S.99 – Creating the Office of FOIA Review

S.99 creates a new judicial branch under the Administrative Law Court that would oversee Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) appeals and challenges, and would institute a number of reforms to current FOIA law. Some of the positive reforms include capping search fees and deposit requirements, and slightly reducing the required response time to a FOIA […]

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S.96 – Requiring the Judicial Merit Selection Commission to Submit Names of All Qualified Candidates

S.96 would require the Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC) to submit the names of every qualified judicial candidate to the General Assembly, instead of the Commission’s top three picks. While this would reform only one aspect of the corrupt judicial elections system, it would marginally decrease the power of the unaccountable JMSC and make the […]

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S.86 – Calling for a Convention of States to Amend the US Constitution

S.86 is a resolution calling for an Article V Convention of States to amend the US Constitution. The resolution attempts to limit potential amendment subjects to fiscal restraints, limits on federal power and jurisdiction, and term limits. While no one would argue that the federal government needs additional restraint, the Convention of State approach is […]

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S.96 – Requiring the Judicial Merit Selection Commission to Submit Names of All Qualified Candidates

S.96 would require the Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC) to submit the names of every qualified judicial candidate to the General Assembly, instead of the Commission’s top three picks. While this would reform only one aspect of the corrupt judicial elections system, it would marginally decrease the power of the unaccountable JMSC and make the […]

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H.3233 – Convention of States

H.3233 calls for an Article V Convention of States to amend the Constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and term limits for Congressmen. There are major concerns with this bill, not the least of which is that many of the solutions these resolutions call for already exist at […]

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H.3220 – Creation of an Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council

H.3220 creates the Education and Economic Development Coordinating Council. It would be comprised of various agency heads and education representatives. The council’s role would be to advise the Department of Education, Department of Commerce, State Board of Education, etc. on the implementation of the South Carolina Education and Economic Development Act. This mandates that career awareness and […]

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H.3207 – Changing the Appointment of JMSC Members

H.3207 would reduce the size of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC) from ten to eight members. It changes the appointment of members, allowing the Governor, who currently does not have appointment power, to appoint four. The bill places restrictions on who is eligible for appointment to the JMSC. Finally, it would require the commission to […]

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H.3204 – JMSC Reform

H.3204 would require the Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC) to provide a list of all qualified candidates for judgeships to be submitted to the General Assembly for election. This would change the current system in which the JMSC only nominates three judges that the General Assembly can then vote on.

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H.3179 – Voting on Multiple Budget Bill Sections

H.3179 would remove the roll-call requirement for certain legislative votes. Legislators would be able to vote on “a certain number” of budget sections, as authorized by the chambers’ rules committees. This bill would largely defeat the purpose of the roll-call voting requirement, which is to ensure citizens know how their legislators voted on any one particular […]

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H.3178 – Voting on Multiple Budget Bill Sections

H.3178 would remove the roll-call requirement for certain legislative votes. Legislators would be able to vote on up to ten budget sections. However, members would be able to record their individual vote if they so choose. At any rate, this bill would largely defeat the purpose of the roll-call voting requirement, which is to ensure citizens […]

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