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PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 16, ARTICLE X OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO BENEFITS AND FUNDING OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PENSION PLANS IN THIS STATE AND INVESTMENTS ALLOWED FOR FUNDS OF THE VARIOUS STATE-OPERATED RETIREMENT SYSTEMS, SO AS TO DELETE THE RESTRICTIONS LIMITING SUCH INVESTMENTS TO AMERICAN-BASED CORPORATIONS REGISTERED ON AN AMERICAN NATIONAL EXCHANGE AS PROVIDED IN THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 OR QUOTED THROUGH THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECURITIES DEALERS AUTOMATIC QUOTATION SYSTEM.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. It is proposed that the fourth paragraph, Section 16, Article X of the Constitution of this State be amended to read:
"Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 11 of this article, the funds of the various state-operated retirement systems may be invested and reinvested in equity securities
of any corporation within the United States that is registered on a national securities exchange as provided in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or any successor act or quoted through the National Association of Securities Dealers Automatic Quotations System or similar service. Upon the enactment of the implementing legislation required by this paragraph, there is established the State Retirement Systems Investment Panel. The panel shall consist of five members, one each appointed by the Governor, the State Treasurer, the Comptroller General, and the chairmen of the respective committees of the Senate and House of Representatives having subject matter jurisdiction over appropriations. The appointee of the Governor shall serve as chairman. All persons appointed must possess substantial financial investment experience and no person may be appointed or continue to serve who is an elected or appointed officer or employee of the State or any of its political subdivisions, including school districts. The General Assembly shall implement this paragraph by enacting legislation establishing the panel and providing for the terms, duties, and compensation of its members, and which specifically authorizes the investments allowed by this paragraph, and may provide limitations on investments in equity securities as it considers prudent. The panel established by this paragraph shall not exist until it is established in the implementing legislation required pursuant to this paragraph."
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 16, Article X of the Constitution of this State relating to benefits and funding of public employee pension plans in this State and the equity securities investments allowed for funds of the various state-operated retirement systems be amended so as to delete the restrictions limiting investments in equity securities to those of American-based corporations registered on an American national exchange as provided in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or any successor act, or quoted through the National Association of Securities Dealers Automatic Quotations System or similar service?
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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