South Carolina General Assembly
122nd Session, 2017-2018
Journal of the Senate

                                                  NO. 18

JOURNAL

OF THE

SENATE

OF THE

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

REGULAR SESSION BEGINNING TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
(Statewide Session)

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

The Senate assembled at 11:45 A.M., the hour to which it stood adjourned, and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

A quorum being present, the proceedings were opened with a devotion by the Chaplain as follows:

Ezekiel 47:6

God spoke to Ezekiel saying: "Mortal, have you seen this? Then he led Ezekiel back along the bank of the river."

Let us pray. Gracious God, we marvel at the beauty of Your creation and the water that gives life to all living creatures. Like Ezekiel, we need to walk along the banks of a river and experience the serenity and wonder of a stream or river rushing towards the sea. These waterways have been enjoyed for thousands of years by all the inhabitants of this land.

May the Senators here continue their resolve to preserve and protect this state treasure for the enjoyment of generations to come. We rejoice, O God, that we live in a country where our elective officials can truly make a difference in the preservation of our natural resources. We offer this prayer of thanksgiving in Your holy name, Amen.

The PRESIDENT called for Petitions, Memorials, Presentments of Grand Juries and such like papers.

CORRECTION TO THE JOURNAL

The following Statewide Reappointment was inadvertently listed with an incorrect term from the Journal of Thursday, February 1, 2018 and is corrected as follows:

Statewide Appointment

Reappointment, Chief of South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, with the term to commence January 31, 2018, and to expire January 31, 2024
Mark Keel, State Law Enforcement Division
4400 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210

Referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Point of Quorum

At 11:51 A.M., Senator LEATHERMAN made the point that a quorum was not present. It was ascertained that a quorum was not present.

Call of the Senate

Senator LEATHERMAN moved that a Call of the Senate be made. The following Senators answered the Call:

Alexander                 Allen                     Bennett
Campbell                  Campsen                   Cash
Corbin                    Davis                     Gambrell
Goldfinch                 Gregory                   Hutto
Johnson                   Leatherman                Malloy
Martin                    Massey                    Matthews, John
Matthews, Margie          McElveen                  McLeod
Peeler                    Rankin                    Rice
Sabb                      Setzler                   Shealy
Timmons                   Turner                    Williams
Young

A quorum being present, the Senate resumed.

Motion Adopted

On motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, the Senate agreed that the Senate would reconvene 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Joint Assembly.

RECESS

At 11:55 A.M., on motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, the Senate receded from business for the purpose of attending the Joint Assembly.

JOINT ASSEMBLY
Elections

At 12:00 Noon, the Senate appeared in the Hall of the House.

The PRESIDENT of the Senate called the Joint Assembly to order and announced that it had convened under the terms of a Concurrent Resolution adopted by both Houses.

S. 780 (Word version) -- Senators Rankin, Young, Sabb, Peeler, Alexander, Scott and Verdin: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO FIX NOON ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018, AS THE TIME TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT, SEAT 3, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JULY 31, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS, SEAT 8, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, UPON HIS ELECTION TO THE SUPREME COURT, SEAT 1, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL SERVE THE REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM, WHICH EXPIRES ON JUNE 30, 2018, AND THE SUBSEQUENT FULL TERM WHICH WILL EXPIRE JUNE 30, 2024; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, FIFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 1, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, UPON HIS RETIREMENT ON OR BEFORE JUNE 30, 2018, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL SERVE A NEW TERM OF THAT OFFICE, WHICH EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2024; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 1, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 4, UPON HIS ELECTION TO THE COURT OF APPEALS, SEAT 9, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL SERVE THE REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM, WHICH EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2022; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 1, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, SIXTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 1, UPON HIS RETIREMENT ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2017, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL SERVE THE REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM, WHICH EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2022; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, AT-LARGE, SEAT 9, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL SERVE THE REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM, WHICH EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2021; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE FAMILY COURT, SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, UPON HER RETIREMENT ON OR BEFORE JULY 1, 2018, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL FILL THE UNEXPIRED TERM OF THAT OFFICE, WHICH EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2019; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE FAMILY COURT, THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 1, UPON HIS ELECTION TO THE CIRCUIT COURT, AT-LARGE, SEAT 1, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL FILL THE REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM, WHICH EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2022; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE FAMILY COURT, SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, UPON HIS RETIREMENT ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2017, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL SERVE THE REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM, WHICH EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2020; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE FAMILY COURT, EIGHTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 1, UPON HIS RETIREMENT ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2017, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL SERVE THE REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM, WHICH EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2019; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE FAMILY COURT, ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, UPON HER RETIREMENT ON OR BEFORE JULY 8, 2017, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL SERVE THE REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM, WHICH EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2019; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE FAMILY COURT, TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, SEAT 2, UPON HIS RETIREMENT ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2018, AND THE SUCCESSOR WILL SERVE THE REMAINDER OF THE UNEXPIRED TERM, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2019; TO ELECT A SUCCESSOR TO A CERTAIN JUDGE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW COURT, SEAT 5, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; AND AS THE DATE TO MEET IN JOINT SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF FRANCIS MARION UNIVERSITY, FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, SEAT 5, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2018; TO ELECT A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, SEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, MEDICAL SEAT, FOR A TERM WHICH WILL EXPIRE JUNE 30, 2020; TO ELECT A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, FOR A TERM WHICH WILL EXPIRE JUNE 30, 2020; AND TO ELECT A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF WINTHROP UNIVERSITY, FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, SEAT 4, FOR A TERM WHICH WILL EXPIRE JUNE 30, 2022.

Election of a Justice, Supreme Court, Seat 3

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Justice, Supreme Court, Seat 3.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable John W. Kittredge had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable John W. Kittredge in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable John W. Kittredge was elected to the position Justice, Supreme Court, Seat 3 for the term to expire July 31, 2028.

Election of a Court of Appeals Judge, Seat 8

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Court of Appeals, Seat 8.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Thomas E. Huff had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable Thomas E. Huff in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Thomas E. Huff was elected to the position of Judge, Court of Appeals, Seat 8 for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 3rd Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Kristi Fisher Curtis, Ryan Kirk Grifin and Timothy Ward Murphy had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. the names of Timothy Ward Murphy and Ryan Kirk Grifin were withdrawn from consideration.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable Kristi Fisher Curtis in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Kristi Fisher Curtis was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2018 and the subsequent full term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 4th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 4th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Roger E. Henderson had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable Roger E. Henderson in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Roger E. Henderson was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 4th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2. for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 5th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable L. Casey Manning had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable L. Casey Manning in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable L. Casey Manning was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 5th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 7th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Grace Gilchrist Knie had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable Grace Gilchrist Knie in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Grace Gilchrist Knie was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 7th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 8th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 .

