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A324, R345, S816
Sponsors: Senators Ford and Kuhn
Document Path: l:\council\bills\pt\1786mm04.doc
Companion/Similar bill(s): 4531
Introduced in the Senate on January 13, 2004
Introduced in the House on March 18, 2004
Last Amended on March 17, 2004
Passed by the General Assembly on May 20, 2004
Governor's Action: June 18, 2004, Signed
Summary: Essie Mae Washington-Williams, Strom Thurmond monument
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/13/2004 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-32 1/13/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-32 3/10/2004 Senate Committee report: Favorable Judiciary SJ-13 3/11/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-19 3/11/2004 Senate Ordered to third reading with notice of amendments SJ-19 3/17/2004 Senate Amended SJ-36 3/17/2004 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-36 3/18/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-6 3/18/2004 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-6 5/12/2004 House Committee report: Favorable Judiciary HJ-7 5/19/2004 House Read second time HJ-40 5/20/2004 House Read third time and enrolled HJ-46 6/2/2004 Ratified R 345 6/18/2004 Signed By Governor 6/24/2004 Copies available 6/24/2004 Effective date See Act 10/20/2004 Act No. 324
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
(A324, R345, S816)
A JOINT RESOLUTION TO DIRECT THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSE COMMITTEE TO MODIFY THE MONUMENT ERECTED ON THE GROUNDS OF THE CAPITOL COMPLEX IN RECOGNITION OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE LATE STROM THURMOND, UNITED STATES SENATOR FROM THE PALMETTO STATE, SO AS TO INCLUDE THE NAME OF ESSIE MAE WASHINGTON-WILLIAMS AMONG THE ENGRAVED NAMES OF HIS CHILDREN, TO CHANGE THE NUMBER OF HIS CHILDREN FROM FOUR TO FIVE, AND TO REQUIRE THAT THE MODIFICATION BE FUNDED FROM PRIVATE SOURCES.
Whereas, the late Strom Thurmond, the longest serving United States Senator and the only Senator in history to be elected as a write-in candidate, is a favorite son of the State of South Carolina; and
Whereas, the citizens of South Carolina have been active participants in his legendary and historical achievements and accomplishments for several successive generations; and
Whereas, even in his death, the State of South Carolina continues to be caught up in his memorable life as Essie Mae Washington-Williams, his acknowledged biracial daughter, claims her rightful heritage with grace and dignity; and
Whereas, her proclamation serves to acknowledge for her four children the meaning and place of their lives in history; and
Whereas, her very human story also serves to grant the citizens of the Palmetto State the opportunity to share in the humanity, as well as the history, of one of their most cherished characters. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Include Essie Mae on monument
SECTION 1. The South Carolina State House Committee, charged with the responsibility of reviewing and approving all alterations or renovations of the State House or its grounds, pursuant to Section 10-1-40 of the 1976 Code, and as successor in interest to the Strom Thurmond Monument Commission for purposes of proper maintenance of the historical monument, pursuant to Act 159 of 1997, is hereby directed to modify the monument erected on the grounds of the Capitol Complex in recognition of the accomplishments of the late Strom Thurmond, United States Senator from the Palmetto State, so as to include the name Essie Mae among the engraved names of his children, and to change the number of children listed on the monument from four to five.
Fund modification privately
SECTION 2. This modification must be funded entirely by private funds. The committee is empowered and directed to raise and receive private funds, grants, and gifts to carry out the purpose of this act.
SECTION 3. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor and must be implemented before July 1, 2004.
Ratified the 2nd day of June, 2004.
Approved the 18th day of June, 2004.
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