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TO AMEND SECTION 2 - 1 - 180 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO ADJOURNMENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, TO CHANGE THE DATE FOR THE MANDATORY ADJOURNMENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FROM THE FIRST THURSDAY IN JUNE TO THE FIRST THURSDAY IN MAY, AND PROVIDE THAT IN ANY YEAR THAT THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FAILS TO GIVE THIRD READING TO THE APPROPRIATIONS BILL BY MARCH FIRST, RATHER THAN MARCH THIRTY FIRST, THE DATE OF ADJOURNMENT IS EXTENDED BY ONE STATEWIDE DAY FOR EACH STATEWIDE DAY AFTER MARCH FIRST, THAT THE HOUSE FAILS TO GIVE THE BILL THIRD READING.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 2 - 1 - 180 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 2 - 1 - 180. The regular annual session of the General Assembly shall adjourn sine die each year not later than
5:00 five o'clock p.m. on the first Thursday in June May. In any year that the House of Representatives fails to give third reading to the annual General Appropriation Bill general appropriations bill by March thirty first first, the date of sine die adjournment is extended by one statewide day for each statewide day after March thirty first first that the House of Representatives fails to give the bill third reading. The session also may also be extended by concurrent resolution adopted by a two-thirds vote of both the Senate and House of Representatives. During the time between 5:00 five o'clock p.m. on the first Thursday in June May and the extended sine die adjournment date, as set forth herein, no legislation or other business may be considered except the General Appropriation Bill general appropriations bill and any matters approved for consideration by a concurrent resolution adopted by two-thirds vote in both houses."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and first applies for the next annual regular session of the General Assembly.
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