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Eugene Cannon Griffith, Jr. had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable Eugene Cannon Griffith, Jr. in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Eugene Cannon Griffith, Jr. was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 10th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable R. Scott Sprouse had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable R. Scott Sprouse in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable R. Scott Sprouse was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 10th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable William Paul Keesley had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable William Paul Keesley in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable William Paul Keesley was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1 for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that Kyliene Lee Keesley, Robert Michael Madsen and Walton J. McLeod IV had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. the names of Kyliene Lee Keesley and Robert Michael Madsen were withdrawn from consideration.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of Walton J. McLeod IV in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Walton J. McLeod IV was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 12th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Michael Nettles had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable Michael Nettles in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Michael Nettles was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 12th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1 for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 13th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 13th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Letitia Hamilton Verdin had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Letitia Hamilton Verdin in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Letitia Hamilton Verdin was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 13th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 13th Judicial Circuit, Seat 4

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 13th Judicial Circuit, Seat 4.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Alex Kinlaw, Jr., John (Jack) Patrick Riordan and the Honorable Jessica Ann Salvini had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. the names of John (Jack) Patrick Riordan and the Honorable Jessica Ann Salvini were withdrawn from consideration.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable Alex Kinlaw, Jr. in nomination, moved that the nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Alex Kinlaw, Jr. was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 13th Judicial Circuit, Seat 4 for the term to expire June 30, 2022.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 14th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 14th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Perry McPherson Buckmer III had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable Perry McPherson Buckmer III in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Perry McPherson Buckmer III was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 14th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1 for the term to expire June 30, 2024.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, 16th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 16th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that Bryson John Barrowclough, Lisa G. Collins and William Angus McKinnon had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. the name of Bryson John Barrowclough was withdrawn from consideration.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senator voted for Collins:

Gregory

Total--1

The following named Senators voted for McKinnon:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campbell               Campsen                Cash
Climer                 Corbin                 Cromer
Davis                  Fanning                Gambrell
Goldfinch              Grooms                 Hembree
Hutto                  Jackson                Johnson
Kimpson                Leatherman             Malloy
Martin                 Massey                 Matthews, John
Matthews, Margie       McElveen               Nicholson
Peeler                 Rankin                 Reese
Rice                   Sabb                   Senn
Setzler                Shealy                 Sheheen
Talley                 Timmons                Turner
Verdin                 Williams               Young

Total--42

On the motion of Rep. Rutherford, with unanimous consent, the members of the House voted by electronic roll call.

The following named Representatives voted for Collins:

Anthony                Brawley                Cobb-Hunter
Davis                  Douglas                Govan
Hayes                  Henderson-Myers        Henegan
Hill                   Howard                 King
Kirby                  Mack                   McEachern
Norrell                Pendarvis              Ridgeway
M. Rivers              Thigpen

Total--20

The following named Representatives voted for McKinnon:

Allison                Arrington              Atkinson
Bales                  Ballentine             Bamberg
Bannister              Bennett                Bernstein
Blackwell              Bowers                 Bradley
Brown                  Bryant                 Burns
Caskey                 Chumley                Clary
Clemmons               Cogswell               Collins
Crawford               Crosby                 Daning
Delleney               Dillard                Duckworth
Elliott                Erickson               Felder
Finlay                 Forrest                Forrester
Fry                    Funderburk             Gagnon
Gilliard               Hamilton               Hardee
Hart                   Henderson              Herbkersman
Hewitt                 Hiott                  Hixon
Hosey                  Huggins                Jefferson
Johnson                Jordan                 Knight
Loftis                 Long                   Lowe
Lucas                  Mace                   Magnuson
Martin                 McCoy                  McCravy
McGinnis               McKnight               D. C. Moss
V. S. Moss             B. Newton              W. Newton
Ott                    Pitts                  Putnam
S. Rivers              Robinson-Simpson       Rutherford
Sandifer               Simrill                G. M. Smith
G. R. Smith            Sottile                Spires
Stavrinakis            Tallon                 Taylor
Thayer                 Toole                  Trantham
Weeks                  West                   Wheeler
White                  Whitmire               Williams
Young                  Yow

Total--92

RECAPITULATION

Total number of Senators voting   43
Total number of Representatives voting   112
Grand Total   155
Necessary to a choice   78
Of which Collins received   21
Of which McKinnon received   134

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable William Angus McKinnon was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, 16th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1 for the term to expire June 30, 2022.

Election of a Circuit Court Judge, At-Large, Seat 9

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, at-large, Seat 9.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that Jerome P. Askins III, the Honorable Jennifer Blanchard McCoy and Grady L. Patterson III had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. the names of Grady L. Patterson III and Jerome P. Askins III were withdrawn from consideration.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable Jennifer Blanchard McCoy in nomination, moved that the nominations be closed and, asked unanimous consent that the vote be taken by acclamation.

Senator MARTIN objected and a roll call was ordered.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campbell               Campsen                Climer
Corbin                 Cromer                 Davis
Fanning                Gambrell               Goldfinch
Gregory                Grooms                 Hembree
Hutto                  Jackson                Johnson
Kimpson                Leatherman             Malloy
Massey                 Matthews, John         Matthews, Margie
McElveen               Nicholson              Peeler
Rankin                 Reese                  Rice
Sabb                   Scott                  Senn
Setzler                Shealy                 Sheheen
Talley                 Timmons                Turner
Verdin                 Williams               Young

Total--42

The following named Senator voted in the negative:

Martin

Total--1

On the motion of Rep. Rutherford, with unanimous consent, the members of the House voted by electronic roll call.

The following named Representatives voted in the affirmative:

Alexander              Anthony                Arrington
Atkinson               Atwater                Bales
Ballentine             Bamberg                Bannister
Bennett                Bernstein              Blackwell
Bowers                 Bradley                Brawley
Brown                  Bryant                 Clary
Clemmons               Clyburn                Cobb-Hunter
Cogswell               Cole                   Crawford
Crosby                 Daning                 Davis
Delleney               Dillard                Douglas
Duckworth              Elliott                Erickson
Forrest                Forrester              Fry
Funderburk             Gagnon                 Gilliard
Govan                  Hamilton               Hardee
Hart                   Hayes                  Henderson
Henderson-Myers        Henegan                Herbkersman
Hewitt                 Hiott                  Hixon
Hosey                  Howard                 Huggins
Jefferson              Johnson                Jordan
King                   Kirby                  Knight
Lowe                   Lucas                  Mace
Mack                   Martin                 McCravy
McEachern              McGinnis               McKnight
V. S. Moss             Murphy                 B. Newton
W. Newton              Norrell                Ott
Parks                  Pendarvis              Pitts
Pope                   Putnam                 Ridgeway
M. Rivers              S. Rivers              Robinson-Simpson
Rutherford             Simrill                G. M. Smith
G. R. Smith            Sottile                Spires
Stavrinakis            Taylor                 Thayer
Thigpen                Toole                  Trantham
Weeks                  West                   Wheeler
Williams               Young                  Yow

Total--102

RECAPITULATION

Total number of Senators voting   43
Total number of Representatives voting   102
Grand Total   145
Necessary to a choice   73
Ayes   144
Nays   1

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Jennifer Blanchard McCoy was elected to the position of Judge, Circuit Court, at-large, Seat 9 for the term to expire June 30, 2021.

