South Carolina General Assembly
125th Session, 2023-2024

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H. 3961

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. Murphy, Brewer, Gatch, Jefferson and Robbins
Document Path: LC-0146HDB23.docx

Introduced in the House on February 15, 2023
Introduced in the Senate on February 21, 2023
Passed by the General Assembly on March 2, 2023

Summary: Dorchester School District 2

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

Date Body Action Description with journal page number
2/15/2023 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 6)
2/15/2023 House Referred to Dorchester Delegation (House Journal-page 6)
2/15/2023 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Robbins
2/15/2023 House Committee report: Favorable Dorchester Delegation
2/16/2023 House Read second time (House Journal-page 25)
2/16/2023 House Roll call Yeas-102 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 26)
2/16/2023 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day (House Journal-page 27)
2/17/2023 House Read third time and sent to Senate
2/21/2023 Senate Introduced, read first time, placed on local & uncontested calendar (Senate Journal-page 12)
2/22/2023 Scrivener's error corrected
3/1/2023 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 6)
3/2/2023 Senate Read third time and enrolled (Senate Journal-page 17)
3/15/2023 Ratified R 8 (Senate Journal-page 20)
3/20/2023 Signed By Governor
3/23/2023 Effective date 03/20/23

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

2/15/2023
2/15/2023-A
2/21/2023
2/22/2023


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NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY VERSION. THIS DOCUMENT WILL REMAIN IN THIS VERSION UNTIL FINAL APPROVAL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

(R8, H3961)

AN ACT TO AMEND ACT 535 OF 1982, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE ELECTION OF THE SEVEN MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SUMMERVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT 2 OF DORCHESTER COUNTY, SO AS TO CHANGE THE METHOD OF ELECTING FROM AT-LARGE TO SINGLE-MEMBER DISTRICTS, TO DESIGNATE A MAP NUMBER ON WHICH THESE SINGLE-MEMBER ELECTION DISTRICTS ARE DELINEATED, TO CHANGE THE CANDIDATE FILING METHOD, AND TO PROVIDE DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION FOR THE NEWLY DRAWN ELECTION DISTRICTS.

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

Board of trustees Summerville School District 2, districts

SECTION 1.    Section 2(b) of Act 535 of 1982, as last amended by Act 445 of 2000, is further amended to read:

(b)(1) Notwithstanding another provision of law, the Board of Trustees of Summerville School District 2 must be governed by a seven-member board of trustees. Beginning with the 2024 General Election, each of the seven members of the Summerville School District 2 Board of Trustees must be elected in nonpartisan elections to be conducted at the same time as the general election every two to four years thereafter, except as may be provided to stagger the members' terms. The board members must be elected by the qualified electors of Summerville School District 2 from one of the seven defined single-member districts as shown on the Summerville School District 2 map on file with the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office and designated as document S-35-02-23. This map, unless subsequently amended by the General Assembly or a court of competent jurisdiction, must be used for school district elections beginning with the 2024 General Election and to fill any vacancies that occur following the 2024 school district elections. A board member representing a numbered district must be a resident of the school district and the numbered single-member district from which he is elected, and only those electors residing in the particular district are eligible to vote for the trustee who will represent the district.

(2) Notwithstanding another provision of law, the seven incumbent members of the Board of Trustees of Summerville School District 2 holding office on June 30, 2024, shall serve until their successors are elected in the 2024 school district elections and qualify. These incumbent board members may seek election to the Board of Trustees of Summerville School District 2 in the 2024 school district elections.

(3) The members of the Board of Trustees of Summerville School District 2 must be elected to four-year terms and until their successors are elected and qualify, except that of the seven board members elected in the 2024 school district elections, all members elected to even-numbered districts shall serve initial two-year terms to expire in November of 2026, when their successors are elected in the 2026 school district elections and qualify, and all members elected to odd-numbered districts shall serve full four-year terms and until their successors are elected in the 2028 school district elections and qualify.

(4) Vacancies on the board must be filled by appointment upon a majority vote of the members of the House of Representatives and a majority of the Senators representing Summerville School District 2 until the next general election, at which time a successor must be elected in the same manner provided in this act for the unexpired term or for a full term as the case may be.

(5) Any person who wishes to become a candidate for election to the Board of Trustees of Summerville School District 2 shall file a statement of intention of candidacy with the Dorchester County Board of Voter Registration and Elections as provided in Section 7-13-352.

(6) The results of the school district elections must be determined by the nonpartisan plurality method pursuant to Section 5-15-61.

(7) The demographic information for each of the seven single-member districts shown on the Summerville School District 2 map is as follows:

District    Pop.    Dev.    %Dev.    Hisp.    %Hisp.

1    20,949    192    0.92%    977    4.66%

2    21,561    804    3.87%    1,500    6.96%

3    19,856    -901    -4.34%    2,479    12.48%

4    20,762    5    0.02%    1,517    7.31%

5    21,296    539    2.60%    1,366    6.41%

6    20,187    -570    -2.75%    1,027    5.09%

7    20,689    -68    -0.33%    1,555    7.52%

Totals    145,300            10,421    7.17%

District    NH White    %NH White    NH Blk.    %NH Blk.    VAP    %VAP

1    14,818    70.73%    3,943    18.82%    15,211    72.61%

2    12,500    57.98%    5,774    26.78%    16,505    76.55%

3    9,744    49.07%    5,759    29.00%    14,246    71.75%

4    11,963    57.62%    5,570    26.83%    15,425    74.29%

5    14,447    67.84%    4,138    19.43%    16,204    76.09%

6    13,246    65.62%    4,695    23.26%    15,505    76.81%

7    14,091    68.11%    3,839    18.56%    14,937    72.20%

Totals    90,809    62.50%    33,718    23.21%    108,033

District    HVAP    %HVAP    WVAP    %WVAP    BVAP    %BVAP

1    595    3.91%    11,022    72.46%    2,799    18.40%

2    940    5.70%    10,100    61.19%    4,196    25.42%

3    1,589    11.15%    7,444    52.25%    3,883    27.26%

4    975    6.32%    9,455    61.30%    3,800    24.64%

5    810    5.00%    11,596    71.56%    2,872    17.72%

6    639    4.12%    10,666    68.79%    3,357    21.65%

7    928    6.21%    10,637    71.21%    2,525    16.90%

Totals    6,476    5.99%    70,920    65.65%    23,432    21.69%

District boundaries

SECTION 2.    The exterior boundaries of Summerville School District 2 are not altered by the provisions of this act. These school district lines are as defined by law and any census blocks which may be divided are done so only for statistical purposes and to establish a population base.

Time effective

SECTION 3.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 15th day of March, 2023.

Approved the 20th day of March, 2023. -- L.

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