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TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 2-1-240 SO AS TO ESTABLISH A MORATORIUM ON THE PLACEMENT OF NEW MONUMENTS ON THE STATEHOUSE GROUNDS AND IN THE STATEHOUSE, EXCEPT FOR THE SENATE CHAMBER AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CHAMBER; TO PROVIDE THAT TWO-THIRDS VOTE OF THE STATEHOUSE COMMITTEE IS REQUIRED TO LIFT THE MORATORIUM; TO PROVIDE THAT IF THE MORATORIUM IS LIFTED, A NEW MONUMENT MAY BE PLACED PURSUANT TO THIS ACT IF THE MONUMENT MEETS CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS OF HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OR MARKS A MILESTONE IN STATE HISTORY; AND TO PROVIDE THAT IN ORDER TO PLACE A NEW MONUMENT, A MAJORITY OF THE STATEHOUSE COMMITTEE MUST AGREE TO REVIEW PROPOSALS, A PROPOSAL MUST BE APPROVED BY TWO-THIRDS OF THE STATEHOUSE COMMITTEE, AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MUST ADOPT THE PROPOSAL BY CONCURRENT RESOLUTION.
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 2-1-240. (A) For the purposes of this section, 'monument' means a statue, bust, mural, portrait, or other memorial to a person or event venerated for its enduring historical significance.
(B) There is established a moratorium on the placement of additional monuments on the Statehouse grounds or in the Statehouse. The chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives are exempt from this moratorium. A two-thirds vote of the Statehouse Committee is required to lift the moratorium.
(C) If the moratorium is lifted, the Statehouse Committee may approve the placement of a new monument, pursuant to this section, if the monument represents enduring significant historical contributions, achievements, or accomplishments of a South Carolinian or a milestone in the State's history.
(D) To approve the placement of a new monument:
(1) a majority of the Statehouse Committee must vote to review proposals for the placement of a new monument. To be considered, a proposal must include:
(a) a detailed, written statement explaining the enduring historical significance of the proposed monument, including how the monument will represent the contributions, achievements, and accomplishments of a South Carolinian or a milestone in the State's history;
(b) an artist's rendering, scale model, or stamped architectural rendering of the proposed monument; and
(c) a detailed statement of the funding for the proposed monument and its installation;
(2) two-thirds of the Statehouse Committee must vote in favor of recommending placement of the monument to the General Assembly; and
(3) the General Assembly must adopt the proposal by Concurrent Resolution calling for the placement of the new monument."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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