Election of a Family Court Judge, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Family Court, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that Angela W. Abstance had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of Angela W. Abstance in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Angela W. Abstance was elected to the position of Judge, Family Court, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2019.

Election of a Family Court Judge, 3rd Judicial Circuit, Seat 1

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Family Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, Seat 1.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that Thomas Murray Bultman, Edgar Robert Donnald Jr. and Ernest Joseph Jarrett had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. the names of Edgar Robert Donnald Jr. and Ernest Joseph Jarrett were withdrawn from consideration.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of Thomas Murray Bultman in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Thomas Murray Bultman was elected to the position of Judge, Family Court, 3rd Judicial Circuit, Seat 1 for the term to expire June 30, 2022.

Election of a Family Court Judge, 6th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Family Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that Catherine S. Hendrix and Debra A. Matthews had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. the name of Catherine S. Hendrix was withdrawn from consideration.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of Debra A. Matthews in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Debra A. Matthews was elected to the position of Judge, Family Court, 6th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2020.

Election of a Family Court Judge, 8th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Family Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Bryan C. Able, Ashley Phillips Case and Matthew Price Turner had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. the names of the Honorable Bryan C. Able and Ashley Phillips Case were withdrawn from consideration.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of Matthew Price Turner in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Matthew Price Turner was elected to the position of Judge, Family Court, 8th Judicial Circuit, Seat 1 for the term to expire June 30, 2019.

Election of a Family Court Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Family Court, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that Huntley Smith Crouch had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of Huntley Smith Crouch in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Huntley Smith Crouch was elected to the position of Judge, Family Court, 11th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2019.

Election of a Family Court Judge, 12th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect
a successor to the position of Judge, Family Court, 12th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that FitzLee Howard McEachin, Stuart Wesley Snow Sr. and the Honorable Elizabeth Biggerstaff York had been screened and found qualified to serve.

On motion of Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. the names of Stuart Wesley Snow Sr. and the Honorable Elizabeth Biggerstaff York were withdrawn from consideration.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of FitzLee Howard McEachin in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable FitzLee Howard McEachin was elected to the position of Judge, Family Court, 12th Judicial Circuit, Seat 2 for the term to expire June 30, 2019.

Election of a Administrative Law Court Judge, Seat 5

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to the position of Judge, Administrative Law Court, Seat 5.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr., Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission, indicated that the Honorable Shirley Canty Robinson had been screened and found qualified to serve.

Representative G. Murrell Smith, Jr. placed the name of the Honorable Shirley Canty Robinson in nomination, moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Shirley Canty Robinson was elected to the position of Judge, Administrative Law Court, Seat 5 for the term to expire June 30, 2023.

Immediately following the Judicial Elections, the Senate proceeded to the elections of College and University Boards.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Francis Marion University, 5th Congressional District, Seat 5

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for Francis Marion University, 5th Congressional District, Seat 5.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that H. Paul Dove, Jr. had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed his name in nomination.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable H. Paul Dove, Jr. was elected to a position on the Board of Trustees for Francis Marion University, 5th Congressional District, Seat 5 for the term to expire June 30, 2018.

Election to the Board of Trustees for the
Medical Universityof South Carolina
7th Congressional District, Medical Seat

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a lay position on the Board of Trustees for the Medical University of South Carolina, 7th Congressional District, Medical Seat.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Paul T. Davis and Gerald E. Harmon had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, the name of Gerald E. Harmon was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominee.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Paul T. Davis was elected to a medical position on the Board of Trustees for Medical University of South Carolina, 7th Congressional District, Medical Seat for the term to expire June 30, 2020.

Election to the Board of Trustees for the
University of South Carolina, 14th Judicial Circuit

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect a successor to a position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 14th Judicial Circuit.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Kent M. Eddy, Frampton L. Harper, Rose Buyck Newton and H. Timberlake (Tim) Pearce had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, the names of Frampton L. Harper and H. Timberlake (Tim) Pearce were withdrawn from consideration.

The Reading Clerk of the Senate called the roll of the Senate, and the Senators voted viva voce as their names were called.

The following named Senators voted for Eddy:

Total--0

The following named Senators voted for Newton:

Alexander              Allen                  Bennett
Campbell               Campsen                Cash
Climer                 Corbin                 Cromer
Davis                  Fanning                Gambrell
Goldfinch              Hembree                Hutto
Jackson                Johnson                Kimpson
Leatherman             Malloy                 Massey
Matthews, John         McElveen               Nicholson
Peeler                 Rankin                 Reese
Rice                   Sabb                   Scott
Senn                   Setzler                Shealy
Sheheen                Talley                 Timmons
Turner                 Verdin                 Williams
Young

Total--40

The following named Senator voted present:

Martin

Total--1

On the motion of Rep. Rutherford, with unanimous consent, the members of the House voted by electronic roll call.

The following named Representatives voted for Eddy:

Total--0

The following named Representatives voted for Newton:

Alexander              Anthony                Arrington
Atkinson               Atwater                Bales
Ballentine             Bamberg                Bannister
Bennett                Bernstein              Blackwell
Bowers                 Bradley                Brawley
Brown                  Caskey                 Clary
Clemmons               Clyburn                Cobb-Hunter
Cogswell               Cole                   Collins
Crawford               Crosby                 Daning
Davis                  Delleney               Dillard
Douglas                Duckworth              Elliott
Erickson               Forrest                Fry
Funderburk             Hamilton               Hardee
Hayes                  Henderson              Henderson-Myers
Henegan                Herbkersman            Hewitt
Hiott                  Hixon                  Hosey
Huggins                Jefferson              Johnson
Jordan                 King                   Kirby
Lowe                   Lucas                  Mace
Martin                 McCoy                  McCravy
McEachern              McGinnis               McKnight
D. C. Moss             V. S. Moss             Murphy
B. Newton              Norrell                Ott
Parks                  Pendarvis              Pitts
Pope                   Ridgeway               M. Rivers
S. Rivers              Robinson-Simpson       Rutherford
Simrill                G. M. Smith            G. R. Smith
Sottile                Spires                 Stavrinakis
Taylor                 Thigpen                Toole
Trantham               Weeks                  West
Wheeler                Whitmire               Williams
Willis                 Young                  Yow

Total--96

RECAPITULATION

Total number of Senators voting   40
Total number of Representatives voting   96
Grand Total   136
Necessary to a choice   69
Of which Eddy received   0
Of which Newton received   136

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Rose Buyck Newton was elected to a position on the Board of Trustees for the University of South Carolina, 14th Judicial Circuit for the term to expire June 30, 2020.

