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H 3150 - Removes a municipality's authority not to conduct general elections

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: Laurie Funderburk (D)
Last Action: 5/15/2017 - Act No. 15
House Committee: Judy
Senate Committee: Judy
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

05.02.2017 The Senate Judiciary Committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended. The amendment strikes the section consolidating elections to November of even years. Another amendment was passed that allows a ranked ballot to be sent to overseas voters immediately following the 5th Congressional district primary.
03.21.2017 THe House Judiciary Committee gave this bill a favorable report.
03.09.2017 The House Judiciary Election Laws subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Removes a municipality's authority to declare a winner without conducting a general election where only one candidate registers and no write-in candidates declare candidacy within 14 days of the close of the filing period.

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H*3150 (Rat #0039, Act #0015 of 2017) General Bill, By Funderburk
Summary: Special elections
    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-190, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO SPECIAL ELECTIONS TO FILL VACANCIES IN OFFICES, SO AS TO ADJUST THE DATES ON WHICH PRIMARIES, RUNOFF PRIMARIES, AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS MUST BE HELD, AND TO REMOVE THE EXEMPTION FROM HOLDING CERTAIN SPECIAL AND GENERAL ELECTIONS; AND TO REQUIRE THE STATE ELECTION COMMISSION TO PROVIDE RANK CHOICE BALLOTS FOR A FEDERAL SPECIAL ELECTION FOR WHICH THE PRIMARY IS HELD ON MAY 2, 2017, TO INDIVIDUALS CASTING BALLOTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE UNIFORMED AND OVERSEAS CITIZENS ABSENTEE VOTING ACT. - ratified title
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12/15/16House Prefiled
12/15/16House Referred to Committee on Judiciary
01/10/17House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 93)
01/10/17House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 93)
03/22/17House Committee report: Favorable Judiciary (House Journal-page 51)
03/28/17House Debate adjourned until Wed., 3-29-17 (House Journal-page 45)
03/29/17House Amended (House Journal-page 34)
03/29/17House Read second time (House Journal-page 34)
03/29/17House Roll call Yeas-84 Nays-23 (House Journal-page 36)
03/30/17House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 15)
03/30/17Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 8)
03/30/17Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 8)
03/30/17 Scrivener's error corrected
03/31/17Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Campsen (ch), Young, Fanning
05/02/17Senate Recalled from Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 5)
05/02/17Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 5)
05/02/17Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 5)
05/02/17Senate Roll call Ayes-38 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 5)
05/03/17 Scrivener's error corrected
05/03/17Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments (Senate Journal-page 27)
05/03/17House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled (House Journal-page 55)
05/03/17House Roll call Yeas-101 Nays-1 (House Journal-page 55)
05/04/17 Ratified R 39
05/04/17 Signed By Governor
05/09/17 Effective date See Act
05/15/17 Act No. 15



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