South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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R118, S996

STATUS INFORMATION

Joint Resolution
Sponsors: Senators Alexander, Rankin and Hutto
Document Path: l:\s-jud\bills\alexander\jud0083.hla.docx
Companion/Similar bill(s): 4827

Introduced in the Senate on January 14, 2020
Introduced in the House on January 21, 2020
Last Amended on January 30, 2020
Passed by the General Assembly on February 5, 2020
Governor's Action: February 6, 2020, Signed

Summary: Public Utilities Review Committee

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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   1/14/2020  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 66)
   1/14/2020  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 66)
   1/15/2020  Senate  Recalled from Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 2)
   1/15/2020  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 2)
   1/16/2020          Scrivener's error corrected
   1/16/2020  Senate  Read third time and sent to House 
                        (Senate Journal-page 22)
   1/16/2020  Senate  Roll call Ayes-37  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 22)
   1/21/2020  House   Introduced, read first time, placed on calendar without 
                        reference (House Journal-page 71)
   1/22/2020  House   Requests for debate-Rep(s).  King, Rutherford, 
                        Cobb-Hunter, Ott, Brawley, Govan, Garvin, Matthews, 
                        Bamberg, S Williams, Gilliard, Fry, Crawford, 
                        Clemmons, Moore (House Journal-page 32)
   1/23/2020  House   Requests for debate removed-Rep(s).  King, Fry, 
                        Crawford, Rutherford, S Williams, Ott, Brawley, 
                        Garvin, Matthews, Clemmons, Cobb-Hunter, Moore 
                        (House Journal-page 51)
   1/23/2020  House   Amended (House Journal-page 52)
   1/23/2020  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 52)
   1/23/2020  House   Roll call Yeas-78  Nays-32 (House Journal-page 54)
   1/28/2020  House   Returned to Senate with amendments 
                        (House Journal-page 19)
   1/30/2020  Senate  House amendment amended (Senate Journal-page 12)
   1/30/2020  Senate  Returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 12)
   1/31/2020          Scrivener's error corrected
    2/5/2020  House   Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled 
                        (House Journal-page 26)
    2/5/2020  House   Roll call Yeas-79  Nays-19 (House Journal-page 26)
    2/6/2020          Ratified R  118
    2/6/2020          Signed By Governor
   2/11/2020          Effective date  02/06/2020

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1/15/2020
1/16/2020
1/21/2020
1/23/2020
1/23/2020-A
1/30/2020
1/31/2020


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(R118, S996)

A JOINT RESOLUTION TO REQUIRE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE TO EXTEND THE SCREENING FOR CANDIDATES FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION, SEATS 1, 3, 5, AND 7; TO REQUIRE THESE POSITIONS TO BE ADVERTISED FOR AN ADDITIONAL TIME PERIOD AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH CERTAIN PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS; TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FROM FEBRUARY 3, 2020, THROUGH NOON ON FEBRUARY 28, 2020; TO PROVIDE WHO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE MAY CONSIDER; TO PROVIDE WHEN TRANSCRIPTS FROM PUBLIC HEARINGS MAY BE RELEASED; AND TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE.

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

Candidate screening extended for Public Service Commission Seats 1, 3, 5, and 7

SECTION    1.    The Public Utilities Review Committee conducted a screening of candidates for the Public Service Commission, Seats 1, 3, 5, and 7. After the committee's public hearings, held on January 7 and 8, 2020, a total of six candidates were found qualified.

The Public Utilities Review Committee shall extend the screening for candidates for the Public Service Commission, Seats 1, 3, 5, and 7. The committee previously fulfilled the notice requirements pursuant to Section 2-20-15 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976; however, the committee is directed to advertise for these positions for an additional time period, to begin no later than Sunday, January 26, 2020, through Sunday, February 23, 2020. This advertisement shall be forwarded to three newspapers of general circulation in Congressional Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 with a request that the advertisement be published once a week. The committee also must forward the advertisement to media outlets for a general press release as well as make reasonable efforts to notify professional organizations within South Carolina, if applicable, that represent the areas of background and expertise listed in Section 58-3-20(A)(2) regarding the vacancies.

The committee will accept applications from Monday, February 3, 2020, through noon on Friday, February 28, 2020. These applications will be considered by the committee, in addition to the applications of those persons whom the committee found qualified on January 8, 2020. Applicants who either withdrew, or who the committee failed to find "qualified" for Seats 1, 3, 5, or 7 from October 11, 2019, through this joint resolution's effective date, shall not receive further consideration.

The committee shall simultaneously release the transcripts, including exhibits, from all public hearings during this screening process within a reasonable time upon the completion of all public hearings for candidates.

In screening candidates for the Public Service Commission and making its findings, the Public Utilities Review Committee must seek to find the best qualified people by giving due consideration to the: (1) ability, dedication, compassion, common sense, and integrity of the candidates; and (2) race and gender of the candidates and other demographic factors to assure nondiscrimination to the greatest extent possible of all segments of the population of the State.

Time effective

SECTION    2.    This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

Ratified the 6th day of February, 2020.

Approved the 6th day of February, 2020. -- T.

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