Election to the Board of Trustees for
Winthrop University, 4th Congressional District, Seat 4

The PRESIDENT announced that nominations were in order to elect successors to a position on the Board of Trustees for Winthrop University, 4th Congressional District, Seat 4.

Senator PEELER, Chairman of the Committee to Screen Candidates for State Colleges and Universities, indicated that Edward R. Driggers and Kristen Gebhart Magee had been screened and found qualified to serve and placed their names in nomination.

On motion of Senator PEELER, the name of Kristen Gebhart Magee was withdrawn from consideration.

Senator PEELER moved that nominations be closed and, with unanimous consent, the vote was taken by acclamation, resulting in the election of the nominees.

Whereupon, the PRESIDENT announced that the Honorable Edward R. Driggers was elected to a position on the Board of Trustees for Winthrop University, 4th Congressional District, Seat 4 for the term to expire June 20, 2022.

The purposes of the Joint Assembly having been accomplished, the PRESIDENT declared it adjourned, whereupon the Senate returned to its Chamber and was called to order by the PRESIDENT.

RECESS

At 1:00 P.M., on motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, the Senate receded from business.

At 1:47 P.M., the Senate resumed.

Point of Quorum

At 1:48 P.M., Senator MALLOY made the point that a quorum was not present. It was ascertained that a quorum was not present.

Call of the Senate

Senator LEATHERMAN moved that a Call of the Senate be made. The following Senators answered the Call:

Alexander                 Allen                     Campbell
Cash                      Climer                    Corbin
Cromer                    Davis                     Fanning
Gambrell                  Goldfinch                 Gregory
Grooms                    Hembree                   Hutto
Johnson                   Kimpson                   Leatherman
Malloy                    Martin                    Massey
Matthews, Margie          McElveen                  McLeod
Nicholson                 Peeler                    Rankin
Rice                      Sabb                      Senn
Setzler                   Shealy                    Sheheen
Talley                    Timmons                   Verdin
Williams                  Young

A quorum being present, the Senate resumed.

MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR

The following appointments were transmitted by the Honorable Henry Dargan McMaster:

Statewide Appointments

Reappointment, South Carolina State Board of Nursing, with the term to commence December 31, 2017, and to expire December 31, 2021
Public Member:
Neil B. Lipsitz, 2612 Harvey Rd., Beaufort, SC 29902

Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Initial Appointment, South Carolina State Board of Nursing, with the term to commence December 31, 2017, and to expire December 31, 2021
4th Congressional District:
Sallie Beth Todd, 6 Sparrow Point Court, Simpsonville, SC 29680-6643 VICE Carol Ann Moody

Referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

Local Appointment

Initial Appointment, Edgefield County Judge of Probate, with the term to commence August 4, 2017, and to expire November 6, 2018
George W. Anderson, 328 Wigfall Street, Edgefield, SC 29824 VICE Robert E. Peeler

Doctor of the Day

Senator SCOTT introduced Dr. Helmut Albrecht of Columbia, S.C., Doctor of the Day.

Leave of Absence

At 3:30 P.M., Senator CAMPBELL requested a leave of absence for Senator MARTIN for the day.

Expression of Personal Interest

Senator DAVIS rose for an Expression of Personal Interest.

CO-SPONSORS ADDED

The following co-sponsors were added to the respective Bills:
S. 764 (Word version)     Sen. Fanning
S. 765 (Word version)     Sen. Fanning
S. 869 (Word version)     Sens. Jackson and Hutto
S. 872 (Word version)     Sen. Martin
S. 909 (Word version)     Sens. Young, Talley, Scott, McLeod, Setzler, J. Matthews

Allen
S. 931 (Word version)     Sen. Fanning
S. 954 (Word version)     Sen. Fanning
S. 959 (Word version)     Sen. Hembree

RECOMMITTED

S. 323 (Word version) -- Senators Campbell, Turner, Talley, Bennett, Climer, Nicholson, Cromer, Reese, Grooms, Hembree, Verdin, Massey, Alexander, Williams, Johnson, Gambrell, Sabb, Young, Shealy, Scott, Corbin and Jackson: A BILL TO AMEND TITLE 31 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO HOUSING AND REDEVELOPMENT, BY ADDING CHAPTER 24, TO PROVIDE THAT MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR NUISANCE SUITS.

On motion of Senator MALLOY, the Bill was recommitted to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

Motion Adopted

On motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, with unanimous consent, the Senate agreed to go into Executive Session prior to adjournment.

INTRODUCTION OF BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS

The following were introduced:

S. 969 (Word version) -- Senator Cromer: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 31-13-100 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SHALL INFORM THE APPROPRIATE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY BEFORE EVALUATING AN APPLICATION FOR A FEDERAL HOUSING TAX CREDIT AND THE APPLICABLE LOCAL GOVERNING BODY SHALL APPOINT NINE MEMBERS TO A LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMISSION TO VOTE WITH THE BOARD ON THE APPLICATION.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

S. 970 (Word version) -- Senators Kimpson and Malloy: A BILL TO AMEND ARTICLE 15, CHAPTER 15, TITLE 58 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION'S REGULATION OF RAILROAD CROSSINGS, BY ADDING SECTION 58-17-1555, TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS NOT CONDUCIVE TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY FOR CERTAIN RAILROAD COMPANIES TO OPERATE LOCOMOTIVES IN THIS STATE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN EQUIPPED WITH POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL TECHNOLOGY; TO PROVIDE FOR FINES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THIS SECTION; AND TO PROVIDE THAT FINES COLLECTED SHALL BE USED TO FUND RAILROAD SAFETY INSPECTIONS AND PROGRAMS.
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Senator KIMPSON spoke on the Bill.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 971 (Word version) -- Fish, Game and Forestry Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING AND REGULATION - BOARD OF REGISTRATION FOR FORESTERS, RELATING TO LICENSURE FEES, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 4769, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
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Read the first time and ordered placed on the Calendar without reference.

S. 972 (Word version) -- Fish, Game and Forestry Committee: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, RELATING TO SEASONS, LIMITS, METHODS OF TAKE AND SPECIAL USE RESTRICTIONS ON WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS, DESIGNATED AS REGULATION DOCUMENT NUMBER 4799, PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 1, CHAPTER 23, TITLE 1 OF THE 1976 CODE.
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Read the first time and ordered placed on the Calendar without reference.

S. 973 (Word version) -- Senator Young: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE THE THIRD FULL WEEK OF APRIL 2018 AS "SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME AWARENESS WEEK," TO RAISE AWARENESS REGARDING SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME, AND TO COMMEND THE HOSPITALS, CHILD CARE COUNCILS, SCHOOLS, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT EDUCATE PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS ON HOW TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ABUSE.
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The Concurrent Resolution was introduced and ordered placed on the Calendar without reference.

