South Carolina General Assembly
124th Session, 2021-2022

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H. 3786

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. G.M. Smith, Murphy and Weeks
Document Path: l:\council\bills\nbd\11165dg21.docx

Introduced in the House on February 2, 2021
Introduced in the Senate on April 8, 2021
Last Amended on April 7, 2021
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Finance

Summary: Constitutional officers salaries

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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    2/2/2021  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 45)
    2/2/2021  House   Referred to Committee on Ways and Means 
                        (House Journal-page 45)
    4/6/2021  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Weeks
    4/6/2021  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Ways and 
                        Means (House Journal-page 101)
    4/7/2021  House   Amended (House Journal-page 20)
    4/7/2021  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 20)
    4/7/2021  House   Roll call Yeas-98  Nays-4 (House Journal-page 23)
    4/8/2021  House   Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 7)
    4/8/2021  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 10)
    4/8/2021  Senate  Referred to Committee on Finance (Senate Journal-page 10)

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2/2/2021
4/6/2021
4/7/2021

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AMENDED

April 7, 2021

H. 3786

Introduced by Reps. G.M. Smith, Murphy and Weeks

S. Printed 4/7/21--H.

Read the first time February 2, 2021.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 1-1-1210, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ANNUAL SALARIES OF STATE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING WITH FISCAL YEAR 2022-2023 SALARIES FOR THE STATE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS MUST BE BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE AGENCY HEAD SALARY COMMISSION TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY; TO AMEND SECTION 8-11-160, RELATING TO THE AGENCY HEAD SALARY COMMISSION AND SALARY INCREASES FOR AGENCY HEADS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE AGENCY HEAD SALARY COMMISSION MUST MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE SALARIES FOR STATE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 8-11-165, RELATING TO SALARY AND FRINGE BENEFIT SURVEYS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT SALARY SURVEYS BE CONDUCTED FOR STATE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS.

Amend Title To Conform

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

SECTION    1.    Section 1-1-1210 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 178 of 2018, is further amended to read:

"Section 1-1-1210.    (A)    The annual salaries of the state officers listed below are:

Governor                                        $98,000

Lieutenant Governor                    43,000

Secretary of State                        85,000

State Treasurer                            85,000

Attorney General                        85,000

Comptroller General                    85,000

Superintendent of Education        85,000

Adjutant General                        85,000

Commissioner of Agriculture        85,000

(B)    These salaries must be increased by two percent on July 1, 1991, and on July first of each succeeding year through July 1, 1994.

(C)    A state officer whose salary is provided in this section may not receive compensation for ex officio service on any state board, committee, or commission.

(D)    Beginning with Fiscal Year 2022-2023, and beginning when the state officer's term commences and lasting until the term concludes, with the exception of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, salaries for the state officers listed in subsection (A) must be based on recommendations by the Agency Head Salary Commission to the General Assembly as provided in Sections 8-11-160 and 8-11-165."

SECTION    2.    Section 8-11-160 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 8-11-160.    (A)    All boards and commissions are required to submit justification of an agency head's performance and salary recommendations to the Agency Head Salary Commission.

(B)    This commission consists of four appointees of the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, four appointees of the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and three appointees of the Governor with experience in executive compensation.

(C)    Beginning with Fiscal Year 2022-2023:

(1)    salaries for the term of state officers listed in Section 1-1-1210(A) must be based on recommendations by the Agency Head Salary Commission to the General Assembly; and

(2)    the Agency Head Salary Commission shall authorize a study be conducted every four years to recommend a salary range for each state constitutional officer based on their job duties and responsibilities as well as the pay of state constitutional officers in other states.

(D)    Salary increases for agency heads must be based on recommendations by each agency board or commission to the Agency Head Salary Commission and their recommendations to the General Assembly."

SECTION    3.    Section 8-11-165 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 8-11-165.    (A)    It is the intent of the General Assembly that:

(1)    A salary and fringe benefit survey for agency heads must be conducted by the Office of Human Resources of the Department of Administration State Fiscal Accountability Authority every three four years. The staff of the office authority shall serve as the support staff to the Agency Head Salary Commission.

(2)    Beginning with the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 and every four years thereafter, the Agency Head Salary Commission shall commission a study to recommend a salary range for the term of each state constitutional officer listed in Section 1-1-1210 based on each state constitutional officer's job duties and responsibilities as well as the pay of other state constitutional officers in other states. The commission shall then determine a salary for the term of each state constitutional officer within the recommended pay range subject to funding being provided in the annual appropriations act.

(B)    No employee of agencies reviewed by the Agency Head Salary Commission may receive a salary in excess of ninety-five percent of the midpoint of the agency head salary range or the agency head actual salary, whichever is greater, except on approval of the State Budget and Control Board Director of the Division of State Human Resources at the Department of Administration, and except for employees of higher education technical colleges, colleges, and universities.

No president of a technical college may receive a salary in excess of ninety-five percent of the midpoint of the agency head salary range or the agency head actual salary, whichever is greater, except on approval of the Agency Head Salary Commission and the State Budget and Control Board.

(C)    The Agency Head Salary Commission may recommend to the State Budget and Control Board General Assembly that agency head salaries be adjusted to the minimum of their salary ranges and may recommend to the board that agency head salaries be adjusted when necessary up to the midpoints of their respective salary ranges. These increases must be based on criteria developed and approved by the Agency Head Salary Commission.

(D)    All new members appointed to a governing board of an agency where the performance of the agency head is reviewed and ranked by the Agency Head Salary Commission shall attend the training in agency head performance appraisal provided by the commission within the first year of their appointment unless specifically excused by the chairman of the Agency Head Salary Commission."

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

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