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Sponsors: Senators Ritchie, McConnell, Campsen, Courson, Elliott, Richardson, Vaughn, Knotts and Fair
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Introduced in the Senate on January 9, 2007
Introduced in the House on January 31, 2007
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Judicial Merit Selection Commission
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/6/2006 Senate Prefiled 12/6/2006 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/9/2007 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-72 1/9/2007 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-72 1/17/2007 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Moore (ch), Ford, Mescher, Rankin, Scott 1/24/2007 Senate Committee report: Favorable Judiciary SJ-15 1/25/2007 Senate Read second time SJ-25 1/30/2007 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-12 1/31/2007 House Introduced and read first time HJ-17 1/31/2007 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-17
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January 24, 2007
Introduced by Senators Ritchie, McConnell, Campsen, Courson, Elliott, Richardson, Vaughn, Knotts and Fair
S. Printed 1/24/07--S.
Read the first time January 9, 2007.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 105) to amend Section 2-19-70, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to pledging, so as to prohibit a person or judicial candidate from directly, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
JOEL LOURIE for Committee.
EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:
The Senate and the House of Representatives indicate this bill will have no impact on the General Fund of the State or on federal and/or other funds.
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TO AMEND SECTION 2-19-70, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PLEDGING, SO AS TO PROHIBIT A PERSON OR JUDICIAL CANDIDATE FROM DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SEEKING THE PLEDGE OF A MEMBER OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY REGARDING SCREENING FOR ANY JUDICIAL OFFICE UNTIL THE QUALIFICATIONS OF ALL THE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN DETERMINED BY THE JUDICIAL MERIT SELECTION COMMISSION AND THE COMMISSION HAS FORMALLY RELEASED ITS REPORT.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Subsections (C) and (D) of Section 2-19-70 of the 1976 Code are amended to read:
candidate for judicial office person may directly or indirectly seek directly or indirectly the pledge of a member of the General Assembly's vote or, directly or indirectly, contact a member of the General Assembly regarding screening for the any judicial office until the qualifications of all candidates for that office have been determined by the Judicial Merit Selection Commission and the commission has formally released its report as to the qualifications of all candidates for the vacancy to the General Assembly. No member of the General Assembly may directly or indirectly offer his pledge to any person who plans to seek any judicial office or to any candidate until the qualifications of all candidates for that office have been determined by the Judicial Merit Selection Commission and until the commission has formally released its report as to the qualifications of its nominees to the General Assembly. The formal release of the report of qualifications shall occur no earlier than forty-eight hours after the nominees have been initially released to members of the General Assembly. For purposes of this section, indirectly seeking a pledge means the a person, a candidate, or someone acting on behalf of and at the request of the a person or a candidate, requesting a person someone to contact a member of the General Assembly on behalf of the a person or a candidate before nominations for that office are formally made by the commission. The prohibitions of this section do not extend to an announcement of candidacy by the candidate and statements by the candidate detailing the candidate's qualifications.
(D) No member of the General Assembly may trade anything of value, including pledges to vote for legislation or for other persons or candidates, in exchange for another member's pledge to vote for a candidate for judicial office."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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