S. 974 (Word version) -- Senators J. Matthews and Hutto: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE IN THE CITY OF ORANGEBURG THAT CROSSES CHESTNUT STREET THE "DR. EMILY ENGLAND CLYBURN PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS AT THIS LOCATION CONTAINING THIS DESIGNATION.
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The Concurrent Resolution was introduced and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 975 (Word version) -- Senator Shealy: A SENATE RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE FEBRUARY 2018 AS "AMERICAN HEART MONTH" IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO PROMOTE HEART DISEASE AWARENESS TO THE CITIZENS OF THIS STATE.
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The Senate Resolution was introduced and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

S. 976 (Word version) -- Senator Fanning: A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE RIGHT OF SUFFRAGE, BY ADDING SECTION 13 SO AS TO AUTHORIZE A PROCEDURE BY WHICH A CANDIDATE FOR THE OFFICE OF SOUTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY GENERAL MAY FINANCE HIS CAMPAIGN WITH PUBLIC FUNDS AS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY MAY DETERMINE.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 977 (Word version) -- Senator Fanning: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 16 TO TITLE 8 SO AS TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE ACT", TO PROVIDE A PROCEDURE BY WHICH CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO AGREE TO LIMITATIONS ON CONTRIBUTIONS TO RECEIVE A PREDETERMINED AMOUNT OF PUBLIC FUNDS FOR CAMPAIGNS AND TO REQUIRE ELECTRONIC DISCLOSURES OF ALL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO CANDIDATES FOR STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

S. 978 (Word version) -- Senator Fanning: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-6-3360, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE JOB TAX CREDIT, SO AS TO PROVIDE A HIGHER CREDIT AMOUNT IN CERTAIN QUALIFYING COUNTIES.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S. 979 (Word version) -- Senators Talley and Scott: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-210(A) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL OF A DRIVER'S LICENSE, TO PROVIDE THAT, WHEN A PERSON WHO IS SIXTY-FIVE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER RENEWS HIS LICENSE, THE LICENSE SHALL EXPIRE ON THE DATE RECOMMENDED BY THE LICENSED OPHTHALMOLOGIST OR OPTOMETRIST CONDUCTING THE VISION SCREENING OR FIVE YEARS FROM THE DATE IT WAS ISSUED, WHICHEVER IS EARLIER; AND TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-220 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO VISION SCREENINGS REQUIRED FOR DRIVER'S LICENSES, TO REQUIRE A VISION SCREENING TO RECEIVE AN INITIAL LICENSE AND A RENEWED LICENSE, AND TO REQUIRE THE SCREENING OPHTHALMOLOGIST OR OPTOMETRIST TO CERTIFY THAT MINIMUM STANDARDS HAVE BEEN MET.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Transportation.

S. 980 (Word version) -- Senator McLeod: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 2-1-105 SO AS TO PROVIDE AFTER JULY 1, 2018, A PERSON MAY NOT BE ELECTED OR APPOINTED TO AN OFFICE THAT IS FILLED BY ELECTION OR APPOINTMENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IF THAT PERSON IS AN IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBER OF A SITTING MEMBER OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, OR A FORMER MEMBER OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WHOSE MOST RECENT TERM OF LEGISLATIVE SERVICE ENDED LESS THAN ONE YEAR PRIOR TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S ELECTION OR APPOINTMENT OF THE OFFICE IN QUESTION.
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Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

H. 4612 (Word version) -- Reps. Sandifer and Toole: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 40-11-262 SO AS TO PROVIDE APPLICANTS FOR GENERAL AND MECHANICAL LICENSURE SUBJECT TO FINANCIAL STATEMENT REQUIREMENTS MAY INSTEAD PROVIDE CERTAIN SURETY BONDS, AND TO PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING THE SURETY BONDS.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry.

H. 4654 (Word version) -- Reps. Sandifer and Spires: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 38-43-100, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUAL AND AGENCY INSURANCE PRODUCERS, SO AS TO REQUIRE AN APPLICANT TO PROVIDE A COMPLETE SET OF FINGERPRINTS WITH THE APPLICATION, TO PROVIDE THAT FAILURE TO PROVIDE A COMPLETE SET OF FINGERPRINTS CONSTITUTES GROUNDS FOR DENIAL OF AN APPLICATION, AND TO PROVIDE EXCEPTIONS TO THE FINGERPRINTING REQUIREMENT UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

H. 4655 (Word version) -- Reps. Sandifer and Spires: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA INSURANCE DATA SECURITY ACT" BY ADDING CHAPTER 99 TO TITLE 38 SO AS TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS; TO REQUIRE A LICENSEE TO DEVELOP, IMPLEMENT, AND MAINTAIN A COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION SECURITY PROGRAM BASED ON THE LICENSEE'S RISK ASSESSMENT AND TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SECURITY PROGRAM, TO PROVIDE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR A LICENSEE'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS, IF APPLICABLE, TO REQUIRE A LICENSEE TO MONITOR THE SECURITY PROGRAM AND MAKE ADJUSTMENTS IF NECESSARY, TO PROVIDE THAT THE LICENSEE MUST ESTABLISH AN INCIDENT RESPONSE PLAN AND TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INCIDENT RESPONSE PLAN, TO REQUIRE A LICENSEE TO SUBMIT A STATEMENT TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE ANNUALLY; TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS FOR A LICENSEE IN THE EVENT OF A CYBERSECURITY EVENT; TO REQUIRE A LICENSEE TO NOTIFY THE DIRECTOR OF CERTAIN INFORMATION IN THE EVENT OF A CYBERSECURITY EVENT; TO GRANT THE DIRECTOR THE POWER AND AUTHORITY TO EXAMINE AND INVESTIGATE A LICENSEE; TO PROVIDE THAT DOCUMENTS, MATERIALS, OR OTHER INFORMATION IN THE CONTROL OR POSSESSION OF THE DEPARTMENT MUST BE TREATED AS CONFIDENTIAL AND TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR TO SHARE OR RECEIVE CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES; TO PROVIDE EXEMPTIONS FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER; TO PROVIDE PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS; AND TO AUTHORIZE THE DIRECTOR TO PROMULGATE REGULATIONS.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Banking and Insurance.

H. 4827 (Word version) -- Rep. Henderson: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE FOR THE SEIZURE SAFETY IN SCHOOLS STUDY COMMITTEE TO SUBMIT ITS WRITTEN REPORT FROM JANUARY 31, 2018, TO JANUARY 31, 2019.

Read the first time and referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

H. 4862 (Word version) -- Reps. Taylor, Blackwell, Clyburn, Hixon and Young: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR DR. TERRY MICHALSKE, DIRECTOR OF SAVANNAH RIVER NATIONAL LABORATORY, AS HE LEAVES AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE, AND TO WISH HIM CONTINUED SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IN ALL HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS.

The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered returned to the House.

H. 4863 (Word version) -- Reps. Clemmons and Rutherford: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR PRESIDENT JIMMY MORALES.

