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Bill Number: 3436 Ratification Number: 594 Act Number 487 Introducing Body: House Subject: Relating to election of county council members
(A487, R594, H3436)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 4-9-90, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ELECTION OF COUNTY COUNCIL MEMBERS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE COUNCIL MAY BY ORDINANCE CHANGE TERMS OF OFFICE FROM TWO YEARS TO FOUR-YEAR STAGGERED TERMS SUBJECT TO REFERENDUM APPROVAL AND PROVIDE FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH ORDINANCES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Council may change terms
Section 1. Section 4-9-90 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by an act of 1980 bearing ratification number 308, is further amended by adding at the end:
"In any county in which terms of county council members are for two years only, the council may by ordinance change such terms to four-year staggered terms but such ordinance shall not become effective until approved by a favorable vote of the qualified electors of the county voting in a referendum conducted for that purpose. In the event the referendum is conducted at the time of the general election in which council members are elected, and the vote is favorable on the ordinance, the terms of council members shall automatically be changed to four-year terms except that of those elected in that general election one half plus one of such members who receive the highest vote shall serve four-year terms and the remaining members elected shall serve terms of two years only."
Section 2. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.