S. 76 – Carry Forward Fund Reporting

S. 76 would require that every state agency, or institution, report to the Executive Budget Office the categories and amount of other funds that were carried forward.  The bill would also require the EBO to publish a report for the General Assembly with this information.

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H.3445 – County Government Control Over Recreation Commissions

H.3445 would permit county delegations to abolish a county recreation commission and devolve the commission’s power to the county government. Local governments should have control over duties normally performed by a recreation commission.

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H.3497 – House Ethics Rules Change

H.3497 is a resolution that would change the House rules to align with the so-called ethics reform bill that passed last year. This resolution would send all ethics complaints to the State Ethics Commission for investigation, excepting only those that deal with House rule violations. Half of the agency’s commissioners will now be appointed by the […]

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H. 3002 – Regulatory Freedom Act

H. 3002 would require that new regulations issued would expire after 5 years, unless they are reviewed by the General Assembly.  While there are exceptions, this would be a step in the right direction towards freeing South Carolina.

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S.180 – DDSN Commission Turned into Advisory Board, Director Appointed by Governor

S.180 turns the Commission on Disabilities and Special Needs into an advisory board rather than the governing body of the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and makes the department director a gubernatorial appointment subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. This bill also gives the Governor the authority to remove the director at […]

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S.140 – Making the Commissioner of Agriculture a Gubernatorial Appointment

S.140 is a joint resolution to amend the Constitution and would make the Commissioner of Agriculture a gubernatorial appointment with advice and consent of the Senate rather than a statewide elected office. The Commissioner of Agriculture is an executive office and it should properly be appointed by and answerable to the Governor.

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S.130 – Making County Election Board Chairmen Gubernatorial Appointments

S.130 would make the chairmen of county election boards gubernatorial appointments, rather than allowing the county election boards to elect their own chairmen. Under this bill, the county legislative delegation would recommend a chairman and the Governor would then make the appointment. County election boards, including their chairmen, should be appointed by and accountable to […]

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S.129 – Making the Secretary of State a Gubernatorial Appointment

S.129 is a joint resolution to amend the Constitution and would make the Secretary of State a gubernatorial appointment with advice and consent of the Senate rather than a statewide elected office. The Secretary of State is an executive office and it should properly be appointed by and answerable to the Governor.

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S.111 – Legislative Delegations May Remove Governor’s Appointment Power Over Election Boards

S.111 would allow county legislative delegations to remove the Governor’s appointment power over county boards of voter registration and elections, giving it to the county governing body by delegation resolution. While this legislation is likely an attempt to establish some additional accountability for election boards, it does nothing to address the real issue, namely that […]

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S.110 – Legislative Delegations May Remove Governor’s Appointment Power Over Special Purpose Districts

S.110 would allow county legislative delegations to remove the Governor’s appointment power over special purpose or public service districts and give it to the county governing body. While this legislation is an attempt to establish some accountability for the numerous and notoriously unaccountable special purpose districts, it fails to deal with the real problem. True […]

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