) The flags atop the State Capitol Building, when flown at half-staff must first be hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flags must be again raised to the peak before they are lowered for the day."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 23rd day of March, 2006.
Approved the 29th day of March, 2006.
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