The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered returned to the House.

H. 4864 (Word version) -- Reps. Clemmons, Rutherford, Alexander, Allison, Anderson, Anthony, Arrington, Atkinson, Atwater, Bales, Ballentine, Bamberg, Bannister, Bennett, Bernstein, Blackwell, Bowers, Bradley, Brawley, Brown, Bryant, Burns, Caskey, Chumley, Clary, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Cogswell, Cole, Collins, Crawford, Crosby, Daning, Davis, Delleney, Dillard, Douglas, Duckworth, Elliott, Erickson, Felder, Finlay, Forrest, Forrester, Fry, Funderburk, Gagnon, Gilliard, Govan, Hamilton, Hardee, Hart, Hayes, Henderson, Henderson-Myers, Henegan, Herbkersman, Hewitt, Hill, Hiott, Hixon, Hosey, Howard, Huggins, Jefferson, Johnson, Jordan, King, Kirby, Knight, Loftis, Long, Lowe, Lucas, Mace, Mack, Magnuson, Martin, McCoy, McCravy, McEachern, McGinnis, McKnight, D. C. Moss, V. S. Moss, Murphy, B. Newton, W. Newton, Norrell, Ott, Parks, Pendarvis, Pitts, Pope, Putnam, Ridgeway, M. Rivers, S. Rivers, Robinson-Simpson, Sandifer, Simrill, G. M. Smith, G. R. Smith, J. E. Smith, Sottile, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stringer, Tallon, Taylor, Thayer, Thigpen, Toole, Trantham, Weeks, West, Wheeler, White, Whitmire, Williams, Willis, Young and Yow: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR CONGRESSMAN FIDEL REYES LEE AND COMMEND HIM FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE THROUGH THE FORMATION OF THE GUATEMALA-ISRAEL INTER PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP.

The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered returned to the House.

H. 4867 (Word version) -- Reps. Huggins, Alexander, Allison, Anderson, Anthony, Arrington, Atkinson, Atwater, Bales, Ballentine, Bamberg, Bannister, Bennett, Bernstein, Blackwell, Bowers, Bradley, Brawley, Brown, Bryant, Burns, Caskey, Chumley, Clary, Clemmons, Clyburn, Cobb-Hunter, Cogswell, Cole, Collins, Crawford, Crosby, Daning, Davis, Delleney, Dillard, Douglas, Duckworth, Elliott, Erickson, Felder, Finlay, Forrest, Forrester, Fry, Funderburk, Gagnon, Gilliard, Govan, Hamilton, Hardee, Hart, Hayes, Henderson, Henderson-Myers, Henegan, Herbkersman, Hewitt, Hill, Hiott, Hixon, Hosey, Howard, Jefferson, Johnson, Jordan, King, Kirby, Knight, Loftis, Long, Lowe, Lucas, Mace, Mack, Magnuson, Martin, McCoy, McCravy, McEachern, McGinnis, McKnight, D. C. Moss, V. S. Moss, Murphy, B. Newton, W. Newton, Norrell, Ott, Parks, Pendarvis, Pitts, Pope, Putnam, Ridgeway, M. Rivers, S. Rivers, Robinson-Simpson, Rutherford, Sandifer, Simrill, G. M. Smith, G. R. Smith, J. E. Smith, Sottile, Spires, Stavrinakis, Stringer, Tallon, Taylor, Thayer, Thigpen, Toole, Trantham, Weeks, West, Wheeler, White, Whitmire, Williams, Willis, Young and Yow: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR DR. L. CAREY HITE, UPON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT AFTER SOME FOUR DECADES OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE AS A PHYSICIAN, AND TO WISH HIM CONTINUED SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS IN ALL HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS.

The Concurrent Resolution was adopted, ordered returned to the House.

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES

Senator LEATHERMAN from the Committee on Finance submitted a favorable with amendment report on:

S. 866 (Word version) -- Senators Cromer, Scott, Reese, Verdin, J. Matthews and Nicholson: A BILL TO PROVIDE THAT TAX CREDITS FOR THE PURCHASE OF GEOTHERMAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT SHALL BE REPEALED ON JANUARY 1, 2029.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator CAMPSEN from the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry submitted a favorable with amendment report on:

S. 913 (Word version) -- Senator Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-9-740(B) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO YOUTH HUNTING DAYS, TO PROVIDE THAT A LICENSE OR TAG REQUIRED PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 9, TITLE 50 IS WAIVED FOR A YOUTH HUNTER ON A YOUTH HUNTING DAY.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator LEATHERMAN from the Committee on Finance submitted a favorable with amendment report on:

S. 916 (Word version) -- Senator Cromer: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 48-52-870, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ENERGY EFFICIENT MANUFACTURED HOMES INCENTIVE PROGRAM, SO AS TO EXTEND THE PROGRAM TEN ADDITIONAL YEARS.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator LEATHERMAN from the Committee on Finance submitted a favorable with amendment report on:

S. 917 (Word version) -- Senator Kimpson: A BILL TO AMEND SECTIONS 6-1-530, 6-1-730, AND 6-4-10, ALL AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, ALL RELATING TO THE EXPENDITURE OF THE STATE ACCOMMODATIONS TAX, LOCAL HOSPITALITY TAX, AND LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS TAX, RESPECTIVELY, SO AS TO ALLOW THE REVENUE TO BE EXPENDED FOR THE CONTROL AND REPAIR OF FLOODING AND DRAINAGE AT TOURISM-RELATED LANDS OR AREAS.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator CAMPSEN from the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry submitted a favorable with amendment report on:

S. 933 (Word version) -- Senator Campsen: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 50-5-1705(D) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO CATCH LIMITS FOR ESTUARINE AND SALTWATER FINFISH, TO REDUCE THE CATCH LIMITED FOR RED DRUM.

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

Senator RANKIN from the Committee on Judiciary polled out S. 954 favorable:

S. 954 (Word version) -- Senators Leatherman, Setzler and Massey: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROHIBIT THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION FROM ISSUING AN ORDER FOR REQUESTS MADE PURSUANT TO THE BASE LOAD REVIEW ACT UNTIL NINETY DAYS AFTER THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS SINE DIE FOR THE 2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION, BUT TO PERMIT AN EXPERIMENTAL RATE ORDER TO REVISE ELECTRIC RATES IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 34, TITLE 58.

Poll of the Judiciary Committee
Polled 23; Ayes 22; Nays 0; Abstain 1:
AYES

Rankin                    Hutto                     Malloy
Campsen                   Massey                    Johnson
McElveen                  Shealy                    Turner
Young                     Sabb                      M.B. Matthews
Climer                    Fanning                   Gambrell
Goldfinch                 McLeod                    Rice
Senn                      Talley                    Timmons
Cash                      

Total--22

NAYS

Total--0

ABSTAIN

Kimpson

Total--1

Ordered for consideration tomorrow.

