South Carolina General Assembly
114th Session, 2001-2002

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Bill 912

Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter

                    Current Status

Bill Number:                      912
Type of Legislation:              Joint Resolution JR
Introducing Body:                 Senate
Introduced Date:                  20020122
Primary Sponsor:                  Bauer
All Sponsors:                     Bauer, Courson, Alexander, Anderson, 
                                  Branton, Drummond, Elliott, Fair, Ford, Giese, 
                                  Glover, Gregory, Grooms, Hawkins, Hayes, 
                                  Holland, Hutto, Jackson, Kuhn, Land, 
                                  Leatherman, Leventis, Martin, Matthews, 
                                  McConnell, McGill, Mescher, Moore, O'Dell, 
                                  Patterson, Peeler, Pinckney, Rankin, Ravenel, 
                                  Reese, Richardson, Ritchie, Ryberg, Saleeby, 
                                  Setzler, Short, J. Verne Smith, Thomas, Verdin 
                                  and Waldrep
Drafted Document Number:          l:\council\bills\ggs\22237cm02.doc
Residing Body:                    Senate
Current Committee:                General Committee 08 SG
Subject:                          Spence, Floyd D. Memorial Commission 


Body    Date      Action Description                     Com     Leg Involved
______  ________  ______________________________________ _______ ____________
Senate  20020122  Introduced, read first time,           08 SG
                  referred to Committee

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Whereas, the late Floyd D. Spence is among the Palmetto State's greatest statesmen; and

Whereas, Floyd D. Spence began his career in public service as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1956 through 1962, followed by a term in the South Carolina Senate from 1966 through 1970; and

Whereas, Representative Spence was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1970 and served continuously until his death, performing yeoman service as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, a ranking member on the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, and a senior member on the Veterans Affairs Committee; and

Whereas, his career in public service reflected his personal sense of honor, an unshakable integrity, and a commitment to the nation's armed forces and the men and women who serve in the armed forces; and

Whereas, all who knew Floyd Spence came to learn that he understood the words duty and loyalty in their larger context and in their nobler adjuration - to listen quietly, to counsel wisely, and to keep confidences; and

Whereas, in a life in midcareer marked by illness, he persevered with his congressional duties and, following a successful double lung transplant, recovered his health and vigor and became one of the country's foremost and most outspoken promoters of organ donation; and

Whereas, following an outstanding academic and athletic career at the University of South Carolina, he took his law degree at USC, where among other honors he served as editor of the S.C. Law Quarterly, and in a navy career that began with active service in the Korean Conflict and continued in the Naval Reserve from which he retired with the rank of captain, he developed his lifelong interest in national defense issues that served the nation so well in his devotion to that cause during his congressional service and his special affection for the Navy and those who serve in the Navy, so that, as the old prayer asks "that they may be a safeguard unto the United States of America, and a security for such as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasions". Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION 1. The Floyd D. Spence Memorial Commission is created to design and establish an appropriate memorial to be placed in an existing recessed niche on the north portico of the State House to recognize the accomplishments of the late Honorable Floyd D. Spence, United States Congressman from South Carolina. The commission is empowered and directed to raise private funds, to receive private grants, to receive gifts to carry out the purpose for which it is created, and to designate the location of the memorial; provided, that this memorial must be funded entirely by private funds. By January 15, 2003, the commission shall report the proposed design, location, and dedication date of the memorial to the General Assembly. Upon the dedication of this memorial, the commission shall dissolve. Upon dissolution the State shall ensure proper maintenance of the memorial as is done for other historical memorials on the grounds of the Capitol Complex.

The commission shall be comprised of three members of the Senate to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, three members of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and three members who may or may not be members of the General Assembly to be appointed by the Governor. Notwithstanding Section 8-13-770 of the 1976 Code of Laws or any other provision of law, members of the General Assembly may be appointed to this commission and may serve on the commission.

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.

SECTION 2. This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.


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