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H 3521 - Requires an elected official who has vacated elected office because of a criminal conviction to pay for the election to fill the seat

Tracking Level: Of Interest
Sponsor: Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D)
Last Action: 1/12/2021 - House - Referred to Committee on Judiciary
House Committee: Judy
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Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires an elected official, who has vacated elected office during the term because of a criminal conviction, to pay for the ensuing primary, runoff primary or special election necessary to fill the seat. 

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Session 124 - (2021-2022)Printer Friendly
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H 3521 General Bill, By Cobb-Hunter and Atkinson
Similar (S 0311)
Summary: Elected position vacancy due to conviction
    A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 8-1-200 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT AN ELECTED LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL PUBLIC OFFICIAL WHOSE OFFICE IS DECLARED VACANT DUE TO A CRIMINAL CONVICTION DURING THE OFFICIAL'S TERM OF OFFICE SHALL REIMBURSE THE APPROPRIATE STATE OR LOCAL ELECTIONS AUTHORITY FOR THE ACTUAL COSTS OF HOLDING THE ENSUING PRIMARY, RUNOFF PRIMARY, OR SPECIAL ELECTION NECESSITATED BY THE OFFICIAL'S REMOVAL FROM OFFICE PRIOR TO THE EXPIRATION OF HIS TERM; TO AUTHORIZE THE PRESIDING JUDGE BEFORE WHOM AN INCUMBENT ELECTED LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL PUBLIC OFFICIAL WAS CONVICTED TO ORDER THE OFFICIAL TO PAY, COMPENSATE, OR REIMBURSE THE APPROPRIATE STATE OR LOCAL ELECTIONS AUTHORITY FOR THE ACTUAL COSTS OF HOLDING THE ENSUING PRIMARY, RUNOFF PRIMARY, OR SPECIAL ELECTION; AND TO REQUIRE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OR THE CIRCUIT SOLICITOR TO ASK THE PRESIDING JUDGE TO INCLUDE AN ORDER REQUIRING THE ELECTED LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL PUBLIC OFFICIAL TO PAY, COMPENSATE, OR REIMBURSE THE APPROPRIATE STATE OR LOCAL ELECTIONS AUTHORITY FOR THE ACTUAL COSTS OF HOLDING THE ENSUING PRIMARY, RUNOFF PRIMARY, OR SPECIAL ELECTION.
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12/16/20House Prefiled
12/16/20House Referred to Committee on Judiciary
01/12/21House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 222)
01/12/21House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 222)



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