AMENDMENT PROPOSED, CARRIED OVER

S. 954 (Word version) -- Senators Leatherman, Setzler and Massey: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO PROHIBIT THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION FROM ISSUING AN ORDER FOR REQUESTS MADE PURSUANT TO THE BASE LOAD REVIEW ACT UNTIL NINETY DAYS AFTER THE SOUTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS SINE DIE FOR THE 2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION, BUT TO PERMIT AN EXPERIMENTAL RATE ORDER TO REVISE ELECTRIC RATES IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 34, TITLE 58.

Senator MASSEY asked unanimous consent to make a motion to take up the Resolution for immediate consideration.

There was no objection.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Resolution.

Senator MASSEY proposed the following amendment (JUD0954.003):

Amend the joint resolution, as and if amended, by striking SECTION 1, lines 23-29 on page 1 and inserting:

/     SECTION   1.   The Public Service Commission shall not issue a final order for a docket in which requests were made pursuant to the Base Load Review Act until ninety days after the South Carolina General Assembly adjourns Sine Die for the 2018 legislative session. No final determination of these requests, whether by a final order issued by the Public Service Commission or by operation of law, shall occur during this time period. The Public Service Commission's failure to issue a final order as required by this Joint Resolution shall not constitute approval by the Public Service Commission and a utility must not put into effect the change in rates it requested in its schedule./

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator MASSEY explained the amendment.

ACTING PRESIDENT PRESIDES

At 2:56 P.M., Senator GOLDFINCH assumed the Chair.

Senator HUTTO spoke on the Resolution.

On motion of Senator MASSEY, the Resolution was carried over.

Recorded Vote

Senator SHEHEEN desired to be recorded as abstaining on the motion to carry over.

PRESIDENT PRESIDES

At 3:23 P.M., the PRESIDENT assumed the Chair.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., February 7, 2018

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 3653 (Word version) -- Reps. Forrester, Yow, Loftis, Henegan, Spires, Anderson, Burns, V.S. Moss, Crawford, Hamilton, Felder, Norman, Anthony, Chumley, Erickson, Gagnon, Hayes, Henderson, Hosey, Jefferson, S. Rivers, Ryhal, Sandifer, Thayer, Willis, Atkinson, Alexander, West, Hixon, Murphy, Arrington, Bennett and Crosby: A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING CHAPTER 24 TO TITLE 31 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE OPERATIONS OR EXPANSIONS OF MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED PUBLIC OR PRIVATE NUISANCES IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, TO PROVIDE RELATED FINDINGS, TO EXPLICITLY PROHIBIT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM ENACTING ORDINANCES TO THE CONTRARY, TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMINOLOGY, TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT MAY NOT BE CONSTRUED TO MODIFY STATUTORY EMINENT DOMAIN LAWS OR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, AND TO PROVIDE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT DO NOT APPLY TO NUISANCE ACTIONS COMMENCED WITHIN ONE YEAR OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS CHAPTER.
and has ordered the Bill enrolled for Ratification.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Received as information.

Message from the House

Columbia, S.C., February 7, 2018

Mr. President and Senators:

The House respectfully informs your Honorable Body that it concurs in the amendments proposed by the Senate to:

H. 4588 (Word version) -- Reps. Duckworth, Clemmons, Johnson, McGinnis, Hewitt, Crawford, Hardee and Fry: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO REQUEST THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RENAME THE BRIDGE THAT SPANS THE INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY ALONG SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY 9 IN HORRY COUNTY THE "CAPTAIN ARCHIE NEIL 'POO' MCLAUCHLIN SWING BRIDGE" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS AT THE BRIDGE CONTAINING THIS DESIGNATION.
Very respectfully,
Speaker of the House

Received as information.

  Appointments Reported

Senator CAMPSEN from the Committee on Fish, Game and Forestry submitted a favorable report on:

Statewide Appointment

Initial Appointment, Governing Board of Department of Natural Resources, with the term to commence July 1, 2016, and to expire July 1, 2020
Chairman:
Norman F. Pulliam, 812 East Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302-2000 VICE Cary L. Chastain

Received as information.

Senator RANKIN from the Committee on Judiciary submitted a favorable report on:

Statewide Appointments

Reappointment, South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission, with the term to commence June 30, 2018, and to expire June 30, 2024
At-Large:
Henry Gene McCaskill, 604 Kirkwood Circle, Camden, SC 29020

Received as information.

Reappointment, South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission Chairman, with the term to commence June 30, 2018, and to expire June 30, 2024
Chairman:
Thomas Scott Beck, 422 Gold Nugget Point, Prosperity, SC 29127

Received as information.

Reappointment, South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission, with the term to commence June 30, 2018, and to expire June 30, 2024
At-Large:
Richard M. Campbell II, 131 High Knoll Rd., Columbia, SC 29223

Received as information.

HOUSE CONCURRENCE

S. 961 (Word version) -- Senator Scott: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO HONOR AND RECOGNIZE HENRY T. HOPKINS FOR HIS DEDICATED SERVICE AND OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA.

Returned with concurrence.

Received as information.

THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO A CALL OF THE UNCONTESTED LOCAL AND STATEWIDE CALENDAR.

AMENDED, READ THE THIRD TIME
RETURNED TO HOUSE

H. 4397 (Word version) -- Rep. Cobb-Hunter: A BILL TO AMEND AN ACT OF 2017, BEARING RATIFICATION NUMBER 127, RELATING TO THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE THREE SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF ORANGEBURG COUNTY INTO ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019, SO AS TO REVISE PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO THE PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF THE BUDGET OF THE ORANGEBURG CONSOLIDATION TRANSITION COMMITTEE, AND TO REVISE CERTAIN OTHER PROVISIONS CONTAINING OBSOLETE 2017 LANGUAGE.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill.

Senator JOHN MATTHEWS proposed the following amendment (4397JM2), which was adopted:

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking all after the enacting words and inserting the following:

/   SECTION 1.   SECTION 8 of R127, S662 of 2017 is amended by striking SECTION 8 and inserting:

SECTION   8.   (A)   There must be created, within sixty days of the effective date of this act, the Orangeburg Consolidation Transition Committee with the purpose to coordinate the consolidation of the three present districts into the Orangeburg County School District. The committee must be composed of the following twelve voting members:

(1)   chairmen of the present three districts or their designees;

(2)   one board member from each of the present three districts, appointed by each board; and

(3)   six at large members appointed by the Orangeburg County Legislative Delegation. These six members must be appointed from Orangeburg County at large and shall possess experience in or professional or acquired knowledge of public education, finance, business, or legal matters.

In addition to the twelve voting members of the committee, the three superintendents from the present three school districts shall serve as nonvoting, ex officio members. One parent from each of the three present districts also must be appointed by the Orangeburg County Legislative Delegation to serve as nonvoting members.

