South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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H. 4974

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Lucas, Simrill, Rutherford, Pope, McCoy, G.M. Smith, Bannister, Hart, B. Newton, Bales, Forrest, Henderson-Myers, Weeks, Fry, Hixon and Govan
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Introduced in the House on January 21, 2020
Last Amended on February 13, 2020
Currently residing in the House

Summary: Circuit court judges; divisions; increase number of at-large circuit court judges to 17

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   1/21/2020  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 6)
   1/21/2020  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 6)
    2/5/2020  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 42)
   2/11/2020  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Hart
   2/11/2020  House   Debate adjourned until  Wed., 2-12-20 
                        (House Journal-page 12)
   2/12/2020  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: B.Newton, 
                        Bales, Forrest, Henderson-Myers, Weeks
   2/12/2020  House   Debate adjourned until  Thur., 2-13-20 
                        (House Journal-page 30)
   2/13/2020  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Fry, Hixon, 
                        Govan
   2/13/2020  House   Amended (House Journal-page 6)
   2/13/2020  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 6)
   2/13/2020  House   Roll call Yeas-105  Nays-5 (House Journal-page 8)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

1/21/2020
2/5/2020
2/13/2020

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AMENDED

February 13, 2020

H. 4974

Introduced by Reps. Lucas, Simrill, Rutherford, Pope, McCoy, G.M. Smith, Bannister, Hart, B. Newton, Bales, Forrest, Henderson-Myers, Weeks, Fry, Hixon and Govan

S. Printed 2/13/20--H.

Read the first time January 21, 2020.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 14-5-610, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE DIVISION OF THE STATE INTO SIXTEEN JUDICIAL CIRCUITS AND ADDITIONAL AT-LARGE JUDGES, SO AS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF AT-LARGE CIRCUIT COURT JUDGES FROM SIXTEEN TO SEVENTEEN; AND TO AMEND SECTION 63-3-40, RELATING TO FAMILY COURT JUDGES ELECTED FROM EACH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT AND ADDITIONAL AT-LARGE JUDGES, SO AS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF AT-LARGE FAMILY COURT JUDGES FROM EIGHT TO TEN.

Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 14-5-610(B) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(B)    One judge must be elected from the second, sixth, and twelfth circuits. Two judges must be elected from the first, third, fourth, seventh, eighth, tenth, eleventh, fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth circuits. Three judges must be elected from the fifth and, ninth, fourteenth, and fifteenth circuits. Four judges must be elected from the thirteenth circuit."

SECTION    2.    Section 63-3-40(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(A)    The General Assembly shall elect a number of family court judges from each judicial circuit as follows:

First Circuit                    Three Four Judges

Second Circuit            Two Judges

Third Circuit                Three Judges

Fourth Circuit                Three Judges

Fifth Circuit                Four Judges

Sixth Circuit                Two Judges

Seventh Circuit            Three Judges

Eighth Circuit                Three Judges

Ninth Circuit                Six Judges

Tenth Circuit                Three Judges

Eleventh Circuit            Three Judges

Twelfth Circuit            Three Judges

Thirteenth Circuit        Six Judges

Fourteenth Circuit        Three Judges

Fifteenth Circuit            Three Judges

Sixteenth Circuit            Two Three Judges"

SECTION    3.    The Judicial Merit Selection Commission shall begin the process of nominating candidates for the judicial offices authorized by the provisions of SECTIONS 1 and 2, except that the additional judicial office in Section 1 added in the fourteenth judicial circuit is not effective until July 1, 2022. The General Assembly then shall elect these judges from the nominees of the commission; except that, the nominating process may not begin until funding for the additional judges is provided in the general appropriations act.

SECTION    4.    This act takes effect upon approval of the Governor.

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