2001-02 South Carolina SB 1259 - Covenant Marriage Study


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2001 South Carolina Senate Bill No. 1259
(R449, S1259)

VERSION: Enrolled
June 6, 2002
Fair

A JOINT RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE SOUTH CAROLINA COVENANT MARRIAGE STUDY
COMMITTEE, TO PROVIDE FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP, SCOPE OF STUDY, AND REPORTING
REQUIREMENTS, AND TO ABOLISH THE STUDY COMMITTEE UPON SUBMISSION OF ITS
REPORT.


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

South Carolina Covenant Marriage Study Committee created

SECTION 1. (A) There is created the South Carolina Covenant Marriage Study
Committee to be composed of:

(1) one family court judge to be appointed by the Chief Justice of the
South Carolina Supreme Court;

(2) one probate court judge to be appointed by the Chief Justice of the
South Carolina Supreme Court;

(3) one clerk of court to be appointed by the Chief Justice of the South
Carolina Supreme Court;

(4) two Senators to be appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the
Senate;

(5) two members of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the
Speaker of the House of Representatives;

(6) one professor from the University of South Carolina, School of Law to
be appointed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the Dean of the Law
School;

(7) three interested citizens representing differing viewpoints on the
issue to be appointed by the Governor.

(B) The study committee shall consider the constitutional, statutory,
social, and ethical ramifications of adopting a procedure to allow covenant
marriage in South Carolina. The committee may consider laws passed in other
states, statistical studies, and other relevant information and testimony.
The committee also shall review any legislation related to covenant marriage
that was introduced during the 2001-2002 legislative session of the General
Assembly.

(C) The members of the committee may not receive compensation and are not
entitled to receive mileage, per diem, and subsistence.

(D) The committee shall submit a report containing its findings and
recommendations to the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and
the Speaker of the House of Representatives before March 1, 2003. Upon
submission of the report the committee is abolished.

(E) The committee must be staffed by personnel as provided and assigned by
the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, by the Speaker of the House of
Representatives, and by the Governor.

Time effective

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



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