Current Status Bill Number:
3203Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19950110Primary Sponsor: StuartAll Sponsors: StuartDrafted Document Number: GJK\21225SD.95Residing Body: HouseDate of Last Amendment: 19960627Subject: School district trustee or county education member
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19960627 Read third time, returned to House with amendment Senate 19960627 Amended Senate 19960626 Continued the Bill Senate 19960626 Amended, debate interrupted Senate 19960507 Amended, read second time Senate 19960229 Committee report: Favorable with 04 SED amendment Senate 19960123 Introduced, read first time, 04 SED referred to Committee House 19960118 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19960111 Amended, read second time House 19960111 Objection by Representative Stuart Knotts House 19960111 Objection ordered removed from the Bill Fair House 19950517 Continued the Bill House 19950503 Objection withdrawn by Representative Simrill House 19950426 Objection by Representative Kirsh Moody- Lawrence House 19950426 Objection withdrawn by Representative Quinn Klauber House 19950419 Objection withdrawn by Representative Herdklotz House 19950412 Objection withdrawn by Representative Mason House 19950412 Objection withdrawn by Representative Cotty House 19950406 Objection by Representative Simrill R. Smith Herdklotz Mason Fair Vaughn Klauber Cotty Quinn House 19950404 Committee report: Favorable with 21 HEPW amendment House 19950110 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
AMENDED--NOT PRINTED IN THE SENATE
June 27, 1996
(Updated September 18, 1996)
S. Printed 6/26/96--S.
Read the first time January 23, 1996.
TO ESTABLISH AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONUMENT TO BE ERECTED ON THE STATE HOUSE GROUNDS, TO CREATE A COMMISSION TO SELECT THE DESIGN AND PLACEMENT OF THE MONUMENT, AND TO FURTHER DIRECT THE COMMISSION TO CONDUCT A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR AN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM.
Amend Title To Conform
Whereas, the State of South Carolina has, as a matter of state policy, erected various monuments on the State House grounds to honor the contributions of various individuals and groups to the state's history; and
Whereas, the State has recently reaffirmed this policy by requiring all portraits, flags, banners, monuments, statues, and plaques which are removed during the current State House Renovation Project to be returned to their original locations following completion of the project; and
Whereas, not one of the monuments and memorials recognizes the contributions and efforts of an African-American individual; and
Whereas, some official symbol should be placed that recognizes the special and unique experiences and contributions of African-Americans in this State; and
Whereas, the placement of a permanent monument on the State House grounds is the most visible and efficient means of official recognition. Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. There is hereby established on the grounds of the State House an African-American History Monument. The design and location of the monument shall be determined by the commission appointed pursuant to Section 2 of this act. The commission shall make reasonable efforts to incorporate all eras of African-American history in the design. The monument shall be erected as soon as is reasonably possible after it is approved by the General Assembly by concurrent resolution and the State House Renovation Project is completed.
SECTION 2. (A) An African-American History Monument Commission is created to determine the design of the monument and to determine the location of the monument on the State House grounds. The commission is empowered and directed to raise private funds and to receive gifts and grants to carry out the purpose for which it is created. The commission in this regard shall have the power to cause to be created a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation the purpose of which shall be to receive and disburse funds for the African-American History Monument. The staff of the State Budget and Control Board shall assist the commission with the preparation and maintenance of financial records for the purpose of ensuring proper accounting of the records. The financial records are public records for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act, except that the names of anonymous donors shall not be disclosed.
By April 1, 1997, the commission shall report the proposed design and location of the monument to the State House Committee for its approval. After action by the committee approving the design and location, the State House Committee shall cause to be introduced the concurrent resolution serving as the instrument of approval as provided in Section 1 of this act. The State shall ensure proper maintenance of the monument as is done for other historical monuments on the State House grounds.
Four members of the commission must be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, four members must be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and one member must be appointed by the Governor. Notwithstanding Section 8-13-770 of the 1976 Code, members of the General Assembly may be appointed to this commission. One of the members appointed by the President Pro Tempore must be a Senator and one of the members appointed by the Speaker must be a member of the House of Representatives.
The commission shall elect a chairman, vice chairman, and such other officers as it deems appropriate from among its membership. The senior senator of the commission shall call an organizational meeting for the purpose of electing officers and such other matters as may arise. Commission members are not entitled to receive the subsistence, mileage, and per diem otherwise provided by law for members of state boards, committees, and commissions.
(B) The commission also shall study the feasibility of establishing an African-American History Museum analogous to the Confederate Relic Room and make recommendations with respect to its findings on this subject to the State House Committee. This new museum shall collect and display historical artifacts and other items reflecting African-American history in this State. A preliminary report on this study must be made to the State House Committee no later than April 1, 1997, and a final report and recommendation on this study must be made by January 1, 2000.
(C) The commission established pursuant to this act is dissolved on January 1, 2000. However, the commission must be dissolved earlier if both the monument is dedicated and the final report is made before January 1, 2000, in which case the commission must be dissolved on the date of the later occurring event of the dedication of the monument or the receipt of the final report. If the African-American History Monument has not been dedicated by January 1, 2000, the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the African-American History Monument Commission shall be devolved upon the State House Committee.
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.