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S 0233 - Defines public prayer as a prayer or invocation

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: George Campsen (R)
Last Action: 6/9/2016 - Act No. 198
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05.19.2016 The House Judiciary Committee gave this bill a favorable report.
05.18.2016 The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report.
03.22.2016 The Senate Judiciary Committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended. The amendment removes the General Assembly from being subject to the bill and removes a “member of the public body” as being eligible to serve as the body’s chaplain.
03.15.2016 The Senate Judiciary Committee carried this bill over.
03.01.2016 The Senate Judiciary Committee carried this bill over.
02.25.2016 A Senate Judiciary subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Defines a public prayer in open meetings of deliberative bodies as a prayer or invocation and makes other changes to the SC Public Invocation Act to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Town of Greece, NY vs. Galloway (2014) case.


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S*0233 (Rat #0213, Act #0198 of 2016) General Bill, By Campsen, Hembree and Grooms
Summary: Prayer or invocation
    AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 6-1-160, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO INVOCATIONS TO OPEN MEETINGS OF DELIBERATIVE BODIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT PUBLIC PRAYER MEANS A PRAYER OR INVOCATION; TO PROVIDE THAT DELIBERATIVE PUBLIC BODY INCLUDES A SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD; TO PROVIDE THAT PUBLIC INVOCATIONS MAY NOT PROSELYTIZE OR ADVANCE ANY ONE FAITH OR BELIEF, OR COERCE PARTICIPATION BY OBSERVERS; AND TO BROADEN THE ITEMS THAT MAY BE INCLUDED IN A POLICY TO PERMIT PUBLIC INVOCATIONS ADOPTED BY THE PUBLIC BODY. - ratified title
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12/10/14Senate Prefiled
12/10/14Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary
01/13/15Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 145)
01/13/15Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 145)
02/05/16Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Campsen (ch), Hembree, McElveen
02/22/16 Scrivener's error corrected
03/23/16Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 7)
03/24/16 Scrivener's error corrected
04/05/16Senate Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 30)
04/05/16Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 30)
04/05/16Senate Roll call Ayes-39 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 30)
04/06/16 Scrivener's error corrected
04/06/16Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 12)
04/12/16House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 10)
04/12/16House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 10)
04/20/16House Recalled from Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 343)
04/20/16House Committed to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 343)
05/24/16House Committee report: Favorable Judiciary (House Journal-page 8)
05/31/16House Read second time (House Journal-page 11)
05/31/16House Roll call Yeas-107 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 12)
06/01/16House Read third time and enrolled (House Journal-page 6)
06/02/16 Ratified R 213
06/03/16 Signed By Governor
06/09/16 Effective date 06/03/16
06/09/16 Act No. 198



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