(B)   Names of the members of the transition committee must be submitted to the county legislative delegation within sixty days of this act being signed by the Governor. The committee shall elect a chairman from one of the six at large voting members appointed by the legislative delegation. A vacancy on the committee must be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the committee member whose departure from the committee created the vacancy.

(C)   The committee may organize, begin planning for the changeover to the district, enter into contracts to effectuate these purposes, and perform other related matters. The committee also shall examine and make appropriate recommendations to the consolidated district board of trustees regarding the foreseeable consequences of school district consolidation on:

(1)   Orangeburg County's special needs students; and

(2)   intradistrict transfers.

(D)   The committee must be insured and indemnified in the same manner as the present school districts are insured and indemnified.

(E)   Members of the committee shall receive per diem allowed by law for members of state boards, committees, or commissions but are not entitled to mileage and subsistence.

(F)   The committee must be abolished after making its recommendations to the consolidated district board of trustees.

(G)   The administrations and staffs of the present three school districts are expected and encouraged to cooperate with the transition committee and the board of the school district.

(H)   In creating the Orangeburg County School District, it is anticipated that there will be savings in the total district level administrative costs from the former individual districts. The committee shall review the current administrations and recommend to the board the number and type of positions needed for the consolidated district level administration.

SECTION   2.   This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.       /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator HUTTO explained the amendment.

The amendment was adopted.

There being no further amendments, the Bill was read third time, passed and ordered returned to the House of Representatives.

READ THE THIRD TIME
SENT TO THE HOUSE

The following Bill was read the third time and ordered sent to the House of Representatives:

S. 587 (Word version) -- Senators Timmons, Talley, Rice, Turner, Climer and Young: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-43-220(c) OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO ASSESSMENT RATIOS, TO PROVIDE THAT, WHEN AN OWNER RECEIVING THE FOUR PERCENT ASSESSMENT RATIO DIES, THE PROPERTY SHALL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT RATE UNTIL THE DECEDENT'S ESTATE IS CLOSED, SO LONG AS THE PROPERTY IS NOT RENTED.

SECOND READING
CONSENT CALENDAR

S. 955 (Word version) -- Senators Alexander, Hutto, Setzler, Rankin, Massey and Leatherman: A JOINT RESOLUTION TO DIRECT THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE TO RESUME SCREENING CANDIDATES FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, SEATS 2, 4, AND 6, AND TO ADVERTISE FOR THESE POSITIONS FOR AN ADDITIONAL TIME PERIOD BEGINNING NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 16, 2018, THROUGH MARCH 2, 2018, AND TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM FEBRUARY 22, 2018, THROUGH NOON ON MARCH 5, 2018.

On motion of Senator ALEXANDER, with unanimous consent, the Senate proceeded to an immediate consideration of the Resolution.

Senator ALEXANDER explained the Resolution.

The "ayes" and "nays" were demanded and taken, resulting as follows:

Ayes 42; Nays 0

AYES

Alexander                 Allen                     Bennett
Campbell                  Campsen                   Cash
Climer                    Corbin                    Cromer
Davis                     Fanning                   Gambrell
Goldfinch                 Gregory                   Grooms
Hembree                   Hutto                     Johnson
Kimpson                   Leatherman                Malloy
Massey                    Matthews, John            Matthews, Margie
McElveen                  McLeod                    Nicholson
Peeler                    Rankin                    Reese
Rice                      Sabb                      Scott
Senn                      Setzler                   Shealy
Talley                    Timmons                   Turner
Verdin                    Williams                  Young

Total--42

NAYS

Total--0

The Resolution was read the second time, passed and ordered to a third reading.

AMENDMENT PROPOSED, CARRIED OVER

S. 759 (Word version) -- Senator Rankin: A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 12-37-220, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS, SO AS TO ALLOW AN EXEMPTION FOR THE DWELLING HOUSE AND ONE ACRE OF LAND FOR A PERSON WITH A BRAIN OR SPINAL CORD INJURY.

The Senate proceeded to a consideration of the Bill.

Senator HUTTO proposed the following amendment (DG\ 759C002.BBM.DG18):

Amend the bill, as and if amended, SECTION 1, page 1, by striking item ( )(a) contained on lines 25 through 37 and inserting:

/   "( )(a)   to the extent not already exempt pursuant to Section 12-37-250 and this section, the dwelling house in which he resides and a lot not to exceed one acre of land owned in fee or for life, or jointly with a spouse, by a person with a brain or spinal cord injury, two hundred fifty thousand dollars of property tax value, as defined in Section 12-37-3135, minus any amount exempted pursuant to Section 12-37-250 as a result of total and permanent disability, is exempt from all property taxation provided the person furnishes satisfactory proof of his disability to the Department of Revenue. The exemption is allowed to the surviving spouse of the person so long as the spouse does not remarry, resides in the dwelling, and obtains the fee or a life estate in the dwelling. To qualify for the exemption, the dwelling house must be the domicile of the person who qualifies for the exemption and the person must possess a doctor's statement declaring that the person is one hundred percent disabled as a result of the brain or spinal cord injury;     /

Renumber sections to conform.

Amend title to conform.

Senator HUTTO explained the amendment.

On motion of Senator SCOTT, the Bill was carried over.

ADOPTED

S. 940 (Word version) -- Senator Alexander: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE THE MONTH OF MAY 2018 AS "MENTAL HEALTH MONTH" IN SOUTH CAROLINA AND TO RAISE AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND THE NEED FOR APPROPRIATE AND ACCESSIBLE SERVICES FOR ALL PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.

The Resolution was adopted, ordered sent to the House.

THE CALL OF THE UNCONTESTED CALENDAR HAVING BEEN COMPLETED, THE SENATE PROCEEDED TO THE MOTION PERIOD.

MOTION ADOPTED

At 3:46 P.M., on motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, the Senate agreed to dispense with the balance of the Motion Period.

Motion to Ratify Adopted

At 3:47 P.M., Senator ALEXANDER asked unanimous consent to make a motion to invite the House of Representatives to attend the Senate Chamber for the purpose of ratifying Acts at a mutually convenient time.

There was no objection and a message was sent to the House accordingly.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

On motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, the seal of secrecy was removed and at 3:47 P.M., the Senate resumed.

LOCAL APPOINTMENT
Confirmation

Having received a favorable report from the Senate, the following appointment was confirmed in open session:

Initial Appointment, Edgefield County Judge of Probate, with the term to commence August 4, 2017, and to expire November 6, 2018
George W. Anderson, 328 Wigfall Street, Edgefield, SC 29824 VICE Robert E. Peeler

Expression of Personal Interest

Senator SCOTT rose for an Expression of Personal Interest.

Expression of Personal Interest

Senator DAVIS rose for an Expression of Personal Interest.

  Motion Adopted

On motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, the Senate agreed to stand adjourned.

ADJOURNMENT

At 4:07 P.M., on motion of Senator LEATHERMAN, the Senate adjourned to meet tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.

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