Current Status Bill Number:
851Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19980114Primary Sponsor: LeventisAll Sponsors: Leventis, Saleeby, Ford, Ravenel, Holland, O'Dell, Reese, McConnell, Cork, Hutto and ShortDrafted Document Number: res1545.pplResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJSubject: State Government business, Governor, General Assembly, responsible official defined
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19980527 Recommitted to Committee 11 SJ Senate 19980422 Recalled from Committee, 11 SJ placed on the Calendar Senate 19980114 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee Senate 19971215 Prefiled, referred to Committee 11 SJView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
Indicates Matter Stricken
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April 22, 1998
Introduced by Senators Leventis, Saleeby, Ford, Ravenel, Holland, O'Dell, Reese, McConnell, Cork, Hutto and Short
S. Printed 4/22/98--S.
Read the first time January 14, 1998.
TO AMEND SECTION 1-3-10 OF THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO IMMEDIATELY FURNISHING INFORMATION ON THE AFFAIRS OR ACTIVITIES OF STATE GOVERNMENT TO THE GOVERNOR, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION SHALL ALSO BE IMMEDIATELY FURNISHED TO MEMBERS AND COMMITTEES OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, TO DEFINE RESPONSIBLE OFFICIAL, AND TO PROVIDE THAT A RESPONSIBLE OFFICIAL SHALL BE SUSPENDED FOR WILFULLY FAILING TO IMMEDIATELY FURNISH INFORMATION UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE METHOD OF TERMINATION OR REMOVAL
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 1-3-10 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 1-3-10. (A) The Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the responsible official of each departments department, bureaus bureau, divisions division, officers office, boards board, commissions commission, institutions institution or any and other agencies agency or undertakings undertaking of the State, upon request, shall immediately furnish to the Governor or a member or committee of the General Assembly in such form as he the requestor may require, any information desired by him in relation to their the requestor regarding any of the respective affairs or activities of the entities governed by this section.
(B) For the purpose of this section, 'responsible official' means the chief administrative officer or agency or department head of an entity, by whatever designation known. A responsible official shall be deemed to be the person required to comply with any request made pursuant to the provisions of this section.
(C) Upon the filing of a written notice, by the requestor, setting forth the specific facts to the governing authority of an entity that a responsible official has wilfully or knowingly failed or refused to comply with the provisions of this section, the responsible official must be suspended without pay by the governing authority of the entity until such time as a hearing can be held subject to the provisions of Chapter 23 of Title 1, but in no event shall the suspension exceed ten days. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no responsible official shall be terminated from employment or removed from office for a violation of this section except as provided for in Section 2 of Article XV of the South Carolina Constitution."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.