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S 444
Session 120 (2013-2014) 

S 0444 Joint Resolution, By O'Dell and Sheheen

Similar(S 52, S 54, S 132, S 170, S 173, S 467, H 3541) A JOINT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 7, ARTICLE VI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO DELETE THE ADJUTANT GENERALNext FROM THE LIST OF STATE OFFICERS WHICH THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TO BE ELECTED; AND TO AMEND SECTION 4, ARTICLE XIII, RELATING TO THE ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL, SO AS TO DELETE AN OBSOLETE REFERENCE TO INSPECTOR GENERAL, TO MAKE A CONFORMING CHANGE TO THE RANK OF THE PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext, TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS AMENDMENT, THE PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE FOR A FOUR-YEAR TERM COMMENCING ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING THE SECOND TUESDAY IN JANUARY FOLLOWING THE GENERAL ELECTION, WHICH MARKS THE MIDTERM OF THE GOVERNOR, EXCEPT THAT THE INITIAL TERM OF THE FIRST PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext APPOINTED PURSUANT TO THIS AMENDMENT MUST BE FOR TWO YEARS SO AS TO ALLOW SUBSEQUENT TERMS TO BE STAGGERED WITH THAT OF THE GOVERNOR, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL PROVIDE BY LAW FOR THE DUTIES, COMPENSATION, AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE OFFICE, THE PROCEDURES BY WHICH THE APPOINTMENT IS MADE, AND THE PROCEDURES BY WHICH THE PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext MAY BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE. 02/27/13 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 11) 02/27/13 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 11)


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2/27/2013



S. 444

A JOINT RESOLUTION

PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 7, ARTICLE VI OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS OF THIS STATE, SO AS TO DELETE THE PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext FROM THE LIST OF STATE OFFICERS WHICH THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES TO BE ELECTED; AND TO AMEND SECTION 4, ARTICLE XIII, RELATING TO THE ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL, SO AS TO DELETE AN OBSOLETE REFERENCE TO INSPECTOR GENERAL, TO MAKE A CONFORMING CHANGE TO THE RANK OF THE PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext, TO PROVIDE THAT BEGINNING UPON THE EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF THE PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext SERVING IN OFFICE ON THE DATE OF THE RATIFICATION OF THIS AMENDMENT, THE PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext MUST BE APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR UPON THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE FOR A FOUR-YEAR TERM COMMENCING ON THE FIRST WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING THE SECOND TUESDAY IN JANUARY FOLLOWING THE GENERAL ELECTION, WHICH MARKS THE MIDTERM OF THE GOVERNOR, EXCEPT THAT THE INITIAL TERM OF THE FIRST PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext APPOINTED PURSUANT TO THIS AMENDMENT MUST BE FOR TWO YEARS SO AS TO ALLOW SUBSEQUENT TERMS TO BE STAGGERED WITH THAT OF THE GOVERNOR, AND TO PROVIDE THAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL PROVIDE BY LAW FOR THE DUTIES, COMPENSATION, AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE OFFICE, THE PROCEDURES BY WHICH THE APPOINTMENT IS MADE, AND THE PROCEDURES BY WHICH THE PreviousADJUTANT GENERALNext MAY BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE.

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

SECTION    1.    It is proposed that Section 7, Article VI of the Constitution of this State be amended to read:

"Section 7.    There shallmust be elected by the qualified voters of the State a Secretary of State, an Attorney General, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Education, a Comptroller General, and a Commissioner of Agriculture, and an PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years, coterminous with that of the Governor. The duties and compensation of suchthese offices shallmust be prescribed by law and their compensation shallmust be neither increased nor diminished during the period for which they shall have beenare elected."

SECTION    2.    The proposed amendment must be submitted to the qualified electors at the next general election for representatives. Ballots must be provided at the various voting precincts with the following words printed or written on the ballot:

"Must Section 7, Article VI of the Constitution of this State relating to state constitutional officers be amended so as to delete the PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext from the list of state officers which the Constitution requires to be elected?

Yes    []

No    []

Those voting in favor of the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word 'Yes', and those voting against the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word 'No'."

SECTION    3.    It is proposed that Section 4, Article XIII of the Constitution of this State be amended to read:

"Section 3.    (A)    There shallmust be an Adjutant and Inspector General elected by the qualified electors of the State at the same time and in the same manner as other State officers appointed by the Governor upon the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall rank as Brigadier Major General, and whose duties and compensation shallmust be prescribed by law. The Governor shall, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint such other staff officers as the General Assembly may direct.

(B)    Beginning with the expiration of the term of the PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext serving in office on the date of the ratification of the provisions of this paragraph, the Governor, acting in his capacity as commander-in-chief, shall appoint the PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext with the advice and consent of the Senate. The PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext is the commander of all military forces within the South Carolina Military Department, and he is responsible to the Governor in his role as commander-in-chief for the proper performance of his duties. The PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext's term of office must be for four years and shall commence on the first Wednesday following the second Tuesday in January following the general election which marks the mid-term of the Governor, except that the initial term of the first PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext appointed pursuant to the provisions of this paragraph must be for two years so as to allow subsequent terms to be staggered with that of the Governor. The General Assembly shall provide by law for the duties, compensation, and qualifications for the office, the procedures by which the appointment is made, and the procedures by which the PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext may be removed from office."

SECTION    4.    The proposed amendment must be submitted to the qualified electors at the next general election for representatives. Ballots must be provided at the various voting precincts with the following words printed or written on the ballot:

"Must Section 4, Article XIII of the Constitution of this State, relating to state constitutional officers, be amended so as to delete an obsolete reference to the Inspector General; to make a conforming change to the rank of the PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext; to provide that upon the expiration of the term of the PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext serving in office on the date of the ratification of this provision, the PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext must be appointed by the Governor, upon the advice and consent of the Senate for a four-year term commencing on the first Wednesday following the second Tuesday in January following the general election which marks the midterm of the Governor, except that the initial term of the first PreviousAdjutant GeneralNext appointed pursuant to the provisions of this amendment must be for two years so as to allow subsequent terms to be staggered with that of the Governor; and to require the General Assembly to provide by law for the duties, compensation, and qualifications for the office, the procedures by which the appointment is made, and the procedures by which the PreviousAdjutant General may be removed from office?

Yes    []

No    []

Those voting in favor of the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word 'Yes', and those voting against the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word 'No'."

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